Rosint Community Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.56
Longitude -13.17

500 Served

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Stories and 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, 800 residents were dependent on an unprotected well located 3 kilometers outside the community, rainwater collection, and other protected wells located 2 kilometers outside the community to sustain 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.  The community’s use of pit latrines and a pit latrine with a slab will help prevent further spread of disease in the area and promote good hygiene behaviors.  During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee 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 farm small plots to provide for their families and a few work at the local school and local St. Mary’s Church.  The local church will continue to share the gospel in the community 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, become subject to vandalism, or theft.

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, Proper Care of Pump, and Keeping The Water Clean.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with forty-three year old community member and primary school teacher, Franklyn Stuart, who stated, “The old well was open and people used rope and rubbers to fetch water and the water was also tasty.  The new source is protected, free from germs and it is chlorinated and it is covered by the blood of Jesus since it was dedicated.”

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Recent Project Updates

12/04/2013: Rosint Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Rosint in 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.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  6 Gilbert Street, Rosint, Port Loko, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 5047
Install Date:  12/04/2013

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.