Tardi is a community located along the highway to the ferry terminal from Lungi. It is pretty easy to locate this community because of its proximity to the main ferry terminal. Main Motor Road divides the community into two opposite parts. On the other side of the community, people cultivate crops. Large mango trees once surrounded the area, but most trees have been cut down to make room for more buildings due to the ever-increasing population.
On the day of our most recent visit, the entire community was so busy. People were entirely engaged in their domestic duties, especially fish and other sea product processing. Some people were also busy cultivating their crops in their various backyard gardens.
The everyday livelihoods of people in this community include fishing, farming, and gardening. Almost every day, men in this community spend their whole day in the sea fishing to make money and support their families. Women sell fish caught by their husbands to generate income for their households. Some people depend on gardening to grow vegetables and fruits such as corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, and cassava to sell for their livelihoods.
The main well is one of the oldest sources of water in the community, but it has begun to show the effects of global warming from its reducing water volume. Each year, there has been a slight drop in the amount of water in the well. With the reduction in the volume of water also comes frequent breakdowns.
Every day, the community is getting bigger and bigger with increasing water demand. The main well is not a reliable source for the 348 people living here.
"I have seen my share of problems in the community. I hear all complaints about not having enough water in the community, and also when there is a pump breakdown. All the people in the community prefer the use of this water point to other wells in the community. Making it functional all year round is of the utmost importance," said Headman Adikalie Kamara.
Here’s what we’re going to do about it:
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. Our team will remove the pump, 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, even through the dry months.
Hygiene and Sanitation Training
We will offer hygiene and sanitation training sessions 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.