Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 30 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

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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 commented, "One man by the name of Mr. Sorie said that his own friend cut his hand off during the war. Since then, he had never forgiven him, but when he heard the preaching about forgiveness, he confessed this to us, and stated that he would forgive his friend now."

When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected spring located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from typhoid and malaria. The Sierra Leone team was pleased to learn of the community's use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team's stay, community members assisted the team by guarding their equipment during the night. Most community members earn a living by farming and gardening cassava, potato leaves and ground nut and rice. 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, Ibrahim Sorie Sankoh, 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-eight year old community member and petty trader, Zainab Kanu, who stated, "The old water source was full of dirt and had a color. It made most of us get diarrhea. The new water source is clean and blessed, so it is safe to drink. It is free from sickness."

Project Updates

December, 2017: New Intervention in War Wounded Camp

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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Well rehabilitation is one of the most cost effective ways to bring clean, safe water to a community.  Sometimes it involves fixing a broken hand pump, other times it means sealing a hand dug well to prevent it from being contaminated.  These repairs, and often time total replacements, coupled with sanitation and hygiene training make a huge impact in communities.


4 individual donors
Consumed YM
Steven Edwards Color Group