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The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Kids Splashing At The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Kids Drinking From The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Woman Celebrating The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Young Man Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Woman Celebrating The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Young Man Drinking Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Child Playing With The Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Dedication Celebration
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Aminata K
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Amara A Kamara
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Dedication Celebration
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Dedication Celebration
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Umaru S
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Tippy Tap Construction
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Tippy Tap Construction
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Teaching About Community Health
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Participants At The Training
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Handwashing Demonstration With Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Ramatu Turay
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Completed Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Bailing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Alternate Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Boy Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Main Water Source
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Main Water Source
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Market Place For Petty Trading
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Market Place For Petty Trading
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Owner Of Damaged Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pupil Pumping Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Pupil Pumping Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Rubbish
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Traditional House Built For Twin Baby
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Woman Selling Petrol By Liter
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Boy Roasting Groundnuts
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Young Lady Braiding Hair
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction -  Young Lady Carrying Palm Kanel

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - May 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 09/07/2021

Project Features


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Borope was a rural town in the past but has grown rapidly over the past few years. Most buildings here are built of mud blocks and plastered with cement. There are some with brick blocks, but they are very few. Borope is the location of the big market that happens once a week. People from all over the region come to sell their goods. As a result of people coming and going, this town has become a transportation center to other rural areas, either by motorbikes or old vehicles.

The main water point for the 472 people here is a well located at Main Motor Road junction. It is a hand-dug well built in the 1980s. It lasted for many years, but it is unable to keep up with the growing population. The protected water source is overcrowded and is not properly taken care of, found our field officers. There is dirt lying all over the well. This is due to the large number of people coming to this water source each day.

The pressure on the well causes it to run dry because it is not deep enough. People then have to wait for the well to recharge with water – making the already long fetching water even longer. Many will return to the nearest swamp because it is faster, and there are no lines. However, the swamp’s open water is contaminated, making it unsafe for drinking.

“School-going kids cannot go to school on time because of the overcrowding at this well. When this well is down, the only alternate water source is the swamp or stream, which is kilometers away from here,” said Town Headman Dauda Bangura.

Bai is a young man we met during our visit to the community. He told us that since he is the oldest child in his family, fetching water falls on him. Bai and his siblings are often late for school because it takes so long to get water each day.

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, 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


05/17/2021: Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction Project Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable water point in Borope Village, 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 a huge thanks to the organization for the safe water they have provided for us in our community. When our pump was down, we had to go in search of water. We sometimes arrived at school late. Whenever we are late, we are punished by our teachers," said Aminata K.

"Now that we have our own pump in the community, we will no longer suffer for water or go to school late. I want to say bye-bye to lateness, and thanks to you for giving us this facility."

Aminata speaks at the celebration upon the well's completion.

Amara Kamara also expressed relief on behalf of the community children and shared his hope that things would get better thanks to the well.

"With this water in our community, our children will no longer go to school late. With this waterpoint, our children will now have enough time to study. This will help them to pass their exams. We, the parents, are pleased about the water. We can now achieve our dreams for our children, and our children will also meet their dreams," he said.

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 17.13 meters with the water at 12.8 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

After the installation of the pump, one member of the team went to the community to inform them about the dedication ceremony, which was held on a Tuesday afternoon. The community celebrated the good work that had reached completion. People were pleased about the safe drinking water they now have in their community.

Those in attendance at the celebration included the area councilor, a representative from the Port Loko council, and members from the Ministry of Water Resources. The most memorable thing was how excited the community was about the safe drinking water they now have.

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.

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.

"This training is much more valuable to me because it has given me the knowledge of preventing myself from illnesses that could cost time and money to cure," said Umaru Sesay.

We also held a special session of the training dedicated to COVID-19. We discussed the virus, how it is spread, and steps people can take to prevent getting sick.

Handwashing demonstration

"The most helpful part of the COVID-19 sensitization training I received from the team was the methods of handwashing," shared Ramatu Turay.

"Handwashing is the first step in fighting against the coronavirus. The training was able to show the types of handwashing involved and which is the most efficient system of handwashing. It also stressed the importance of thorough and proper handwashing with soap and clean water."

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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03/01/2021: Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction project underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Kamasondo, Borope Village, Main Motor Rd. Junction 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

Gollerkeri Family Fund
Bounce Treatment Services
Delilah Meadow Koestner Giving Fund
First Church of Christ Mansfield UCC
StossWater
Cardinal Health Employee Match
51 individual donor(s)