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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Animal House
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Bath Shelter
The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Bath Shelter
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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 -  Kitchen
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The Water Project: Rosint, Cassava Farm, Makuta Oil Palm Garden -  Landscape
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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
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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

Project Phase:  Donate to this Project
Estimated Install Date (?):  02/28/2022

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This area is known for agriculture which is a major part of food security that helps develop the country. Communities are slowly diversifying their sources of income through the planting of different crops that can be harvested and bring income throughout the entire year.

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 drinking water. It is located in the middle of the garden, with most homes being at least 1/2 km away.

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.

An alternative water source, the scoop hole at the swamp is used to water the plants in the garden and meet other household needs when the demand is too high at the well. 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.

“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.

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.


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