Magbanga Village Well Rehabilitation Project

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Sierra Leone

Well Rehab - Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.31
Longitude -12.95

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…

A Sierra Leone team member stated, “During the hygiene training, we had one man named Hassan who decided to explain one of the lessons back to the participants in team, because he wasn’t convinced that everyone understood when we taught it in Krio. He did such a good job explaining it that from this point we decided to implement this idea of bringing forth one of the participants to re-teach certain lessons to reinforce the ideas, regardless of whether there is a language barrier or not.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria and other respiratory illnesses. The Sierra Leone team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Most community members are Muslim and earn a living by farming or by teaching at the nearby school. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Mamoud T. Sillah, with a Mariatu’s Hope contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with twenty year old community member and petty trader, Sarah Kargbo, who stated, “The distance to the old source is too far, it is not protected, and sometimes it gets dirty. Now with the new well all these problems are over, and it makes life very simple.”

During the hygiene education, the team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.

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Recent Project Updates

12/17/2012: Magbanga Village Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the villiage of Magbanga, Sierra Leone has a newly restored well providing safe, clean water for the community.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates, pictures, and information about the village.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Six Mile, Magbanga Village, next to Lamine Forna's house, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 5029
Install Date:  12/17/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 08/12/2016
Well Depth:  46.00M


We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
02/15/2015 — Functional
06/15/2015 — Functional
09/22/2015 — Functional
08/12/2016 — Needs Repair

Country Details

Sierra Leone

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

Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.