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, there was no pump on the existing well and the team was informed that the well was dry even during the rainy season. The team did a repaired the lining and installed a new hand pump and poured a new cement base. In this area of Lungi, the wells go dry in the rainy season which is opposite of the rest of the country There were 250 residents who had been forced to depend on an open well located one 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, typhoid, 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 garden or work as petty traders to earn a living and a few teach at the nearby school. There is a school located two kilometers away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all now have access to a safe water source.
The people were fetching their drinking water from a hole that they dug at the swamp, the water was very dirty looking, the people were very happy for having this hand pump because their water is now clear, clean and safe for drinking. 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.
The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with forty-eight year old community member and petty trader, Marima Turay, who stated, "The old source was swamp water, when we fetched the water we would wait for 5 minutes for the particles to settle down before we drink. We are drinking it because there is no other source to get water. The hand pump is more safe and clean to drink, and it will save the life of the people of Kambees."