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, "We had one boy at the hygiene training who was from a school with no Child Health Club, he joined the other children, and said he hoped to join the Child Health Club at his school when it is formed." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, 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 assembled a water committee consisting of five men and five women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, provided meals and guarded the team’s equipment. Most community members are Catholic, Protestant or Muslim and earn a living by farming. 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, Dominic Sengeh, with a Sierra Leone 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-two year old community member and petty trader, Serrah Conteh, who stated, "During the dry season, the well cannot supply the whole community, and we are suffering for drinking water."
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.