Conakry Dee, Kaffu Bullon Chiefdom Well Rehab



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Country:
Sierra Leone

Program:
Water for Sierra Leone

GPS:
Latitude 8.42
Longitude -13.14

Impact:
400 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project was initially 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 community members were utilizing other methods to gather water about two-tenths of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation families were left suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria, respiratory and other preventable water related illnesses. During the teams’ stay community members assisted the team with the water project, made food for the team, provided any available materials and provided security over the water project during the night. The community members are also responsible for gathering a monthly well maintenance fee of $0.20 per household to help sustain the community’s water source. Our partners’s plan is to train communities to maintain water projects for sustainability. If communities slip back into a situation where they must rely on unimproved water sources, our donors’ investment is compromised. To help prevent this occurrence, our partner engages communities to help in planning, managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. Most of the community members depend on fishing, faring and petty trading for their livelihood. The nearest school is located half of a kilometer away from the community and now students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean drinking water. Before leaving the community, the Sierra Leone team provided Counselor Kamara with a contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. In an effort to ensure project sustainability, our partner is also responsible for visiting the well site annually.

The Sierra Leone team had the opportunity to meet with twenty-nine year old fisher, Foday Buah Kamara, who stated, “The new water source is free from germs and it is chlorinated. The old water source is not pure. It has germs and has a taste and it is open to people defecating near it.”

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


12/19/2017: New Intervention in Conakry Dee Community

The initial project in this community (seen in the reporting found on this page) is a display of our shared commitment to helping this community with first time water access. Equally as important to the community and The Water Project is ongoing support to make sure that water is reliable, day after day, year after year. This is why we monitor all our projects. Over time we’ve found that the water table has dropped in this area, limiting the intended benefit of this well. Though not common, this does happen from time to time.  

Because of our commitment to people in this community (and the lasting impact that our supporters want to make), we’ve drilled this well deeper in order to access a deeper, higher yield aquifer. This work will ensure that clean water is accessible here year round. To see that work, click here.


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06/26/2012: Restored Well Brings Clean Water To Conakry Dee, Sierra Leone

We are excited to report that the village of Conakry Dee has a newly restored, fully functioning well.  We have just posted a report from the field including pictures and GPS coordinates


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Project Data


Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Conakry Dee, Next to Alusine Massaquoi house
ProjectID: 573
Install Date:  06/27/2012




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.