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, "What was memorable is that the people were fasting and when we gave them the ORS lesson, they drank the ORS and broke the fast. Many people gave their lives to Christ that day."
When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a river located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and severe dehydration. The Sierra Leone team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a pour flush toilet as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided food and security over the water project during the night. Most community members earn a living working as civil servants, petty traders and teachers. There is a school located in the community whose student’s teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Abass Kamara, 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-six year old community member and civil servant, Elizabeth Sandy, who stated, "The old water source is a running stream and it is shallow. It has all kinds of bacteria in it for people wash their clothes, bathe and defecation near there. The new water source is protected. It is clean and chlorinated and will be sweet to drink because Jesus Christ the person is their pump."
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.