Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Lungi, Modia Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.64
Longitude -13.22

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.

A Sierra Leone team member stated, “This was such a busy well site and to see the joy from them was so great. Each time
the truck drove by this well site, the people were cheering and dancing and pointing to the water.”

When the Sierra Leone team arrived, community members were utilizing a stream located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of informal defecation, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria and respiratory illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of three men and three women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided food for the team, provided any materials they had available and helped the Sierra Leone team provide security over the water project during the night. Most community members earn a living by petty trading, working for the government, gardening and working for the nearby hospital. The nearest school is located .01 of a kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Alusine Sillah, with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-five year old community member and nurse, Emma Bayoh, who stated, “I’m very thankful for the new hand pump. While the pump was broken down we were drinking water that wasn’t pure. It had a smell and a rotten taste and a lot of germs. I’m thankful you came to help us. I’m also happy and thankful for the bible storying.  That with the new hand pump and hygiene training has changed the face of this community.”

During the hygiene education, the Sierra Leone team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.

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Recent Project Updates

05/31/2012: A Well Rehabilitation Completed in Modia, Sierra Leone

We are excited to report that a newly restored well is completed and operational!  We have posted pictures, GPS coordinates, and a report from the field

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lungi, Modia, 63 Spur Road
ProjectID: 571
Install Date:  05/31/2012

Monitoring Data
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Last Visit: 11/23/2017
Well Depth:  44.00M

Visit History:
04/06/2015 — Needs Repair
07/29/2015 — Functional
12/31/2015 — Functional
02/26/2016 — Functional
04/21/2016 — Functional
08/22/2016 — Functional
11/14/2016 — Functional
03/02/2017 — Functional
08/21/2017 — Functional
11/23/2017 — Functional

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.