Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 300 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.

When the Sierra Leone team arrived, 300 community members were struggling with their well running dry during the dry season, so the team made four casings and sank them into the well and poured a cement base, then installed the new pump. Because of this and the community's practice of open defecation, families were suffering from dysentery and malaria 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 any materials they had available and guarded the team's equipment during the night. Most residents earn a living by farming and trading. There is a school located half of a kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel now all have access to the new, safe water source.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-nine year old community member and civil servant, Mr. Amadu Tholley, who stated, "At first we used rope and bucket to fetch water and it took a long time to fetch water because the well is deep, and the water had a clay color. As for the new source it is simple and we send our children to the pump, because it is covered and well-sealed, so we have no fear for sending our children to fetch the water. The water is pure to drink without clay and no germs."

Immediately the people came out from the mosque, they came to the well site and listened to the hygiene lesson that we taught them. This made them feel happy. 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.

Project Updates

January, 2018: New Intervention in New London 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.