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Lungi, Masoila, 1093 Airport Ferry Rd., Port Loki District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

Project Location

Lungi, Masoila, 1093 Airport Ferry Rd., Port Loki District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

GPS Coordinates

Latitude 08 36.752 N & Longitude 013 11.561 W

People Served

500

Report Presented To

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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, “The memorable part about this project is that when the hygiene trainer was praying at the dedication…”

A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, “The memorable part about this project is that when the hygiene trainer was praying at the dedication, an old man stood up and confessed his sins and accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. This old Muslim woman stood up and confessed about the enemy she has at home but since the trainer sang about washing your heart and loving your neighbor as yourself, she told us she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. There is a church nearby and the pastor was actually at the well dedication but the team did not get his information. He is already working in this area.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located .1 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related 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. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of six men and four women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Most community members earn a living working as civil servants, working at the local airport, petty trading or teaching at the nearby school. The school is located .2 of a 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, Rashid Conteh, with a LWI Sierra Leone contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

Testimony

The LWI Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with seventy-two year old community member and farmer, Abass Kanu, who stated, “The old water source we use is a rope and a rubber to fetch water from an open well. It has a bad taste and sometimes has color. The new water source is well protected and it has been chlorinated.”

Well Characteristics

Location Name

Lungi, Masoila, 1093 Airport Ferry Rd., Port Loki District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

Location Type

Village

Region/Provice/District

Port Loko District/Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom

GPS Coordinates

Latitude 08 36.752 N & Longitude 013 11.561 W

Altitude

44.5 m

Total Depth

13.7 m

Static Level

11.7 m

Casing Material

Cement

Pump Type

Afridev

Depth Of Cylinder

37.7 m

Well Yield

18.9 liters per minute

Gravel Pack

Yes

Sanitary Seal Depth From Surface

1

# Of People Served

500

The Project

Test Results Are From: LWI Test Kit

Total Dissolved Solids (as per TDS meter)

082

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

A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, “Before beginning the project, we gathered the community around the well to commit the work to God. At the dedication, we talked about Psalm 91 and how God delivers us from evil. This really struck a chord with some people. It was wonderful. The team has been studying Psalm 91 in their morning devotions and they brought what they had learned out to the field. They are sewers of the seeds they have been given.” Before leaving the community, the team also shared oral bible stories with community families. 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.

Lungi, Masoila, 1093 Airport Ferry Rd., Port Loki District, Kaffu Bullom Chiefdom, Sierra Leone

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