the Wells



House of Hope Orphanage Well
House of Hope orphanage is located about 2.5km from Lodwar town centre, and is a total care facility providing food, housing, clothing, education, medical care and spiritual development to orphan children.

Currently House of Hope is home to 30 orphan children, but they have the capacity to double that, if they have access to clean water.

The orphanage is led by a team of 9 staff, dedicated to improving the lives of the children they look after.

Currently the orphanage gets its water from a government source which is both insufficient and unreliable. We hope that through drilling a borehole and installing a submersible pump at the orphanage, we can help towards the growth and development of the facility and the children who call it home.

There is also an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp across the road from the orphanage. The goal of the House of Hope team is to not only serve the children and staff at the orphanage, but to try and give the 800+ neighbors controlled access to a reliable source of clean drinking water.

Having their own independent, reliable source of water will unlock so much potential,including the ability to irrigate a planned desert agriculture program. Water is a key factor in improving the overall quality of life for the Turkana people and will help them take steps toward sustainability.

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Mutono Pefa School & Church Group Well
This project is located in Mumias district in a very hot and dry environment. One of the group members said the water is a very important tool since it will enable them fulfill their dream of beginning up fish farms. The self help group helps the community members by giving them small loans to begin up business. The self help group has a piece of land that can be used for gardening, but it’s not possible to plant vegetables because there is no water for irrigation. The self help group also supports the less fortunate pupils in the neighboring school by paying school fees and other minor needs.

The self help group used to access water from a stream which is a 2 km away. The water from the stream is turbid hence causing recurring problems of typhoid and cholera. The stream is seasonal and does not produce enough water leading to long queuing.

The self help group has a population of 500 members; the neighboring school has a population of 1000 pupils who will be the immediate beneficiaries of this water project.

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Sierra Leone

Newton Community Well
A LWI Sierra Leone team member commented, “An old man confessed his sins to us. He said he was getting drunk all the time, but after hearing our preaching he claimed that he would stop drinking altogether, and receive Christ as his Savior.” When the team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from cholera, dysentery, typhoid, malaria and 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. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and guarded the team’s equipment during the night. Most community members earn a living by small scale farming or petty trading and a few teach at the nearby school. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Mohamed Kargbo with a LWI Sierra Leone contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Sierra Leone team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-nine year old community member and petty trader, Augusta John, who stated, “The old well is open, the water has a taste and color. It is full of germs because it is not chlorinated. The new well has no taste and it is chlorinated and protected from germs.”

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.

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Southern Sudan

Baji Well
A new deep well is now serving the Baji community in Southern Sudan. At nearly 200 feet deep, it will serve over 46 households totaling 380 people in the community.

The community in Baji used to fetch water from a nearby stream.  As Peresi, a resident of Baji, describes in her own words, they had no idea that the water they had been drinking their whole lives was responsible for making her and her children so sick.  Now, her entire community has been taught proper sanitation and hygiene, and have a new source of safe water.  Lives will change.

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Waji Well
Story from Moses Munda

Moses is one of the Church teachers in the Episcopal church of the Sudan. He had been appointed by the administration of the church to lead the church in this village. Not only that mosses is married to one wife with five children.

Moses told me the problems they had in their church as they tried to organize for any fellowship for the Christians. One of the major challenges was how to get clean water for the Christians. They had to walk three miles or more to get clean water, and yet the nature of the roads does not allow bicycle to be used .the roads are full of big rock and deep potholes.

“As we continued to pray to our loving God, we believed strongly that He was going to answer our prayer. Today God has answered our prayer May His name be praised. May God bless the hands of the donors and those who worked hard to drill this bore hole for us.”

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Joom Village Well
Story from Rose Modong

“My name is Rose Modong, I’m 34 years old. I was born in Ongor village and got married in Joom Village to my lovely husband James Lodio in 1999. We have been blessed with five children.”

“During the war our my family stayed in Oliji refugee Camp in Uganda.” Rose noted that life for her family was not easy while in exile. Sanitation was poor and it was very hard to get clean water. They kept praying for a day to return home. Finally in 1997 they were able to resettle in their  home village.”

“Since I have lived in this village, we have been drinking water out of stream called Kije, which does not dry up through out the year. Both humans and animals share this stream. Water turns dirty, especially during rainy season due to run-off from the main road.”

According to Rose, it is very hard to boil water daily, and the community has been lacking knowledge of sanitation. She concluded by giving thanks to both the donor and WHI staff for the borehole. She believes that the community will utilize the borehole and sanitation training to further develop its people.

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Kitengule Kyecumu
The community in this village depend on subsistence farming and the major crop is maize. Those who don’t have land for farming are laborers on other peoples’ gardens. This community has never had access to clean water. Residents collect water form open sources which is shared with frogs and wild animals as this village is located at the peripheral of Murchison Falls National park. Water borne diseases like bilharzia, dysentery and typhoid are common in this community. The nearest water source from this village is about four kilometers away and access to this well is challenging. People fear the wild animals from the park as several people have been attacked and even killed.

Kitengule – Kyecumu village  has about twenty eight households with an estimated population of one hundred fifty  people. The sanitation in this village is poor.

Many households don’t use a latrine but use the bush. Due to open defecation, faeces are spread all over the village. This leads to (fatal) diseases and contamination of the groundwater. Our aim is that the community is able to live a healthy life and free of preventable diseases. We endeavor that at the end of our presence in the community; people have both access to sustainable clean water and access to sanitation. As a strategy to achieve is, we don’t commission the water source until all households have latrines. At the moment, we have organized families  to form digging groups for latrine construction and empowered them with tools to use.

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