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The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Woman Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Woman Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Woman Baking Bread
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Traditional Doctor And Patient
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Palm Nut
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Woman Cleaning Fish
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Mosque
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Main Well
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kamasondo, Raka Village -  Emma A

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 (?):  01/31/2022

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Raka village comprises houses lined along both sides of the Port Loko Highway, two miles away from Borope Village. There is a palm tree garden at the village entrance, with large trees casting cool shadows. They provide shelter to different species of monkeys, deer, porcupines, and other bush animals. Trees have been cut down along the same road to make room for charcoal burning and wood to be used for home building.

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the majority of people in the village. The community is known for making fufu, a cassava by-product, eaten with a sauce sold at the open market every Thursday.

The current water point in use, a hand-dug well, needs to be converted to a borehole. It does not provide enough water for the community and regularly dries up for at least three months out of the year. Daily, the children leave empty containers lined up at the water point until it is time for the well to open. Containers are left unattended for hours before water is fetched, and sometimes there is no water to be taken home, and they must use water from the swamp.

When community members resort to using the water from the swamp, sand and mud are cleared to make way for a scoop hole. The most difficult time of year for accessing safe and clean water in the community is during the dry season when the hand-dug well has dried up, and the alternate water source of swamp water is milky white and in low supply.

“We have been through some rough times this dry season. Since our main well is dry, I travel more than 4 miles round trip to get a bucket of water from a more reliable source. I am one of the fortunate people that gets the luxury of fetching water from another village. This is one of the happiest moments for everyone in the community when we got the word that help is on the way,” said Ibrahim Sesay, farmer.

The conversion to a borehole well is going to deepen the water well and improve the water quality. This will reduce the number of people using contaminated water and make the current water point sustainable throughout the entire year.

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.

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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

2 individual donor(s)