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Back of Church of God of Prophecy, Main Motor Rd., Sierra Leone

Project Location

Back of Church of God of Prophecy, Main Motor Rd., Sierra Leone

GPS Coordinates

Latitude:08 49.427 N, Longitude: 013 14.310 W

People Served


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The Country

According to the most recent UNDP report, Sierra Leone is ranked 158th out of 169 countries with comparable data in the United Nations Human Development Index.

The brutal civil war that stretched from 1991 to 2002 cost tens of thousands of lives and destroyed much of the country’s economy and social infrastructure. The displacement of millions coupled with the exodus of many trained and educated people has made recovery even more challenging. Even so, Sierra Leone has made some strides in development, democracy, and stability. In September 2007 Sierra Leone conducted credible national elections that peacefully ceded leadership to the opposition party.

Unfortunately, in spite of recent advances, Sierra Leone remains one of the poorest countries in the world, with more than half of the population living below the poverty line. Unemployment rates continue to rise, primarily affecting youth and ex-combatants. Sierra Leone also has the world’s highest maternal and infant mortality rates, due in large part to widespread malnutrition. The health system collapsed during the war and has not been able to recover enough to meet the health needs of a growing population.

Water catchments, rivers, ponds, and lakes are the main sources for water during the rainy season. Open hand dug wells replace these sources when the rains stop. Nearly half of the country lacks access to clean drinking water, while almost 90 percent do not have adequate sanitation services.

Our Work In Sierra Leone

Living Water Sierra Leone launched in the wake of the nation’s civil war, during which many community water sources (wells, pumps, etc.) were destroyed.

Our in-country program directors work tirelessly for the people of Sierra Leone, collaborating with the government and other NGOs to stay on the cutting edge of best practices for the communities they serve. Working within the Western area, Port Loko, Bombali, and Tonkolili districts, the national team builds toilets at schools and rehabilitates wells and hand pumps in villages that desperately need clean water. Additionally, Living Water Sierra Leone has implemented a robust hygiene and sanitation program using participatory methods that empowers teachers and students in local schools to teach others in the community about the sanitation and hygiene practices that will keep them healthy.

General Information

A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, “This was a unique project because of the challenge of finding a suitable location for the borehole in order to avoid salt water contamination."

"All the other wells in the town get a salty taste from time to time due to the proximity to the sea. When we came for the dedication, we were greeted by a group of all-female musicians who created a festive atmosphere with brilliant drumming and dancing for about 30 minutes before we got started. It was so awesome to be able to bring this community a clean water source. They are so thankful. Their cup overflows with thanksgiving!” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected spring to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, guarded the team’s equipment during the night and provided sand for cement mixing. This water committee is also responsible for collecting $0.0017 USD per liter of water collected. The nearest school is located half of a kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Most community members are Protestant or Muslim and sustain their families by fishing. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Alfred Spaine


The LWI Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with forty year old community member, Turay Y'alimamy, who stated, “They dug this well in the right place, exactly where the pure water is. This new one is much deeper, and by the grace of God, it won't go dry like the other wells around here.

Well Characteristics

Location Name

Back of Church of God of Prophecy, Main Motor Rd., Sierra Leone

Location Type


Work Type

New Borehole


Port Loko District/Lokomasama Chiefdom

GPS Coordinates

Latitude:08 49.427 N, Longitude: 013 14.310 W


21.5 m

Total Depth

16 m

Static Level

1.8 m

Casing Material


Pump Type



Start: 7.3m Stop: 14.5 m

Depth Of Cylinder

13.8 m

Diameter of Casing

100 mm

Well Yield

18.9 liters per minute

Gravel Pack


# Of People Served


The Project

Test Results Are From: LWI Test Kit

Total Dissolved Solids (as per TDS meter)




It is policy of Living Water International to shock chlorinate water wells at a minimum: after completion of drilling and installation of pump and before use by end users, After the well seal is broken during maintenance or rehabilitation and before use by end users.

Hygiene Education

During the hygiene education, the LWI 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.


Considering 80% of developing countries are oral preference learners, oral disciple making methods are Living Water International’s core component of sharing the Gospel in areas of work. Living Water International provides pastoral care and discipleship of field staff, so pastors and LWI staff are better able to share the Gospel with spiritually thirsty communities. To make disciples of oral learners, LWI Sierra Leone uses stories, proverbs, drama, songs, chants, and poetry to better engage communities. LWI Sierra Leone tells Bible stories to community families and asks questions to help guide community members to interpret scripture into their own context. A LWI Sierra Leone team member stated, “We recited Psalms 89:1-3. I will sing of the mercy forever with my mouth. I will make known with faithfulness with all generations for I have said mercy should build forever.”

Back of Church of God of Prophecy, Main Motor Rd., Sierra Leone

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