Lungi, Royema Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.59
Longitude -13.18

400 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.

When the Sierra Leone team arrived, the fence surrounding the well site was not plastered. The pump and the casing were damaged and lining was also damaged. The team cleared out the well and fixed the lining and casing, then plastered the fence and installed new pump and poured new cement. There were 400 residents who had been forced to depend on an unprotected hand dug well located half of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of five men and five women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided food and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Most residents farm, garden or petty trade to earn a living and a few teach at the nearby school. There is a school located half of a kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all now have access to a safe water source.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-two year old community member and petty trader, Mabinty Kamara, who stated, “The old source was rope and rubber by drawing the water out with the rope and rubber. The new water source is easy they will have no pain in using the hand pump, so sometimes they send their children to pump for them because the pump is safe.”

The People were cooperative in making Tippy Taps. Since this is a new WASH committee set up at this well, no money had been collected. The committee has been instructed that they will need to impose a fee for water so when the pump has problems they can repair it themselves.

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Recent Project Updates

07/11/2013: Lungi, Royema Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the Royema community in Lungi, Sierra Leone, has a new source of safe clean water.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the project.  Thank you for your help!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lungi, Royema, 804 Main Motor Road, Port Loko District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 5033
Install Date:  06/27/2013


Project Underwriter - Riverside Church of Christ
Yakima Foursquare Church

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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.