Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Nov 2020

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/18/2023

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"This distance to fetch water is too far. What I don't like is the hilly nature of the road to the stream," said 12-year-old Kadiatu.

To get to the stream, Kadiatu and the other students at Khodeza Community School must pass a hand-dug well located on the school grounds. The open well works some parts of the year, but it goes dry during the seasonal water table drop. To get water, people must lower a bucket down into the well and haul up the water. This introduces contaminants into the water source.

This community is​ noted for waterborne sicknesses like dysentery and typhoid. In fact, this was one of the communities in which cholera struck some years back. To help prevent illness and deal with water insecurity, the school will pay for weekly water deliveries. The money spent on the water could be invested in improvements for the school.

"The unavailability of water in this of our community is so alarming. To start with water is life and we are in desperate need of it," said Mohammed Kamara, a teacher at the school.

"The distance to fetch water is too far. Most of the time our kids go to school late because they have to fetch water."

The school is named after a pair of brothers, Khode and Lizza. Their parents were motivated to open the school after the untimely death of Khode. They worked to raise funds for and construct the school in 2015 in Khode's memory. The school is almost about one hundred meters from the airport ferry road. The two-story main school building has 18 classrooms and it is expanding to accommodate the growing population of students in pre-primary, primary and secondary classes that stands at 729 today.

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

Well Rehabilitation

The well marked for this overhaul is dry for a few months every year and needs major work to supply adequate, clean water to the community year round. The pump 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

November, 2020: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School Project Complete!

We are excited to share that a safe, reliable water point at Khodeza Community 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.

"Having a protected hand-dug well within our school compound has greatly reduced the number of trips students take to the community to drink safe water," said Mohamed Kamara, a school teacher.

We placed handwashing stations at the well pad entrance and required everyone present to demonstrate the proper handwashing technique. We encouraged the community to keep up handwashing before fetching water to help them prevent contracting or spreading COVID-19.

Physical distancing was a relatively new concept at the time of the well's dedication and the accompanying hygiene training. Some community members were hesitant to observe physical distancing, but we continued to emphasize its importance and effectiveness in preventing the spread of the virus.

Clean Water Restored

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 14 meters with water at 9 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

The newly rehabilitated and converted well was handed over to the water user committee for monitoring. The committee is the liaison between our team and the community. The Council Representative, Councilor, committee members, teachers, and students were all present to celebrate this joyous occasion.

"The most important thing this water point is going to help me achieve is better grades and more class time. More class time also translates to being a better student because of more time to study," shared pupil Kadiatu.

Celebrating clean water

Kadiatu H

New Knowledge

The participants were recruited through the efforts of the water user committee. Letters of invitation and phone calls were made to the Ministry of Basic Secondary School Education and the Inspector of Schools in the district.

The training was held inside a classroom with different training times for teachers, staff, and students. Hygiene training sessions were held for five days because of the large population of the school. The students and the staff need to have ample time to listen and implement training lessons at school and in everyday life. The school is located on a compound with a two-story building so we held the training on the lower level of the building.

Before conducting any hygiene training, we made repeated phone calls and visits to the local water user committee to better understand 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.

Tippy tap construction

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

The most memorable topic was good and bad hygiene. Through this exercise, the students, teachers, and community members examined the common and uncommon hygiene and sanitation practices in their community. They then identified how these practices may be good or bad for their health while also learning how to implement good hygiene practices in their daily lives.

Hygiene training for the students.

"As a Proprietor and Principal, it is my responsibility to make sure proper hygiene and sanitation practices are going on in the school and community," said Haja Peters.

"I am pleased to have been a part of the training, and I also speak on behalf of my staff, which also learned a wealth of information that is also going to be implemented at their various homes. Words can not begin to explain the happiness and gratitude for the training. The inclusion of the community in the training was one move that I was excited about. It is important for the students to undertake proper hygiene practices while at school, but to top that off it is important to encourage positive behavior at home."

Thank you for making all of this possible!

September, 2020: Khodeza Community School project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Khodeza Community School 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 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.

A Year Later: Khodeza Community School Has Improved Hygiene!

December, 2021

A year ago, your generous donation helped Khodeza Community School in Sierra Leone access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Abdul Karim Janneh. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Khodeza Community School.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Khodeza Community School maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

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The students and staff of Khodeza Community School are happy to have access to safe and clean water still, a year after their completed water project.

The school's principal Abdul Karim Janneh, 45, said, "As we all know, water is life, and we thank God that we have access to this project in our school. It has impacted our lives in so many ways. It has enabled us now to observe full hygiene and sanitation, and our pupils no longer have to worry about looking for water in the neighborhood."

Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Khodeza Community School maintain access to safe, reliable water.

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