New Life Clinic Health Post Well Rehabilitation

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Sierra Leone

Water for Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.59
Longitude -13.20

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, community members were utilizing a protected spring located one 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 suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. The local health clinic treats 50 patients daily and has two beds. The health clinic is responsible for treating 7,505 in the community and surrounding communities and the most common illnesses treated are; malaria, typhoid, cholera and dysentery. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members earn a living by fishing, petty trading, nursing, teaching or by working as civil servants. The nearest school is located one 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, Michael N’Danema, with a LWI Sierra Leone contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, “The memorable thing about this project is that during the hygiene training there is a pregnant woman by the name of Aminata. She is crying for help. She is in labor to deliver her baby.”

The Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-six year old community member and petty trader, Mariama Vandy, who stated, “The old water source has a taste and color and it has larva. When we fetch water we wait for it to settle down before they drink it. The new water source is clean.”

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

11/05/2012: New Life Clinic Health Post

We are excited to report that the New Life Clinic Health Post in Sierra Leone has a newly rehabilitated water source.  The well has been repaired and is providing safe, clean water for the clinic and the people of the community.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures of the project and community members.  We realize that the pictures are a bit distorted due to a technical difficulty on the ground in Sierra Leone.  When we get that straightened out, we’ll let you know.

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10/18/2012: A Brief Project Update

We are told by our partner that project updates are expected soon.  We’ll be sure to fill you in as soon as we receive anything.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lungi, Yongoroo, #1 Mission Rd. New Life Clinic Health Post, Port Loko District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 579
Install Date:  11/05/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 07/22/2017
Well Depth:  52.00M

Visit History:
06/24/2015 — Needs Attention
10/05/2015 — Functional
12/30/2015 — Needs Attention
02/15/2016 — Needs Repair
04/12/2016 — Functional
07/15/2016 — Functional
10/12/2016 — Functional
04/13/2017 — Needs Repair
07/13/2017 — Needs Repair
07/22/2017 — 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.