Loading images...
The Water Project: Yams Farm Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Yams Farm Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Yams Farm Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -
The Water Project: Yams Farm Primary School Well Rehabilitation Project -

Project Status

Project Type:  Well Rehab

Program: Well Rehab - Sierra Leone

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jul 2010

Project Features

Click icons to learn about each feature.

Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports…

The community of Yams Farm is located in the Western Rural district of Sierra Leone. The handle of this well was stolen a long time ago. After that the school closed due to lack of funding and teachers. The well sat broken and abandoned. When the school reopened, the students had to collect water from a local open well. The community helped the team with the repair by providing labor. The old pump was removed, the clover slid off and the community removed the dirt from inside the well. The cover was pushed back over and a new Afridev hand pump was installed. When the project was complete, the community established a point person to be the caretaker of the well. It was a blessing to this school to
be able to replace their hand pump. Most people in the community earn a living through teaching, farming and petty trading.

Mrs. Rosalie Kai, 44 year old head teacher spoke with the team about the water needs for her community. “With the new hand pump, it is easy to get water. The children are not walking far to get water. The clean water will improve the health condition of the children.”

The students and teachers gathered with the team around the well to pray before beginning the work. The community helped clean out the well and the next day everyone came back with excitement. There was great cheering when the water came gushing out! Thankfulness and joy was flowing from the mouths of the students and teachers. The well was dedicated back to Daddy God and the gospel was presented. Bibles were distributed and some bible stories were told. They asked to please thank the donor for this hand pump. They appreciate your gesture of love towards them.

Hygiene Training
The teachers and students were excited about the hygiene training and were fully engaged. There were nine teachers and 300 students that attended the training. LWI Sierra Leone is a partner with UNICEF and their menstrual hygiene lesson was taught to 37 classes of fifth and sixth grade girls. Lessons included germs/disease transmission, proper hand washing techniques, healthy/unhealthy communities, ORS (oral rehydration solution), proper care of the pump, keeping the water clean, good-bad hygiene behaviors, dental hygiene and disease transmission stories.

We're just getting started, check back soon!

Project Photos

Project Type

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.


Global Water Initiative - Notre Dame