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The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Collecting Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Woman Preparing Food
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Woman Preparing Food
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Woman Preparing Food
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Mosque
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Mosque
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Main Well
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Landscape
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Mabinty Conteh
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Household
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Garbage
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Alternate Water Source
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The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Chief Adikalie Conteh
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Young Girl Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Lungi, Masoila, Lower Kamara St Mosque -  Garbage

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  12/31/2021

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“Day after day, groups of children are moving up and down in the community looking for a source of water. So far this year, we have a lot of dry wells in our community. I spend more time now waiting than the actual fetching. I end up visiting several water points during the day to have water at home,” said Isatu, a 16-year-old girl.

The community members used to fetch water nearby, but the nearest well dried up years and years ago. So, in 2014, the mosque well was constructed. But the mosque well has had its own problems, ranging from minor mechanical breakdowns to water shortages. It is open to contamination, with only a broken-down fence to protect it.

“At any time a fence is broken down, it is a sign that the particular community has immediately increased their chances of contracting water-borne illnesses,” said one of our field officers. “All [the] animals are there roaming about looking for scraps and water to drink.”

In this community, all the people fetching water are either school-going children or housewives, so their best time to fetch is very early in the morning and just after coming home from school. But this means that, when people do queue up at the well, there are long lines awaiting them.

The rehab of this well is vital because of its ideal location to serve the lower half of Kamara Street.

 

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, 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, which we know will also improve water quality.

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 teach 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 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.


Contributors

1 individual donor(s)