Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 536 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/29/2024

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This well is located at the Lungi Police Barracks, home to a large portion of the Lungi Police Officers stationed here. Due to the ever-increasing size of the households, the barracks quarters have been reduced to nothing more than a place for the family of officers to lay their heads. What was built to accommodate all family members is now overcrowded.

There are heaps of fruits and vegetables scattered around the compound. Most families have small scale farms to provide vegetables for use at home. The quarters are clean, with tenants providing the well-tended gardens of different flowers lined at each quarter's entrance. All large trees are a thing of the past, significantly contributing to the overwhelming heat and lack of shade in the compound. The quarters are built low, making the heat unbearable, reported our staff.

The barracks have flush latrines and a kitchen, yet no functioning tap supply of water. The 536 people living here depend on the protected well within the barracks for their daily use, but the well has become an unreliable source of water over time due to the effects of climate change.

It is worst in the dry season when the well recharges slowly. This leads to longer lines and muddy water pulled up from the bottom that families then have to filter once they get home. The current state of the well has led to many repairs over the past year, including replacing the entire cylinder.

"The population has increased exponentially, and we need all water points to be functioning properly. The frequent breakdown of the water point not only exposes our children to the dangers of being away from home but also creates tensions in the other areas visited to fetch water," said Isatu Kalokoh, a trader who lives in the community.

"When the well is broken down, I always get up early in the morning to stand guard while my children fetch water. I feel bad for my children because they have to travel a bit off the barracks to avoid the long lines and make sure the water is clean and safe to drink."

The other hand-dug well at the Police Barracks is located at the C-Line Block 13. With the main well not functioning correctly, the pressure is transferred to this well, resulting in frequently reported fights and arguments. The added stress on the well leads it to break down more often due to the increased use.

"We are taught about the effects of global warming at school, and all the cutting of trees contributes to the problem of the reduced water tables," explained teenager Adamace.

"I am already in Junior Secondary School, and more time is needed for my studies. If I spend extra time going to different communities to fetch water, it will result in less study time, which will greatly affect my grades."

What We Can Do:

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, a 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 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

April, 2021: Police Barracks E-Line Block 7 Project Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable water point at Police Barracks E-Line Block 7 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 want to say thanks to the organization for this opportunity they have given to us children. Before the rehabilitation of this water well, our parents were waking us up very early in the morning to go and fetch water at the stream. After school, we normally go back to the stream to fetch water, and we usually return home late and tired, unable to read our books and also do our assignments," said Alusine S.

"Now, all those problems are over for us. We now have our own water well in the community, and we want to say bye-bye to the stream, snakes, and bumpy paths."

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 following day, 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 24 meters, with the water at 18 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 three 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

There was a celebration for the handing over of the well. The people rejoiced and sang songs of praise for the provision of the well. The "mammy queen" of the community, a female community leader who maintains law and order, settles domestic disputes, and makes sure houses and courtyards are kept clean, gave a thanksgiving speech to the organization for providing safe and pure water for her community.

"Now that this water point is complete, the suffering is over for our children because now they have a well at their doorstep. They will no longer go to the stream to fetch water, they are safe from snake bites, and sometimes some of them would break their water containers because the road is bumpy and hilly," shared Isatu Kalokoh.

"We thank God that now all those problems are over!"

New Knowledge

Before conducting any hygiene training, we make repeated phone calls and visits to the local water user committee to better understand the community’s challenges and lack of sanitation facilities. We share the findings from our discussions with the committee members to help them make the necessary adjustments before the training begins. For example, we identify households without handwashing stations or may need to repair their latrines. With this information, community members can work together to improve hygiene and satiation at home.

Toothbrushing demonstration.

After that, we schedule a time when members from each household using the water point can attend multi-day hygiene and sanitation training. When that is set, we dispatch our teams to the agreed-upon location to hold the meeting.

More than 100 people attended the training. The training took place at one of the police quarter's verandas situated at the back of the law court opposite the Local Unit Commander's quarter. It was spacious enough to host the participants and for them to practice physical distancing. The veranda was covered, preventing the hot sun from penetrating the training site.

Diarrhea lesson.

Training topics covered include 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 also held a special session on COVID-19 to refresh community members on their knowledge about the virus and prevent its spread.

People hold up posters for the training.

During the training, as the facilitator was presenting on healthy and unhealthy community habits, the community members started recalling and bringing up instances about the unhealthy behaviors of their fellow community members. They highlighted all the unhealthy practices they used to do in the community.

Handwashing with a tippy tap

"We now have adequate knowledge about hygiene and sanitation, and this will create a great impact in our lives because we now know how to prevent illnesses like malaria and diarrhea, preventing us from spending lots of money and time to cure them once contracted," said police officer Kadiatu Samura.

Thank you for making all of this possible!

March, 2021: Lungi, Tintafor, Police Barracks E-Line Block 7 project underway

A severe clean water shortage at Lungi, Tintafor, Police Barracks E-Line Block 7 drains peoples’ time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community 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

Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!

A Year Later: Enough Water Sources for Everyone

May, 2022

A year ago, your generous donation helped Tintafor Community in Sierra Leone access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Ibrahim. Thank you!

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Before we rehabilitated the well in Tintafor, throngs of impatient people surrounded the well each day. There weren't enough sources to serve this busy community, which made life difficult for kids like Ibrahim who were sent to get water for their families.

"I was feeling bad as a kid," said 13-year-old Ibrahim. "Each time I came to this water facility to fetch water, it would be overcrowded. For a child like me to fetch water here on time was very difficult. This water facility always broke down and our parents had to send us down [to] the wharf to fetch water, or I had to locate the next water point within the barracks community. But sometimes, the caretakers of these facilities would not allow me to fetch from there. We begged them a lot before we would be allowed to fetch from their facilities."

But now, all that has changed for Ibrahim.

"It is very simple for me now, and no matter what, I fetch very quickly without any inconveniences because the pump is able to serve everyone in the community," he concluded. "I no longer have to go down the wharf to fetch water again or to the neighborhood in search of water."


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