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Gbaneh Bana, next to Health Post, Port Loko District, Lokomassama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

Project Location

Gbaneh Bana, next to Health Post, Port Loko District, Lokomassama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

GPS Coordinates

Latitude:08 40.345 N, Longitude: 013 10.732 W

People Served

1,300

Report Presented To

1billion Thirsty

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, “The fact that here was a health post that was getting their water from an impure source and through the generosity of a donor we were able to bring them a new borehole. This is awesome!”

When the LWI Sierra Leone team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located .75 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria and other respiratory illnesses. The LWI 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. Most community members are Muslim and earn a living by farming. There are a few who teach at the nearby school. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Santigie Kamara, with a LWI Sierra Leone contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

Testimony

A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, “The fact that here was a health post that was getting their water from an impure source and through the generosity of a donor we were able to bring them a new borehole. This is awesome!” When the LWI Sierra Leone team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located .75 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs.

Well Characteristics

Location Name

Gbaneh Bana, next to Health Post, Port Loko District, Lokomassama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

Location Type

Health Clinic

Work Type

New Borehole

Region/Provice/District

Port Loko District/Lokomasama Chiefdom

GPS Coordinates

Latitude:08 40.345 N, Longitude: 013 10.732 W

Altitude

33.8 m

Total Depth

18.5 m

Static Level

12.2 m

Casing Material

PVC

Pump Type

Afridev

Depth Of Cylinder

18.3 m

Diameter of Casing

100 mm

Well Yield

18.1

# Of People Served

1,300

The Project

Test Results Are From: LWI Test Kit

Total Dissolved Solids (as per TDS meter)

201

Chlorination

Yes

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.

Evangelism

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.

Gbaneh Bana, next to Health Post, Port Loko District, Lokomassama Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

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