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The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -
The Water Project: R.E.C. Primary School, Sierra Leone -

Project Status



Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab - Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Nov 2012

Functionality Status:  Partner Monitoring Unavailable

Last Checkup: 11/07/2016

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Community Profile

Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…

A team member commented, “The kids at this school seemed to be totally unfamiliar with the concept of hand-washing, but when we showed them the tippy-tap, they seemed to embrace the idea, and show enthusiasm for hand-washing.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from cholera, typhoid, malaria and respiratory illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. There is a primary school located in the community whose 300 students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Most community members earn a living by farming and selling their produce at nearby markets. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Abdulrama Carew, with a contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The team had an opportunity to meet with twenty-four year old community member and teacher, Mariam Kanu, who stated, “The surface of the old well was very low to the ground. When it rained, the rainwater runoff would enter inside the well and contaminate the water. The new water well was bailed with the machine, chlorinated and so it is free from germs.”

Project Updates


11/29/2012: R.E.C. Primary School Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the REC Primary School in Manalo, Sierra Leone, has a newly restored source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures from the site.  We realize the pictures are a bit distorted due to equipment difficulties in the field.  If we can get that straightened out, we’ll let you know.


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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.