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The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Girl Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Woman Selling Palm Wine
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Woman Cooking
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Main Well
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Latrine
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Latrine
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Latrine
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Landscape
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Landscape
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Garbage
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Alternate Water Source
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Jaria Bah
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Household
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Household
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Rotifunk, #4 Abidjan Street -  Bath Shelter

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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Community Profile

The Rotifunk community is growing in infrastructure and population, with modern houses being built. The most common livelihoods are petty trading and motorbike transportation. There are mosques and churches, with people of different faiths living amicably, schools, and a government electricity supply. Yet, the community still doesn’t have a piped water supply or paved roads.

“We normally wake up very early in the morning to go and fetch water before going to school because if we delay reaching the well, we may not have water for us to return home and do the other house chores, wash, and go to school. This makes us have very little time to sleep because some of us who are in the public examination classes right now spend a lot of time studying at night and have a few hours to sleep before going to the well to fetch water. This repeated activity gives us fatigue causing us not to reach school early and also not to concentrate in class,” said Aminata, a 17-year-old female student.

Due to the rising population and the present poor condition of the current water source, a hand-dug well, fetching water for drinking, and other domestic uses have been a problem for many, especially for the people who are not very close to the well. School children and workers often arrive late to school and work because of the delays in the morning.

“The well is not producing enough water for the growing population in the community. This causes people to come here and form a queue very early waiting for the time which the well is opened in the morning. I am living very close to the well, and the noise of the people very early in the morning gives my family and me less time to sleep. I have a very large family, and we use a large amount of water daily. At first, we were not having any water shortages, but now the water we have the opportunity to fetch daily has not been enough for our daily use,” said Jaria Bah, a housewife.

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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