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The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Student Joyfully Collecting Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Student Joyfully Collecting Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Student Joyfully Looking At Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Student Pointing At Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Well Celebration
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Celebrating Safe Drinking Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Celebration At The Well
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Celebrating The Well
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Students And Community Members Celebrating
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Students And School Supervisor Splashing Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Students Celebrating
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Celebrating And Splashing Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Kamasondo Chiefdom Schools Supervisor Celebrates
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Water Celebrations
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Enjoying Clean Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teacher Happy Drinking Clean And Safe Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teacher Happy For Clean And Safe Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Reviewing Bad Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Discussing Bad Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Discussing Bad Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teaching Latrine Use And Importance
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teaching Importance Of Clotheslines
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teachers Constructing Tippy Taps
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teachers Demonstrating One Of The Handwashing Methods
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teachers Splashing Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teaching Community Members About Bathing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Bailing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Bailing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Bailing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Community Member Joyfully Collecting Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Community Member Joyfully Collecting Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Community Members Joyfullly Splashing Water
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teacher Sheriff Samura
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Explaining Clothesline Use And Importance
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Comparing Practices Of Healthy And Unhealthy Communities
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Reviewing Bad Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Discussing Bad Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Balanced Diets
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Bathing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Mosquito Net Use To Fight Malaria Session
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Explaining Tippy Tap Use And Importance
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaches Handwashing
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Student Alhassan
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Teacher Amidu Mansaray
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  B S Kanu Supervisor Of Schools In Kamasondo And Lokomasama Chiefdom
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Osman Fofanah Of Ministry Of Water Resources Making Statement
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Testing Pump Cylinder
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Alternate Well
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Amidu Mansaray School Vice Principal Jpg
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Fetching Water At Open Well
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Household
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Household
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Household
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Inside School Latrine
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Latrine
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Latrine
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Market
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Mosque
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Motor Bike Garage
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Old Woman Carrying Banana Stem
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Rugietu Mansaray School Head Girl
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  School Head Boy
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  School Latrine
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  School Main Well
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  School Signboard
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Student Riding Bike To Home
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Students Inside Class Room
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Students Inside Class Room
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Students Outside Class Room
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Students Outside Class Room
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Tailor
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Water Storage For Mosque
The Water Project: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School -  Young Lady Doing Petty Trading At Her Home

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 257 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

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The growing demand for more houses is slowly turning this former village of large beautiful trees covered with green vegetation into a busy suburb of Freetown with loud music, beeping cars and a lot of homes.

Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School was started by Mr. Yusuf Sesay to help lift up the education of community members. The school was completed and opened its doors in 2016 with a beginning roster of 90 students. The school is slowly gaining popularity and increasing in population with a current total of 150 students. The school’s financial responsibility rests solely on one individual, the proprietor and acting principal Mr. Yusuf Sesay. The Principal is currently working on the school to be considered a government-assisted school. The approval will lessen the financial burden on one person and will make the students eligible for the free education program that was started this academic year.

The incomplete hand-dug well on the school grounds is evidence of the challenge faced by Mr. Sesay. It was not dug deep enough to produce reliable water, so there is no real source of water at the school. The students must then travel to a protected well located at the main junction in the village.

The absence of a reliable source of clean water throughout the year puts the community as well as the school children at great risk of drinking water from unreliable and contaminated sources. The only functioning protected water well that serves thousands of people. The everyday demand for water leaves the well with lots of containers and arguments.

When there is a shortage of clean water or people tire of waiting in line at the community well, people turn to drink the water from the nearest stream. This stream’s running water in the rainy season is so high that it makes the road impassable. But the water has reduced so much due to the dry season that most vegetables planted here die due to the lack of water. The weekends are spent at the stream for women, men and children all fighting for a standing spot to launder. The same water that is used to launder clothes is also the water used for cooking and drinking when all other water sources have dried up or inaccessible.

“I am also a member of the community that lives approximately 250 meters from the school compound. When the only protected well is broken down, everybody is left with no option but to resort to using water from less desirable sources,” said one of our staff.

“The people are left with frequent visits to the hospital with illnesses ranging from fever, typhoid, diarrhea, skin rashes, worms and parasites all from drinking contaminated water. The scarcity of water will also translate to very poor sanitation maintenance and practices.”

The lack of water at the school is a significant burden on the students. We spoke with Rugiatu, the head girl at the school. She often assigns her classmates to fetch water and has to do it herself sometimes. The burden of fetching water affects the performance of the students, she said.

“The going back and forth to the water source coupled with my three miles walk back home leaves me physically exhausted at the end of the day,” she continued.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

Well Rehabilitation

The well marked for this overhaul is dry and needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the school year-round. The top will be removed, and a hand auger will be lowered inside and powered by a drill team. This hand auger will allow the team to drill several meters deeper to hit a sufficient water column that will ensure the well supplies water throughout all seasons.

As the team drills, casing will be installed, transforming the bottom of this hand-dug well into a borehole. PVC piping will connect this lower system directly to the pump, a construction that we know will also improve the quality of water.

