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The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Bread Baking Oven
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Inside Mosque
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Latrine And Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Main Water Source
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Mosque
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Motor Bike Transportation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Woman Processing Palm Kernel
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque -  Young Lady Hoisting Up Bucket

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date (?):  05/28/2021

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Benkia Village is a community that is located at the shores of the river Rokel of Sierra Leone. The feeder roads of this community stopped at this village. It a large community that has close to five hundred households and a growing population. For some 378 people here, there is a Protected dug well that serves as their main water source. Since it is located next to the Upper Benkia Central Mosque, many people use it.

This pump is the most reliable and most accessible for the community, but it still goes dry when the water table drops – especially in March and April. The protected water source is located in the center of the town, making it convenient, but it is often crowded. The only alternative is a stream water source far from the town but doesn’t go dry.

Their community is exposed to diarrhea and cholera due to drinking water from a highly contaminated source like the stream. The water is an open and untreated source, making it a breeding ground for waterborne diseases.

“We as a community need to put more effort into this to avoid an outbreak of waterborne diseases,” said Isatu, a young student.

“Also, any time this water gets dry, we are forced to wash our clothes with the contaminated water, which usually exposed us to skin diseases.”

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.

“The hygiene and sanitation in this community have been steadily improving even though we have a long ways to go,” said Mammy Kamara.

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


04/05/2021: Kamasondo, Robombeh Village, Next to Mosque project underway!

Dirty water is making people in Robomebh, Sierra Leone sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community 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 : sierraleone20418-fetching-water


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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

Dale Emge and Kristin Koppen Family Foundation
1 individual donor(s)