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Port Loko District, Koya Rural 08, Six Mile Crossing Health Post, Sierra Leone

Project Location

Port Loko District, Koya Rural 08, Six Mile Crossing Health Post, Sierra Leone

GPS Coordinates

Latitude 08 21.467 N & Longitude 012 58.269 W

People Served

300

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 stated, “The community, nurses and patients were very excited about having a new hand pump.

They were thankful for the hygiene training and loved the Oral Rehydration Solution spoons.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a protected hand dug well located .01 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria, respiratory illnesses, diarrhea and severe dehydration. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. Most community members earn a living by petty trading, producing palm oil and palm wine and teaching at the nearby school. The school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. The community also has a local hospital that treats 110 patients daily and holds two beds. There are 3,500 patients the hospital treats in the area. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Janet Moresay, 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 thirty-five year old community member and gardener, Rebecca Conteh, who stated, “I am so thankful for this new hand pump. The old source that had the pump was restricted by the people in the mosque. They just give me one rubber for drink. The community has really strained with wells that go dry and having to get water from the stream. The water from this well will be pure. It will be free from germs and sickness. There will be enough water for us. Thank you!”

Well Characteristics

Location Name

Six Mile Crossing Health Post

Location Type

Health Clinic

Region/Provice/District

Port Loko District, Koya Rural 08, Six Mile Crossing Health Post, Sierra Leone

GPS Coordinates

Latitude 08 21.467 N & Longitude 012 58.269 W

Altitude

30.5 m

Total Depth

14.5 m

Static Level

12.6 m

Casing Material

Cement

Pump Type

Afridev

Depth Of Cylinder

14.3 m

Well Yield

18.9 liters per minute

Gravel Pack

Yes

Sanitary Seal Depth From Surface

1

# Of People Served

300

The Project

Test Results Are From: LWI Test Kit

Total Dissolved Solids (as per TDS meter)

095

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. The LWI Sierra Leone team also addressed HIV/AIDS and constructed a fence around the well site to keep livestock and wild animals away from their clean water source.

Evangelism

The nurses and patients gathered with the team around the well to pray before beginning the project, During the hygiene training, scriptures were shared, and upon completion, the team gathered everyone around the well for the story of the woman and the well. The Gospel was presented, and the love of Christ was poured out to the nurses by the LWI Sierra Leone team coming to give them a new hand pump. They really felt the presence of the Lord and were thanking God. Before leaving the community, the team had an opportunity to establish a partnership with the local church, Iris Ministries No Boundaries, who will continue to share the Gospel with community members after the LWI Sierra Leone team leaves the area.

Port Loko District, Koya Rural 08, Six Mile Crossing Health Post, Sierra Leone

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