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The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Student Andrew K
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The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Tailor
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  School Sign
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Household Around School
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  School Surronding Area
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Head Teacher Madam Fatmata Kalokoh
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Water Storage At School
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Student Demostrating Hand Washing
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Water Storage At School
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Students Inside Classroom
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Community Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Household Around School
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  School Surronding Area
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Student Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  School Building
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Inside Coomunity Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  Hand Washing Station
The Water Project: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School -  School Church Building

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 (?):  02/26/2021

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The Saint Augustine Secondary School was started in 1984 by the late Brother Bill. It started with less than 200 hundred students occupying five classrooms at the Saint Augustine Primary school. Its main school curriculum is based on Agriculture, and the impact agriculture makes in people’s lives in Sierra Leone. There is still a functioning agriculture program that has improved and continues to improve the lives of students, parents, and teachers who have been taught the latest and modern skills in agriculture.

With a school population exceeding 1,000, the need for a constant supply of clean and safe water is paramount.

The main water source at St. Augustine Senior Secondary School is within the school compound. Still, it is slowly failing, with climate change taking its toll on the availability of water. The main well has never dried but has experienced a reduction in the water table year after year. With the reopening of schools, the current status of the water well will not provide adequate water for all the students and staff.

“With a water source that is seasonal or without adequate water, I am always left with having to take frequent water breaks from water fetched at another source. The disruption takes valuable practice time away from my students,” said teacher Peter Mustapha.

Our teams’ major concern is the students drinking water from a less desirable source before and after coming to school due to a lack of confidence in getting water during the school day. The health consequences related to the use of contaminated water include diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and worm infection for both students and teachers.

The school uses a great deal of water when in session due to its sheer population. The current dropped water table prevents access to water as needed.

” Standing in line waiting for a turn to fetch water at certain times during the year is one that takes away from class and study time. As a lower-level student, the burden of bringing water to the classroom falls on us and one I am not particular to embrace,” said Fatama, a 16-year-old student.

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 to ensure the well supplies water throughout all seasons.

As the team drills, they will install the casing, 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 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.

This 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


01/11/2021: Lungi, Tintafor, St. Augustine Senior Secondary School Underway!

Students at St. Augustine Senior Secondary 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!


The Water Project : sierraleone20432-students-inside-classroom-2


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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

Rock Creek Presbyterian Church
Hang Sang Press
Microsoft Matching Gifts
Aquinas Leadership Group
The Clorox Company
Blossom Bottles
Rose of Sharon Family Christian Center
Cardinal Health Matching Gifts
In Honor of Ned - Happy Birthday
Brice's Campaign for Water
Help provide a community in Africa with a safe supply of water
Katarina's Campaign for Water
88 individual donor(s)