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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Salaimatu Pours Water
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Community Women
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Community People
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  District Councilor Statement
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  District Councilor With Community
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Drinking Clean Water
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Ministry Of Water Rep With Community
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Osman Fofanah From Ministry Of Water Resources
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Ward Councilor With Community
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Alusine S
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Elizabeth Campbell
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Elizabeth Campbell Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Elizabeth Campbell
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Salamatu K Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Dental Care
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Dental Hygiene
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Diarrhea
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Disease Transmission
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Handwashing Result
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Handwashing With Tippy Tap
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Proper Handwashing
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Worms And Parasites
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Finished Water Point
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Bailing
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Bailing
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Preparing For Yeild Test
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Drilling
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Drilling
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Drilling
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Clothesline
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Household
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Landscape
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Landscape
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Latrine
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Latrine
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Latrine
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Main Well
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Young Boy Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Young Boy Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Young Boy Carrying Water

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 200 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Feb 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 10/04/2022

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The hand-dug well on the Cassava Farm serves the Makuta Oil Palm Garden community, including farmworkers and their families, local residents, and the local school with water. It is located in the middle of the garden, with most homes being at least 1/2 km away. Because the entire region is suffering from a water scarcity crisis, more and more people have been making a pilgrimage to the Cassava Farm in search of water. So although only 150 people live on the farm grounds, the need for its water is increasing day by day.

“I get daily complaints from my farm helpers that the number of people coming to the farm has greatly increased,” said Martha Campbell, a local teacher and farm owner.

Additional water is used during the harvesting and processing of palm oil. The palm trees are neatly arranged in rows with enough space to maximize the yield during harvest. The well is pushed to the limit, especially during the harvest season when drums upon drums of water are needed daily. Each drum of palm kernel ready to be boiled uses an average of 6-7 twenty-liter rubber buckets.

The current water crisis has brought a need for more hand-dug wells to be converted to boreholes. This well is one of a few that was a lifesaver for the people in the community. The issue was not that the well was unable to serve its beneficiaries. The real issue is people coming from neighboring communities when their hand-dug wells fail them. A scoop hole at the nearby swamp has become imperative for watering the plants in the garden and meeting other household needs when the demand is too high at the well.

“As a student, my responsibility is making sure there is enough water at home for drinking and cooking. The well is practically on our doorsteps with no interference until it is during January, February, and March. These are the driest months, and some changes can definitely be seen with the water table in the garden,” said Alie, a 17-year-old young man.

The conversion of the hand-dug well to a borehole will ensure a plentiful, continuous flow of water all year round without the well running low during the dry season.

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


02/25/2022: Rosint, Cassava Farm Well Rehabilitation Complete!

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

Elizabeth is on the left in the orange patterned shirt.

"We were suffering for pure water to drink, bathe, and do other domestic purposes," said Elizabeth Campbell, a 50-year-old teacher. "But water is not a problem for us anymore. So, we appreciate this project so much. Drinking from this water source will reduce the spread of sickness."

"[The well] will help us teachers and school-going children to go to school on time because [there are] no more constraints in going out to find water," Elizabeth continued. "It makes us parents prepare food on time for our family."

"Before, we had water constraints to drink, cook, and do other domestic work," said 16-year-old Salaimatu K. "But today, we now have enough water. We [children] will bathe on time before going to school. Now that this water well is fenced, animals will not contaminate the water well anymore."

Salaimatu, center, pours clean water from the newly rehabbed well.

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 Ward Council, and the Ministry of Water Resources. Each official gave a short speech thanking everyone who contributed to the rehabilitation of the water project. Then, Elizabeth and Salaimatu made statements on their community's behalf. The ceremony concluded with celebration, singing, and dancing.

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 12 meters with water at six 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.

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.

We had extremely high attendance from the Rosint community, with more than one attendee from each household for all three days of the training. This demonstrates this community's commitment to better hygiene moving forward.

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 notable topic in Rosint was disease transmission, which served to open several community members' eyes to how they were unknowingly spreading disease. A few young mothers had been letting their little ones defecate anywhere, which meant that bacteria was often transferred from children and animals to food (which is often prepared outdoors). Everyone in the community promised to put forth an effort to change this behavior.

Elizabeth said: "I believe if every member of this community start implementing all the positive knowledge gathered from this training [it] will help us improve our health standards in this community."

"Before this time, we community members were doing handwashing, but we were not washing our hands properly," said 28-year-old Alusine Sumah.

"I will make sure that if any problem occurs, I will call the office immediately," Elizabeth concluded. "I will make sure that the water source is secure and always clean. I will be sure that the water source will be opened and closed at the correct time for everyone to fetch on time to go to workplaces or schools."

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.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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01/11/2022: Makuta Oil Palm Garden Well Rehabilitation Underway!

A severe clean water shortage at Makuta Oil Palm Garden 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.


Contributors

First Congregational Church of Chatham
27 individual donor(s)