Among the most basic human needs is fresh, clean water for drinking and for bathing. So many of the illnesses that affect Sierra Leone are waterborne and could be decreased or wiped out with a proper water supply. Several rivers and tributaries in Sierra Leone are great indicators of fresh ground water supplies. But to access these supplies the communities need the ability to drill new wells and then pump the water locally. To make the best use of this natural resource, run off and reclaimed water can also be used in agricultural projects. The Gondobay Manga Foundation is dedicated to establishing simple yet effective wells and pumping systems on a village by village basis, so that clean, fresh water is a reasonable distance from every member of the community.
May 26, 2006 Isaiah Washington talks to a boy gathering water from the sewer along the streets of Freetown.
May 26, 2006 Children gather water from the sewer along the street where they play.
May 30, 2006 A man collects water from a roadside pond in the Kono District.
February 21, 2007 Without water and sewage grids to supply the country, residents bathe and do laundry in local rivers.
February 16, 2007 Because of inadequate draining stagnant water (a breeding ground for malaria carrying mosquitos) compounds the problem of having no clean water.
February 18, 2007 Water is pumped into residences only when the is electricity to run the generator–buckets are used all other times.
February 19, 2007 The women of the village carry headpans of fresh water up from the river which is over a quarter of a mile away.
February 19, 2007 On this day the women must carry their normal water quota plus enough to fill drums plus enough water for the masons to mix cement.
February 19, 2007 The women will continue this ritual for the most of the day until there is enough water for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and mixing cement.
February 15, 2007 Visiting missionaries from Pennsylvania (led by John Corley) assess a faulty pump on the well in Njala Kendema.
February 15, 2007 Villagers surround the well as missionaries attempt to fix it.
February 15, 2007 Stepping out! John Corley figures out a way to replace a missing piece of the mechanism so the hand pump will work.