Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 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, 1,300 community members were dependent on an unprotected well located 6 kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. (Editor's Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people.  To learn more, click here.)  Because of this, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most residents farm to earn a living and a few work at the nearby health clinic. There is a Weslyn Church of Sierra Leone located in the community who will continue to cultivate community members after the team leaves the area. Before leaving the community, the team provided the local Water Committee with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

Using the Traditional Method, the team addressed: Disease Transmission, Germs, Healthy and Unhealthy Communities, Hand Washing-Proper Techniques and Water Saving Methods, Good-Bad Hygiene Behaviors, Living Well Club Bible Stories, Disease Transmission Stories, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping the Water Clean. A Sierra Leone team member commented, "The community was encouraged to keep their environment clean and always use the tippy tap for hand washing."

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-one year old community member and petty trader, Memura N’fa Kamara, who stated, "The old water source had a lot of fuel smell and the fuel would settle on top of the container making it hard to drink. With the new well now, they have access to clean water with no fuel taste."

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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.