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The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Handwashing Station At The Entrance Of The Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Waste Bin At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Landscape At Main Well Area
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Garbage Pit At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Garbage
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Generator House Electricity House
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Clothesline At Hospital Quarter
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Latrine At Hospital Quarter
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Hospital Admistrative Building
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Female Ward
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Hospital Quarter
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Waste Bin At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Animal House
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Latrine At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Clothesline At Hospital Quarter
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Inside Ward
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Hospital Quarter
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Inside Ward
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Clothesline At Hospital Quarter
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Hospital Quarter
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Mortuary
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Market Place At Hospital
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Hospital Sign Board
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Male Ward
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Hospital Entrance
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Nurse Aminata Fofanah
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Incinerator
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Main Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Generator House Electricity House
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Landscape At Main Well Area
The Water Project: Lungi, Suctarr, 1 Kamara Street, Government Hospital Pump 1 -  Landscape At Main Well Area

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  04/30/2021

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The entire Lungi Government Hospital compound is fenced in. Within, there is a vast land, and at the center of it, there are buildings used for patient wards, laboratories, storage, and administrative buildings. The property’s front has a large open space used as a car park and the patients’ waiting area.

Simultaneously, the back of the buildings looks bushy due to the weeds that fill empty raised beds used for agricultural purposes during the rainy season. Then, the gardens are filled with vegetables and legumes. Trees within the compound produce both fruit and shade, accommodating patients waiting for treatment, especially when the day is sunny and hot.

This well is located on the grounds of the Lungi Government Hospital. The patients typically use this well, but a drop in the water table led to low water quantity. It tends to be very time- and energy-consuming to fetch water from here because so little water comes out. This prevents patients and staff from accessing water whenever they need it.

“People have to wait to fetch water sometimes, which is very problematic,” said Dr. Alusine Yillah.

“Someone might come who urgently needs water but has to wait in line with the rest of the people to get it. This is very straining for our patients and us.”

The borehole with the submersible pump is only useful when there is a power supply to the facility, which is not a regular occurrence. When there is a power cut, the entire facility also runs out of water because there is no storage tank to store water for later use. Patients and staff must then turn to the nearest community well. Fortunately, it is functional, but since it serves the nearby households, it is usually crowded.

“Accessing water in the hospital is not easy, especially when there is a high need for water by many people. We have to wait in line to fetch water, and sometimes when one is sick and has no one to help out, we have to wait until the pump is free and easily accessed,” said Samuel, a patient we spoke to at the hospital.

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.

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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.