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The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Singing
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Singing At The Dedication
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Smiles At The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Well Celebration
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Well Celebration
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Abdulrazak Jalloh
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Bailing
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Celebrating The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Celebrating The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Celebration At The Dedication Ceremony
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Community Members Celebrating
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Completed Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Constructing Tippy Taps
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Dedication Ceremony
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Dishrack Discussion
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Drinking From The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Handwashing Session
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Handwashing With A Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Happy For Reliable Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Hygiene And Sanitation Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Hygiene And Sanitation Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Neneh Hasaitu Bah
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Participants Hold Up Training Posters
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Women Laundering
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Community Area
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Community Petty Trading Shop
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Woman Making A Broom
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Woman Cooking
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Main Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Girl Plucking Cassava Leaves
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Girl Selling Food
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Mosque
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Community Trading Shop
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street (BAH) -  Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 395 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/12/2021

Project Features


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The area of Masoila off Swarray Deen Street is quite large, with 395 people living in modern houses. There are mango trees amongst many other trees creating shade for resting during the sunny days. The area is usually accessible by car, though sometimes large potholes filled with water render the road impassable, especially during the rainy season. In the dry season, dust from passing vehicles replaces the water-filled potholes.

The main water source for people here is a seasonal well. When the well does not produce water, the children and women tasked with fetching water have to search for it elsewhere. That generally means walking an additional fifteen or twenty minutes each way to the nearest water point. The added time delays people’s schedules daily schedules. For children, that means arriving to school late. Among women, those who work lose wage-earning hours, and those working at home have less time to complete their long list of tasks.

Isatu is a young teenager who lives in the community. She told us that whenever there is a water shortage at the well, she gets to school late because of the time she spends searching for water. During the dry months, Isatu spends more time looking for water than preparing for school.

One of the alternative water sources is a protected hand-dug well with a pump, but this water source is privately owned, and it is located in a fenced-in compound. Because of this, the well tends to be difficult to access as it is under the sole regulation of its owner. The second alternative water is a hand-dug well mostly open to contamination.

This community’s common livelihood is petty trading and motorbike riding, the latter mostly done by the young men. A few people have small gardens behind their backyards with raised beds used to plant vegetables for consumption. The swamp and stream are far off the community, depriving the people of engaging in large-scale gardening, farming, and fishing like other communities with such resources.

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 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


04/30/2021: Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street Project Complete!

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

"Thank you for providing us with safe and reliable drinking water. This water well is a blessing to us because we can no longer struggle for safe drinking water," said Isatu Bah.

"Since the construction of this new well, all our water-related problems have been settled. We no longer have to prepare our food late because of lack of water or use the streams to launder our clothes. This well has relieved the stress from our children of going in search of water in the morning, causing them to be late for school."

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 20 meters, with the water at 14 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 to mark the completion of the project. It started with individual prayers, and then people sang songs of praise. Community members danced and celebrated, showing how grateful they were for providing safe and reliable drinking water for their community.

Dedication celebration

"On behalf of my fellow children in this community, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to you for doing such a wonderful thing for us by providing a safe and reliable water source for our community. It pleases me to witness this dedication because this well has been a savior for us in this community, and we are now free from all the water problems that make us go from community to community in search of drinking water," said Abdul J.

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.

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.

The training took place at one of the community member's compound, which is located very close to the well. The compound was very spacious, and it accommodated the participants well. There are trees in the compound with enough shade to protect the venue from the hot, burning rays of the sun.

Handwashing demonstration

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.

During the session on malaria and dengue fever, people started whispering because they were amazed to know that it's only an infected mosquito bite that can cause malaria and not fruits like oranges, mangoes, or drinking too much beer - as people used to say. Attendees admitted that they have been practicing the wrong thing by preventing their children from eating fruits because of a lack of knowledge. They promised to put the knowledge they acquired from the training to good use - especially the advice of sleeping inside the bed net and preventing mosquitoes from breeding by cleaning their community of stagnant water.

Tippy tap construction.

"This training is very important to me because I have acquired knowledge about hygiene and sanitation, which I think is very important for my wellbeing. So by doing all that I have been taught, I am sure to be free from malaria," said Foday Kamara, a local trader.

We also sensitized the community on COVID-19. Our trainers discussed the virus, how it is spread, and ways to prevent transmission.

"The training has helped me understand more about COVID-19 and its preventive measures like frequent handwashing with soap and water, observing physical distance, and the proper way of wearing a face mask whenever I am attending public gatherings or going to public places," said Hassanatu Bah.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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03/01/2021: Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Lungi, Masoila, Off Swarray Deen Street 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

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

2 individual donor(s)