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The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  All Smiles
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Adamsay At The Well
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Celebrations
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Community Leader
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Happy For Water
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Happy People
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Happy Women
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Women Celebrate
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Aminata At The Pump
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Celebrations
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Celebrations
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Celebrations
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Dignitaries Splashing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Holding Water
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Kids Splashing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Ward Secretary Celebrating
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Women At The Pump
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Women Celebrate
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Women Celebrate
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Women Celebrate
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Adamsay Collects Water
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Adamsay S
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Aminata Kamara
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Yasinnah Sesay
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Yasinnah Sesay
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Yasinnah Sesay
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Bad Hygiene
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Balance Diet
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Constructing Tippy Tap
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Coughing Into Elbow
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Dental Care
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Diarrhea
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Disease Prevention
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Disease Transmission
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Handwashing Result
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Handwashing Technique
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Handwashing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Importance Of Mosquito Net
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  The Importance Of Bathing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  The Importance Of Breast Feeding
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  The Importance Of Clotheslines
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  The Importance Of Latrines
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Worms And Parasites
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Setting Tripod For Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Drilling
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Bailing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Bailing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Bailing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Chlorination
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pad Construction
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Preparing For Yield Test
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Clean Water Flowing
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Finished Project
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Clothes Line
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Front Of Market Building
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Garbage
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Gingers
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Household
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Inside Market
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Inside Market
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Latrine Buiding At Market
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Mabinty Collecting Water
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Mabinty Sangalie
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Market Building
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Market Tables
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Market Tables
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Small Boy Cooking
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Water Storage Container
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Well Needing Rehab
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Buying Food
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Buying Food
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Processing Tobaco
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Selling Cosmetics
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Selling Dry Peppers
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Selling Food
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Selling Palm Oil
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Selling Potato Leaves
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Street Trading
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Woman Street Trading
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Yassinah Sesay
The Water Project: Petifu Junction Community 2 -  Young Lady Buying Rice

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Port Loko, Sierra Leone WaSH Program

Impact: 230 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Apr 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Anyone in business knows that time is money. This is why the water crisis is so devastating to the traders at Petifu Junction.

“Since the market well became nonfunctional, it is exceedingly difficult to access safe water in this community and the market,” said Yasinnah Sesay, 62, a local trader shown above. “Most of the wells in the community are not sustainable. They cannot supply water for us in the community and marketplace throughout the year. They get dry during the dry season. This has been a great challenge for my business at the market and at home.”

Both wells in this community that serve the 230 community members run out of water during the dry season (and break down mechanically year-round). By the time the food vendors are able to cook or the agricultural traders are able to wash their product, they’ve already lost out on a lot of business. Yasinnah told us that she often returns home with the food she was hoping to sell.

“I could not prepare food on time because my children had to fetch water after school in the afternoon, but the well is only opened early in the evening,” Yasinnah continued. “I have to wait until they fetch water before I start cooking. Some of the agricultural products that I sell mostly get perished because there is not enough water to preserve them. This is a loss on my business.”

“Accessing water in this community is a difficult task,” said 16-year-old Mabinty in the photo above. “I have to wake up early in the morning to fetch water before going to school. The well is mostly overcrowded.”

When both wells are inaccessible, the community members’ only option is the swamp. “Sometimes it is difficult to access water to launder my school uniforms and other clothes, so I have to go out to the community at the far swamp area to launder when it is difficult to access water at the community well,” Mabinty continued.

The water crisis also affects Mabinty’s schoolwork as well as her daily schedule. She is out late into the night waiting in lines at the community’s wells, which prevents her from studying.

“It has been a big struggle for me when I am in class,” Mabinty explained. “I easily fall asleep while a lesson is in progress. I have been punished a lot by my teacher, but it is difficult for me to stop sleeping in class because I always have to sleep late at night and wake up early in the morning to fetch water and do other domestic works. I am not happy with this condition because it is difficult for me.”

A reliable source of water will do so much to help the people of this community in school, in business, and at home.

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


04/28/2022: Petifu Junction Community 2 Well Rehabilitation Complete!

We are excited to share that a safe, reliable water point at Petifu Junction in Sierra Leone is now providing clean water to neighboring community members! We also conducted hygiene and sanitation training, which focused on healthy practices such as handwashing and using latrines.

"Before, the water situation was a big challenge for me," said 13-year-old Adamsay S. "I was always compelled to fetch water for domestic activities and my personal use, like when I want to take my bath, launder clothes, and when my mother needs water to prepare food and wash [things she sells] such as fish and vegetables."

Adamsay fills a container at the new well.

"I say a big thank you for providing this safe and pure water well," Adamsay continued. "The new water point will make me be punctual in school and I will now have enough time to rest and read my school notebooks. The new water point will save my time and energy, and this will reduce the chance to contract water sicknesses such as diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid."

"Before, I used to walk about 200 meters away from my house to fetch water for domestic purposes," said 55-year-old trader, Yasinnah Sesay. "But now with the new water point, all [that] is over. Also, the new waterpoint will reduce the difficulties I used to face with my trade. Before, I had limited water to wash my selling items like potatoes, leaves, and fish, but with the new borehole, all these obstacles [are] over."

Yasinnah, with the megaphone, sings and dances with other community women.

"The money I use to spend on medication will be used for other purposes," Yasinnah continued. "The availability of water will make it easier for me to clean the market table where I normally do my trade. All this will reduce the chances of disease transmission."

We held a dedication ceremony to officially hand over the well to the community members. Several local dignitaries attended the ceremony, including the community headman and representatives from the Ministry of Water Resources, the Port Loko District Council, and the Ward Secretary's office.

The Ward Secretary and the community headman splash water at the pup.

Each official gave a short speech thanking everyone who contributed to the rehabilitation of the water project and reminding the staff and students to take good care of it. Then, Yasinnah and Adamsay 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 their tools and supplies to prepare for drilling the next day. The community provided space for the team to store their belongings and 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 drilling tool. 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 22 meters with water at 16 meters. The hand-drill method allowed the team to install the cylinder far below the aquifer so that the community has excellent 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 new 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 be uncomfortable and 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 called and visited the local water user committee to 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. 16 people - more than one person per household - attended the training, which we held in the market building.

Training topics covered included handwashing and tippy taps, good and bad hygiene habits, disease transmission and prevention, COVID-19, 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 topic that participants discussed most was the implementation of dish racks in every household. In most kitchens of Sierra Leone, food is cooked using three stones and a fire on the ground. Placing food on a dish rack will keep it away from domestic animals and other contaminants that may enter the food close to the ground. Some community members accused others of not using their dish racks properly. However, by the end of the session, everyone agreed that dish racks should be installed and used at every household.

Trader Aminata Kamara, 56, shared what she learned during the course of the three-day training. "This training is so valuable to me because it has helped me learn so many things about personal hygiene, food hygiene, environmental hygiene, and how to take proper care of our drinking water source. As we all know, health is wealth, that is why is important to prevent and protect ourselves from things that link diseases to us."

Aminata cups her hands beneath the spout of the well.

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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04/08/2022: Petifu Junction Community Well Rehabilitation Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Petifu Junction 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 Photos


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

Get Auto Group Dallas, TX
31 individual donor(s)