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, a hospital, school, and church were dependent on an unprotected hand dug well and other protected wells to attempt to sustain their growing water needs.  The community's use of a pit latrine and composting toilet will help prevent further spread of disease in the area.  There is a John Bosco Catholic church working in the area to help cultivate new believers, as many are of Muslim faith.  During the team's stay, community members assembled a water committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and who are responsible for helping maintain the well after the team leaves the area.  Before leaving the community, the team provided the water committee with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, or become subject to vandalism or theft.

There were four members of the child health club that participated in conducting the hygiene training.  This was an encouragement to the community to see their own children explaining hygiene principles as well.  Using the Traditional Method, the team addressed: Disease Transmission, Germs, Healthy and Unhealthy Communities, Good-Bad Hygiene Behaviors, Disease Transmission Stories, Clean Hands Clean Hearts, Tippy Tap, Proper Care of Pump and Keeping The Water Clean.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with forty-one year old community member and petty trader, Jane Allie, who stated, "Water from the old source was tasty, not chlorinated and not good for use.  The water from the new well is chlorinated, has no taste and it is very safe for us to use."

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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.


Project Sponsor - East Richland Elementary School/Mrs. Gwyne Doll 5th grade class