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The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Kids Splash Water From The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Smiles For Safe And Reliable Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Salamatu Dumbuya
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Splashing Water From The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Women Splash At The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Woman Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Ward Councilor Abubakarr Koroma Making A Statement
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Ward Councilor Abubakarr Koroma Celebrates The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Well Dedication
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Ward Councilor And Kids Celebrate
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Well Celebration
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Well Celebration
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Woman Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Training On Covid
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Tippy Tap Construction Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Tippy Tap Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  People Hold Up Posters
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Mosquito Bednet Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Hygiene Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Hygiene Facilitator Leads The Training
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Discussing Proper Hygiene Practices
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Handwashing Demonstration
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Setting Up Tripod For Drilling
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Mohamed Tailor Kamara
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Young Woman Selling Palm Oil
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Latrine
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Women Cleaning Up Fishes
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Woman Preparing Cake
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Community Member Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Animal House
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Community Member Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Community Member Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Community Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor -  Community Member Caryying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 121 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

Project Features


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The well at 32 Gbainty Bunlor is situated between the villages of Yongoroo and Gbainty Bunlor. The area is a little less developed than other villages with more patches of bushes than buildings. The most common livelihoods for the 112 people living here are fishing, farming, gardening, and petty trading. All types of vegetables and fruits are planted at the swamps that practically surround the community, so there are always different fruits and vegetables to be harvested throughout the year.

The main water source here is a hand-dug well that is slowly falling victim to global warming. The reduction in water level during the dry season each year is affecting water availability and creating long lines with arguments. This is the time of year that people all over the country are scrambling for access to safe water. People that lack an adequate water supply in their communities make their way to other communities to fetch clean water. Their intrusion causes arguments and adds to the shortage of water for other members of the more local community.

“Children suffer the most whenever there is a water crisis in any community. I find myself making more trips to the swamp than ever before, especially since it is the beginning of the dry season. The water we fetch from the stream and swamp is not clean at all,” said teenager Fatmata.

The lack of sufficient water is sending community members like Fatama into the swamp to do laundry, bathe, and fetch water for cooking. Fetching water from the swamp is done early in the morning to ensure the cleanest water possible is fetched. Some people will choose to reserve the water from their turn at the hand-dug well for drinking purposes only since it is safer than the swamp water. Still, the water demand is increasing day by day, and the well water is insufficient.

“My children are all in the city attending school. The responsibility of fetching water for the home lies solely on my wife and me. Having a water well that is functioning would be a big help,” said Mohamed Kamara, a local farmer.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

Well Rehabilitation

The well marked for this overhaul 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, the 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


07/29/2021: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor Project Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable water point at 32 Gbainty Bunlor Street in Yongoroo, Sierra Leone is now 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.

"Now that this water source has been rehabilitated and is fully functional, my children will easily fetch water from the well in our community. They will no longer go to school late, and I will not be receiving complaints of the lateness of my children by their teachers. Also, they will now be using clean water to launder their uniforms and I will not be forced to be changing them frequently as before," said Ya Alimamy Kamara, a mother.

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 the team to store their belongings, along with meals for the duration of their stay. The following day, the work began.

First, we raised the tripod, the structure we use to hold and maneuver each of the drilling tools. Next, we measured the well's original depth. We then socketed the pipes and installed a casing.

Finally, we lined up the drill rods and started to drill! We reached a final depth of 24 meters with water at 19 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.

With drilling complete, we installed screening and a filter pack to keep out debris when the water is pumped. We then cemented an iron rod to the well lining and fixed it with an iron collar at the top. Next, we bailed the well by hand for three days and flushed it, clearing any debris generated by the drilling process. Finally, we tested the yield to ensure the well would provide clean water with minimal effort at the pump.

Nearing completion, we built a cement platform, walls, and drainage system around the well to seal it off from surface-level contaminants. The drainage system helps to redirect runoff and spilled water to help avoid standing water at the well, which can not only be uncomfortable but unhygienic and a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

At last, we installed the stainless steel India Mk11 pump and conducted a water quality test. The test results showed that this is clean water fit for drinking!

"We were really suffering for water in this community. One of my friends almost fell into an open well at one time in our neighboring community because she was in a hurry to fetch water in order for her not to be late for school. Now that this facility has been rehabilitated and is easily accessible, we will no longer be faced with the so many challenges we were facing. We will now have clean water to especially launder our uniforms after school and have more energy to focus on our studies," said 15 year old female student Hawanatu.

New Knowledge

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

After this preparatory period, we scheduled a time when members from each household using the water point could attend a multi-day hygiene and sanitation training. We then dispatched our teams to the agreed-upon location to hold the meeting.

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps, good and bad hygiene habits, disease transmission and prevention, worms and parasites, dental hygiene, proper care of the well's pump, keeping the water clean, the cost recovery system, dish racks and clotheslines, the importance of toilets, keeping latrines clean, balanced diets, the diarrhea doll, and HIV and AIDS.

"The knowledge gathered from this training is very important to me and my fellow community members because through this training we have learned facts about COVID-19, which has helped in answering the many questions we once had about its mode of transmission, signs and symptoms, and preventive measures. The new knowledge and skills obtained from this training is very essential to us as a community. And I believe that, if we put to positive use all that we have learned about COVID-19, and follow all its guidelines, we will prevent the virus from spreading and we will live disease-free lives in this community," said Salamatu Dumbuya. a female trader.

"The knowledge acquired from this training is very important to me and my fellow community members because we have learned more about personal and environmental hygiene. It has helped us with the skills in caring for ourselves, families, and our community," commented a 17 year old girl, Nthuma.

The councilor, men, women, and children of the community were in attendance. The well was dedicated with prayers to God Almighty for his provision of the funds used in rehabilitating the well.  The councilor was very happy with the finished project. He joined everyone in the celebration by singing and dancing to express the joy felt in their hearts.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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06/07/2021: Lungi, Yongoroo, 32 Gbainty Bunlor project underway!

Dirty and unreliable water is making people in Yongoroo, 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!


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Project Photos


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

Potomac Heights Baptist Church
State Farm Companies Foundation Employee Match
Hamilton Lane Advisors Employee Match
Numined Diamonds
North Dunedin Baptist Church
Cardinal Health Employee Match
9 individual donor(s)