Once this plan is implemented, everyone within the community will have access to safe drinking water in both quality and quantity, even through the dry months.

Hygiene and Sanitation Training

There will be hygiene and sanitation training sessions offered for three days in a row.

After our visit, the hygiene and sanitation trainer decided it would be best to teach community members how to build a tippy tap (a hand-washing station built with a jerrycan, string, and sticks). They will use these tippy taps for handwashing demonstrations, and will also teach about other tools like dish racks and the importance of properly penning in animals.

These trainings will also strengthen the water user committee that manages and maintains this well. They enforce proper behavior and report to us whenever they need our help solving a serious problem, like a pump breakdown.

Project Updates


02/28/2021: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School Project Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable water point at Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School in Sierra Leone is already providing clean water to students and neighboring community members! We also conducted hygiene and sanitation training, which focused on healthy practices such as handwashing and using latrines.

“As a student of the Sulaiman Memorial Jr. Secondary School, I am extending my profound thanks and appreciation to all of you who, in diverse ways, helped in making our dream come true. You made it possible for us as a school to have safe drinking water,” said student Alhassan.

“Words are not enough to express how happy I am for us to have this well in our school compound. Walking a mile every day during school hours, going and fetching water, or even assigning my classmates to fetch water was such a huge burden. Because if they failed to do so, then I had to, as the class prefect. Sometimes I missed classes to go in search of water. But, today, I feel relieved of all our water troubles.”

Clean Water Restored

The drill team arrived the day before beginning work. They set up camp and unpacked all of their tools and supplies to prepare for drilling the next day. The school provided space for them to store their belongings and meals for the duration of their stay. The next morning, the work began.

Here is how we restored clean, reliable water here:

– Raised the tripod

– Found the original depth

– Socketed the pipes

– Installed casing

– Lined up the drill rods

– Drilled!


We reached a final depth of 18 meters with the water at 13 meters. The hand-drill method allowed the team to install the cylinder far below the aquifer so that the community has great water access throughout the year.


– Installed screening and filter pack

– Cemented an iron rod to the well lining and fixed it with an iron collar at the top

– Bailed the well by hand for 3 days and flushed it

– Tested the yield

– Built a cement platform, walls, and drainage system

– Installed a stainless steel India Mk11 pump

– Conducted a water quality test

We held the dedication on a Thursday afternoon. Among those who attended the celebration were representatives from the government’s education and water ministries, the section chief, town chief, and the village head.

A good indicator that a dedication is going to be superb happens during the construction phase of a project. The community people and the students here showed great interest with involvement at every step of the well’s construction. Equally, they showed as much interest and involvement during the dedication ceremony. Several people in great appreciation gave the vote of thanks for the work and life-saving intervention that has taken place in the form of their well.

“First of all, I am saying a very big thank you for your relentless efforts in coming down to our school and providing us with reliable and safe drinking water. We were facing a lot of challenges in terms of getting pure drinking water,” shared Assistant Principal Amidu Mansaray.

“As a teacher, I have been personally following my pupils to fetch water because the struggle for water had been one of the main excuses for pupils to escape classes and go home. I am not only happy about the water; I am also happy about me being relieved from chasing pupils around because everything has returned to normal since the rehabilitation of this well. We now have safe drinking water that we are proud of in this community.”

New Knowledge

The participants were recruited for the training through the established water user committee. We notified the committee and the teachers by telephone and through visits to the school to ensure all required facilities were in place. We also made an announcement to alert the community members about their required involvement in the training.

Before conducting any hygiene training, we made repeated phone calls and visits to the local water user committee to understand better the community’s challenges and lack of sanitation facilities. We brought the findings from our baseline survey to the committee’s attention to help them make the necessary adjustments before the training or drilling could commence. When all the necessary guidelines were met, only then did our team of hygiene trainers go to conduct the training.

Because the school shares a boundary with the mosque, worshippers also took part in the training. One of the classrooms was designated for the training of the teachers with the community. The classroom was spacious and able to accommodate the crowd of community people and students.

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps; good and bad hygiene; disease transmission and prevention; worms and parasites; proper care of teeth; proper care of the pump; keeping the water clean; the cost recovery system; dish racks and clotheslines; the importance of toilets; keeping the latrine clean; balanced diets; the diarrhea doll; and HIV and AIDS.

“We will never stop gaining knowledge until the day our maker decides our time is up. I was not enrolled in school until later in life. I had more experience and sense than most of my counterparts. I learned a great deal about the transmission of diseases and will work very hard to reduce or eliminate the rate of infection or transmission,” shared Abdul, a school student.

“This new knowledge is going to help me gain a status of excellence that I have never seen before. Knowledge is power, and this is going to enable me to encourage the other children in my village to never give up on their dream of ever going to school.”

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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04/30/2020: Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School project underway

A severe clean water shortage at Sulaiman Memorial Academy Jr. Secondary School in Sierra Leone drains students’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this school through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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Project Photos


Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Contributors

Project Underwriter - The Addison Family
Mitch Brownlie, Brisbane, Australia
2 individual donor(s)