Lumpa Well Rehabilitation Project

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Sierra Leone

Well Rehab - Sierra Leone

Latitude 8.33
Longitude -13.06

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

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

A community member shouted, “Allelujah” and stood up by her mother’s side and proclaimed that she was no longer Muslim, and had received Christ as her personal savior. When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located half of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid and malaria. The 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 provided sand for the project and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Most community members earn a living by farming or petty trading or by teaching at the nearby school. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Mohamed Kamara, with a Mariatu’s Hope 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 thirty-two year old community member and petty trader, Mariatu Kamara, who stated, “The old water source is an open well, the water is dirty and taste bad. 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

12/04/2012: Lumpa Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Lumpa in Sierra Leone has a newly restored source of clean water.  We just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures from the site.  We apologize for the distortion in the pictures.  If we can get that straightened out, we’ll let you know.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Well Rehab
Location:  Lumpa, 14 Kamara St, Western, Sierra Leone
ProjectID: 585
Install Date:  12/04/2012

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 11/30/2016
Well Depth:  48.00M

Visit History:
02/15/2015 — Functional
06/15/2015 — Functional
09/22/2015 — Functional
11/30/2016 — Functional

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.