Rotifunk Victory Primary School and Church Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.60
Longitude -13.19

500 Served

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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 well rehab was at the church in Rotifunk located in the Port Loko district of Sierra Leone. The open well sits alongside a new building that houses church services and a primary school. The open well was sealed up, a base was placed and a new Afridev hand pump was installed. The community was excited to see the team come and the women made a wonderful meal of rice with sauce and fresh mangoes. Most people in the community earn a living through fishing, working at the airport, teaching, agriculture, market sellers, traders, carpenters and masons. The community helped out with the project by providing materials, food, security and labor. When the project was complete, the community established a water committee and a point person to be the caretaker of the well.

Testimony from a community member
Victoria S. Jarrett, 53 year old child welfare worker and sand/stone supplier spoke with the team about the water needs. “There is a great different between fetching water with a rope and a rubber compared to a sealed up well with a hand pump. We will not experience the sores on our hands anymore. The dirty rope will not go inside the well and no disease will enter and the sickness will stop. We’re very thankful!”

There were 58 people in attendance who prayed with the team before any work began. After the well project was complete, they gathered back around the well and dedicated it back to Daddy God. There was singing and rejoicing. The gospel was presented and the church members were present.

Hygiene Teaching
In addition to the hygiene lessons, the trainers sensitized the community on the importance of having a toilet of some sort. The variations were discussed and the community was encouraged to work together for a defecation free community. There were 29 adults who attended the training and 29 ORS spoons were distributed. Other topics included: germs/disease transmission, proper hand washing, healthy-unhealthy communities, proper care of the pump and keeping the water clean.

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Recent Project Updates

07/20/2017: New Intervention Needed at Rotifunk Victory Church

This hand-dug well provided good water to the church and community for years, but we recently started seeing a change. Thanks to our monitoring program, we discovered that during the drier months, this well stopped serving the community. There just wasn’t enough water reachable by the pump.

Thus, we’ve sent a full work team to open up the well and drill meters of borehole down to the next water table. This deepening will ensure that the pump consistently provides clean, adequate water to families living here. To see that project, click here.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 521
Install Date:  02/26/2010


58 individual donors
Duane & Katrina Weaver

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Country Details

Sierra Leone

Population: 9.7 Million
Lacking clean water: 47%
Below poverty line: 70%

Partner Profile

Mariatu’s Hope works with vulnerable communities and individuals to inspire hope through Maternal Care, Infant Nutrition, Safe Water Access, Proper Sanitation and Health and Hygiene promotion.