Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Water for Sierra Leone

Impact: 200 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.

 The people in the community of Kambia earn a living as petty trading, airport workers, farmers and civil servants to help support their families. When the Sierra Leone team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well within the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this families were left suffering from dysentery, malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The Sierra Leone team was pleased to hear the community utilizing covered latrine pits which will help to prevent furthers spread of diseases in the area. During the teams’ stay a water committee consisting of six men and four women who made food for the team, provided materials and security over the water project during the night. The nearest school is located two kilometers away from the community and now students, teachers, and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean drinking water. Before leaving the community the Sierra Leone provided community member, Doris Kamara, with a contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The Sierra Leone team had the opportunity to meet with forty year old, Civil Servant, Bendu Jalloh, who stated, "The new well is great! It's under control!"

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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