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The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Inside School Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Mrs Haja Peters
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Main Well Inside The Proprietor Compound
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Area
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Building
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Building
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Makert Place
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Notice Board
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Playing Ground For Kids
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Signboard
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Signboard
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  School Staff
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Sierra Leone Latrine At Community
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Student Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Students Outside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Students Playing
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Students Waiting To Use Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Water Storage At School
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Woman Selling Fish
The Water Project: Lungi, Tardi, Khodeza Community School -  Young Man Selling Food

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  10/30/2020

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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


09/10/2020: 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 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

Potomac Heights Baptist Church
The Water Army
Cumberland County Elementary School
Mitch Brownlie, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
23 individual donor(s)