Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 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, "The community showed a lot of enthusiasm and participated greatly in the rehabilitation of the well, working alongside us to complete the manual labor tasks." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected spring to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery and typhoid. 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 with the water project whenever possible and guarded the team’s equipment. Before leaving the area, the team provided community member, Amara Bangura, 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 fifty year old community member, gardener and petty trader, Mumusu Turay, who stated, "In the dry season, we used a running stream in the bush which is full of leaves, and in the rainy season we drink rainwater. The new well provides good drinking water and helps us greatly. We are very happy that the hand pump has been fixed."

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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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.


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