Tinatafor, Officers Quarters Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.62
Longitude -13.21

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.

A Sierra Leone team member commented, “When I preached to them about deliverance, one woman who had an amputated hand stood up and confessed that during the war she was with the rebel forces and she had killed a man. Since the end of the war, she had never attended church, but because of the preaching that day at the water well she decided to confess her sin. All of us stood up and prayed for her.”

When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The Sierra Leone team was pleased to learn about the community’s use of a pour flush toilet as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team by guarding their equipment during the night. Most community members earn a living by petty trading, working as civil servants and many are soldiers. Predominant religions in the area are: Catholic, Protestant and Muslim. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided M.M. Hashim, with a 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 thirty-two year old community member and nurse, Davida Conteh, who stated, “The well had cockroaches before because it wasn’t well-sealed. The water from the well is free from any taste, and the pump is working well now.”

During the hygiene education, the Sierra Leone 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

03/08/2017: New Intervention Needed at Officer's Quarters

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.

The Water Project : 5030-feb-survey

12/17/2012: Tinatafor Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Tinatafor in Sierra Leone has a newly restored source of safe, clean water.   We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates, pictures, and information about the community.

The Water Project : sierraleone5030_page_5_image_0002-3

Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Tinatafor, Officers Quarters, Barracks Rd., Port Loko District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 5030
Install Date:  12/17/2012


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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.