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The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Main Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Woman Weaving Local Mat
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Woman Weaving Local Mat
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Woman Processing Palm Oil
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Woman Processing Ground Nut
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Small Boy Cooking Food
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Palm Oil Processing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Palm Oil Processing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Mosque
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Men Roofing House
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Latrine
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Household
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Community Members Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Chicken Coop
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Chicken Coop
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Blacksmith Working
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Blacksmith Working
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Animal House
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Palm Nuts

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Funded - Project Initiated
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/31/2021

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Community Profile

Feradugu is a small, peaceful, quiet, and rural village. Most inhabitants are farmers. Every morning those who can go to their farms while the elderly and young children remain in the village.  Produce is harvested and taken to market to sell or trade for other goods. There is a cattle farm on the outskirts of the community. In the morning, the cattle farmers let the cows roam and graze on the grass around the village.

The unused water well in the community has not functioned for several years. Villagers are forced to use a nearby stream to find water for drinking, cooking, and household chores.  The stream is contaminated by people and animals walking in the water, defecating nearby, and runoff, especially during the rainy season.

The hygiene and sanitation conditions of the community are challenging. There are no proper toilets facilities and stagnant water pools around homes allowing mosquitoes to breed. Malaria is the leading cause of death in the community, and illnesses like dysentery, typhoid, and diarrhea from contaminated drinking water are common.

“Our wives and kids have a long way to go to the stream to fetch water. Incidents have occurred of snake bites along the paths. I know most sicknesses our people from the village get are from the water we are drinking; the water is not pure and safe,” said Pa Bai Sesay, a local farmer.

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 that will 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 both 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.

These trainings 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.

We're just getting started, check back soon!


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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.


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