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The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Celebrating For Clean And Safe Drinking Water Provide For Them
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Celebrating For Clean And Safe Drinking Water Provide For Them
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Joyfully Celebrating And Splashing Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Joyfully Celebrating And Splashing Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Joyfully Celebrating And Splashing Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Supervisor Od Schools And Mapping Officer Ministry Of Water Resources Splashing Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Hppilly Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Hppilly Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Bailing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Bailing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Bailing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Community Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Head Teacher Abdul Bai Kargbo
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Head Teacher And Supervisor Of School Splashing Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Head Teacher Joyfully Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Bad Hygiene Pratice
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Diarrhea
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Proper Way Of Hand Washing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Proper Way To Hand Washing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Hygiene Facilitator Teaching About Tippy Tap And It Importance
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Isata
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Mr B S Kanu Supervisor Of Schools Kamassondo And Lokomassama Cheifdom Joufully Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Mr Osman Fofanah Mapping Officer Ministry Of Water Resources Joyfully Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Participants Constructing Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Teaching About Bathing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Teaching About Clothes Line
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Teaching Community Members Toilet It Importance And How To Take Care Of It
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Teaching Proper Way To Take Care Of The Teeth
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Teaching Students About Bathingand It Importance
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teacher Teaching The Importance Of Toilet And How To Take Care Of It
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teachers Celebrating For Clean And Safe Drinking Water Provide For The School
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teachers Demonstrating One Of The Hand Washing Method
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Teachers Teaching Community Members About Bad Hygiene Pratices
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Yeild Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Yeild Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Yeild Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Yeild Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Alternate Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Animal House
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Animal House
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Bath Shelter And Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Black Smith Workshop Kids Processing Cutlass
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Blind Woman
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Bread
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Cleaning Dishes
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Inside Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Inside School Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Lady Braiding Hair
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Market Place
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Market Place
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Market Place
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Motor Bike Packing Ground
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Old Woman Cooking
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Place For Petty Trading
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Place For Petty Trading
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  School Bell
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  School Building
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  School Head Teacher
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  School Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  School Market Place
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  School Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Inside Class Room
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Inside Class Room
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Students Out Of Class Room
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Tailor
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Woman Dishing Food
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Woman Pounding Rice
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Woman Process Palm Oil
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Young Man Grinding Groundnut
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Young Man Laundring
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village School -  Young Woman Breaking Bread In A Local Way

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 12/02/2021

Project Features


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Borope village was once just a few houses scattered around with patches of bushes. The arrival of a mining company at the turn of the century suddenly increased the population and the number of houses. Landowners rushed and built nice homes in the hope of collecting rent, but they were later disappointed by the abrupt closure of the mining company. Today, many of these homes sit empty.

As people rushed to live in the area following the opening of the mine, a need for schools arose. So, the local head man opened a school in his backyard in 2003. The population was larger than expected when the school started with more than 350 students showing up the first day. So, some students had to sit outside during class. The need for more space led the school to relocate in 2009 to its current location. Today, more than 616 students attend the school.

The school has not kept up its water supply with its growth. The school has a well on its property. But it is broke down years ago and no longer provides water.

 

With a broken well on the school grounds. The school does not have adequate access to a clean water supply.  Sometimes, the students will turn to the nearby stream to get water because it is easy and close. But doing so exposes them to waterborne diseases.

“A village of more than one thousand people and one functioning water well. I feel bad for my students and family members, we are left with no option but to drink water from the stream or open water well,” said teacher Ibrahim Bangura.

“The children, because of health problems caused by drinking dirty water, are absent from school frequently.”

The other main source of water for the school is a community well which is located on the other side of town.

“We the children carry the bulk of responsibility of fetching water for the homes and school,” said Alimamy, a student at the school.

Unfortunately, that well frequently falls into disrepair and is not fixed quickly. Our teams observed during their visit that the well pad is damaged in need of repair and the pump itself also needs to be repaired to improve functionality.

That forces people to seek alternative water sources that are generally unsafe. The fact that the school shares the well with the community means that there are often long lines to fetch water. It is the only functioning water well in a village of more than a thousand people, far too many to share one water point. Some children are not willing to wait in line, so they opt to get water from whatever is the most convenient place, even if the water is not safe for drinking.

The conversion of the school well to a borehole will ensure that there is year-round access to safe water on the school grounds.

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, the 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. The community is going to be allowed to fetch water during school hours and shortly after. The fetching of water is also going to be restricted on weekends.

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 training 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: Borope Village School Project Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable water point at Borope Village 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.

"I am saying a big thanks to you for this facility you have provided for us because it was not easy to access safe drinking water. Before this time, when we wanted to drink water, we had to go out of the school compound in search of water, and some of our companions never returned to the school until the following day," said student Isatu.

"This water well in our school compound will create a great impact in our daily lives. Getting water is one thing, but getting the water that is chlorinated regularly is a life-saving step that I welcome, and my fellow students welcome as well. We also want to thank them for the hygiene lesson they taught us during the hygiene training."

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 community 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 17 meters, with the water at 12 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 water well was dedicated and handed over to the community with the section chief, Pa Alimamy Sesay, a representative from the Ministry of Water Resources, and the senior inspector of schools, Bob Sesay, all present. The community and school have been praying for such an occasion, they said. With answered prayers, the day came, and every member of the community welcomed it. Teachers and community members joined the students in singing songs of praise and dancing to celebrate the well.

Students dance at the well

The entire village showed up for the dedication, but, in order to meet COVID-19 restrictions, we had to ask a portion of the group to head home. Otherwise, we are sure we would have been celebrating with many more dozens of people!

New Knowledge

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.

The training was divided into three parts. First, our team of hygiene and sanitation facilitators trains the school teachers. Next, the teachers train the students in their respective classrooms. Finally, the school teachers train the community members on the third day. This method is called the training of trainers.

It is also essential to coordinate all training sessions with the water user committee members from the school's community. Teachers' presence is significant since they are the head of the school, but most of those teachers reside in villages outside of where the school is located. This typically makes teachers' involvement in the multi-day training that takes place over a weekend difficult.

The team contacted the school Headmaster before leaving the office. When the team arrived at the school, the headmaster and the school teachers occupied one classroom spacious enough to observe physical distancing protocols. The classroom was also well ventilated. All teachers were present during the training.

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.

The most memorable topic during the hygiene training was COVID-19 prevention. With every virus, rumors distort the facts and mislead the people. Once the myths and lies are mixed in with the truth, it is difficult for the true message to reach people. At the mention of the coronavirus, there was total silence in the room; you could hear a pin drop. The teachers, students, and parents expressed their thanks for listening to the many questions and myths about the virus so that our trainers could provide the correct information to the group.

Tippy tap construction

"This training was very valuable to me as a teacher and as a member of the community. I wish the training would have taken place a year ago. This training has also taught me to be proactive with decisions concerning my health, environment, and the importance of keeping a clean and healthy area," said teacher Issa Kanu.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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01/11/2021: Kamasondo, Borope Village School Underway!

Students at Borope Village School do not have a reliable source for water. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point in the community and much more.

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


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04/30/2020: Borope Village School project underway

A severe clean water shortage at Borope Village 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 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

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