Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

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Community Profile

This project was implemented by another partner, but is now monitored and maintained by The Water Project together with Mariatu's Hope.

General Information
The community of Lungi, Tombo Bana is located in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone. The well was constructed by Oxfam but never followed up on the well. They trained two men to repair the pump but there was no money to do the repairs. The pump cylinder was damaged beyond repair. The old pump was pulled and a new Afridev pump was installed. When the well broke, the community was using the river for their water source. Most of the waterborne illnesses from the river were cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria. Most people in the community earn a living through farming and petty trading. There was a great unity in the community. Men were over by the pump with the team and the women and children were actively participating in the hygiene training. The community helped out with the project by providing labor. When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well.

Testimony from a community member: Chief Pa Komrabai Kargbo, 55 year old chief of the village spoke with the team about the water needs. "The stream is far away and the water is not pure. I'd rather drink water from a well than a stream. Today is a very happy day for my community! Thank you The Water Project!"

The community gathered with the team to pray prior to beginning any work. During the hygiene training, there was some Bible storying of the lost son. Good News bracelets were made with the children. At the dedication, the well and the pump were dedicated back to Daddy God. The Gospel was presented. There was a local pastor present for discipling. The community gave thanks to God for the new hand pump and for The Water Project and their donors.

Hygiene Teaching
There was a great turnout for the hygiene training. The classes were taught in combination with the adults and children. There were 51 adults and 34 children present for the training. Fifty-one ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) spoons were distributed. Other topics included: germs/disease transmission, proper hand washing, proper care of the pump, keeping the water clean, good-bad hygiene behaviors and healthy-unhealthy communities.

Project Updates

December, 2017: New Intervention in Tombo Bana Community

The initial project in this community (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this community with first time water access. Equally as important to the community and The Water Project is ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.  

Because of our commitment to people in this community (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve drilled this well deeper in order to access a deeper, higher yield aquifer. This work will ensure that clean water is accessible here year round. To see that work, click here.

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Project Type

Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


42 individual donors
Sharon High School
Aylesford Baptist Church
Duane & Katrina Weaver