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The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Smiles
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Celebrating
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Cheering
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Excited
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Happy Kids
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Head Man And Kids Splashing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Mariatu Drinks From The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  So Happy
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bailing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bailing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bailing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Measuring Depth And Water Level
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  All Done
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Finished
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Balanced Diet
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Dental Hygiene
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Diarrhea
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Disease Discussion
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Disease Transmission
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Disease Transmission
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Handwashing With Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Healthy Vs Unhealthy Community
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Importance Of Clotheslines
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Importance Of Latrines
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Personal Hygiene
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Physical Distancing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Use Of Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Worms And Parasites
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Worms And Parasites
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Alie Sesay
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Mabinty Sesay
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Mariatu K
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Mariatu S
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Community Elders At The Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Community Representative
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Community Women
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Councilor Abass Statement
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Councilor And A Young Lady Splashing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Councilor Bangura
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Councilors And Women Leader
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Dancing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Dancing And Splashing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  District Council Making Statement
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Drinking
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Head Man And Elders
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Headman Making Statement
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Mariatu Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Ministry Of Water Resources Statement
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Pumping Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Rep From Ministry Of Water Resources
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Splashing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Splashing
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Thankful
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village -  Young Ladies Splashing
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

Impact: 298 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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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.

Project Updates


01/05/2022: Feradugu Village Well Rehabilitation Complete!

We are excited to share a safe, reliable water point at Feradugu in 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.

Mabinty cups water from the rehabilitated well in her hands.

"I am very happy for the rehabilitated well in our community," said Mabinty Sesay, a 52-year-old housewife and trader. "The time of year when the well dries is fast-approaching, and from the look of things, that is something of the past. The water from the stream is what we used for most of our chores throughout the day. Now, I have a safer and more reliable option."

15-year-old Mariatu K. explained why the rehabilitated well means so much to her. "Most of the jobs around the house for young girls [are] fetching water, cooking, [and] doing laundry. Most of the chores involve the use of water, so most of our time involves water before and after school. This water point is going to reduce the time we spend walking back and forth to the stream."

Mariatu, in the green shirt, pours clean, safe water.

We held a dedication ceremony to officially hand over the well to the community members. The ceremony was attended by several local dignitaries from the Port Loko District Council, the Ministry of Water Resources, the Ward Council, and a community women's group. Each official gave a short speech thanking everyone who contributed to the rehabilitation of the water project.

Then, Mariatu and Mabinty made statements on their community's behalf. The ceremony concluded with celebration, singing, and dancing. Temne tribal songs filled the air, with the community praising the organization for their help in providing water all year round.

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 14.93 meters with water at nine 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.

Community members assist with the yield test.

As the project neared 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!

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. With the help of village headman, Pa Dauda, we recruited 156 participants for all three days of training.

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 most memorable topic during the training was disease transmission. This village has been hit hard recently by tuberculosis. Unfortunately, they have been afraid or embarrassed to go to the hospital; they seek traditional herbs and medicine instead.

A beloved young man in the community recently died, but before he did, he had spread tuberculosis to several others he was living with. Because of this and the rise of malaria cases, the community members listened very attentively when the training facilitators discussed how diseases spread from person to person.

Community members work together to put disease transmission posters in order.

"Being an uneducated person, some of the things that we believe are most times complete lies," said 55-year-old farmer, Alie Sesay. "I have always believed that eating oranges will lead to malaria, but based on the training, I have learned that is not true. Keeping our environment clean keeps illnesses away and prevents future hospital visits."

Alie (in the checkered shirt) displays posters for his neighbors to see.

"I have to be honest, I have used native herbs more times than I have been to a hospital for myself and my family," Alie continued. "Most of the illnesses are a result of what we do to our water and food. Another practice that I am going to stop is keeping animals inside the house. I found out during the training that the feces from the animals gets our children sick."

"As a student, the correct information on the prevention of Coronavirus should have been shared at school, but since most of the adults and teachers do not believe in the existence of the virus, it wasn't shared," said 18-year-old Mariatu S. (not the same as our friend Mariatu K. from earlier).

"I am thankful that this information has been shared with me," Mariatu S. continued. "Not only am I aware of the steps to take when a family member gets infected with the virus, but I also know how to prevent from getting it. This new knowledge will help to keep me and my family safe."

When an issue arises concerning the well, community members are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them. Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our ongoing monitoring and maintenance program.

"Now I can say I drink water that is taken care of," Mariatu K. concluded. "I just pray that the care continues. I am not a member of the water user committee, but I asked for the phone number of the [Water Project] office to call in case there is ever an issue."

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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11/16/2021: Kamasondo, Feradugu Village Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Feradugu Village drains people’s 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.


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