Makeni Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.81
Longitude -12.08

400 Served

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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, community members were utilizing a river located one kilometer 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, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members sustain their families by farming and keeping the majority of their produce to feed their families. Some are able to sell excess produce at nearby markets.  The nearest school is located two kilometers away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. During the team’s stay, there was a handicapped woman who had been sitting for a long time; as she was unable to walk. Immediately, the team prayed and the Spirit entered into her heart and she said she has accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Saidu Koloko, with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

Nenneh Kabia, interviewed by the Sierra Leone team, stated, “The old water source was a stream where we wash our clothes and bathe. We also fetch water there for drinking. The new water source, we do not wash or launder there. We use this clean, pure water for drinking.”

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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07/26/2012: Project Complete In Makeni, Sierra Leone

We are excited to report that the community of Makeni has a new safe, clean water source!  Check out the site for GSP coordinates and pictures

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Project Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Makeni, Masuba II, Bombali District, Sebora Chiefdom, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 575
Install Date:  07/26/2012


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Country Details

Sierra Leone

Population: 9.7 Million
Lacking clean water: 47%
Below poverty line: 70%

Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.