Lungi, Kitonki Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.65
Longitude -13.24

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, “The people in this community struggled with water problems for a very long time. There has been an outbreak of cholera in this district and chiefdom with several people dying. The people of this community were using a rope and a rubber bucket to collect water for such a long time. Seeing what the well looked like prior to the well rehab to what it looks like now and the joy on the faces of the people was just priceless. Such a big difference!”

The community had been using an unprotected hand dug well to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria and respiratory 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 any materials they had available, made food for the team and provided security over the water project during the night. Most community members earn a living by working for the local government, fishing, teaching, petty trading, making palm wine and practicing other skilled trades. 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, Sullaiman Koroma, 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 trader, Ramatu Kamara, who stated, “I am happy to have this well rehabilitated. We have had to buy water to drink which is too expensive and we have had to walk too far to fetch water. Drinking the water from this well made us sick. I am so happy and so thankful to have this well worked on and sealed up with a new hand pump and clean, pure water. Thank you Jesus!”

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. After the hygiene education, the community constructed a fence around the well site to keep livestock and other wild animals away from their clean water source.

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Recent Project Updates

06/04/2012: A New Well For The Village Of Kitonki

A new well has been completed fora community in Sierra Leone.  We have just posted pictures, GPS coordinates and an update from the field

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lungi, Kitonki, Next to Saidu Kargbo house
ProjectID: 572
Install Date:  05/31/2012


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.