Construction of the well in Gandorhun

Finally, the contractors arrived in Gandorhun on Wednesday afternoon, after having covered the long journey from Freetown to Gandorhun. According to the work plan, they were supposed to be in Gandorhun and drilling on Tuesday, but due to a breakdown during the mobilization they were put behind schedule by a day. Upon their arrival and settling in the community, they immediately began to drill the bore well. The following photos show the equipment they came with. There were three trucks, one with the compressor, one with the rig and one supply truck. The supply truck, immediately left for supplies. The working crew was made up of 12 men.

The truck with the compressor and the truck with the rig and the generator.

 

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The supply truck.

The drilling on Wednesday was initiated at around 5:00 pm and ended at around 7:30 pm. During that period they managed to drill 15 meters in the ground, where they hit the rocky layer. The first water table was mate at approximately 12 meters’ depth. The photo below shows the ground layers’ samples which were drilled through on the first day of drilling.

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Ground layers drilled through during the first day of drilling.

The second day of drilling started at around 8:30 am, by 1:00 in the afternoon they had drilled down to 80 meters. The entire drilling from the 15 to the 80 meters took place through different types of rocky layers. The layers can be seen on the ground layers’ samples photo below.

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Ground layers’ samples from 1 to 75 meters.

According to contractors, there is plenty of water in the bore well. But I have told them, not to get too excited, the yield test will show how much water is down there.

The next step now is to clean the bore well and get it ready for the yield test. In the meantime, the contractors are waiting for the supplies to get the well ready. I was informed that the supplies will be in Gandorhun very soon.

During the weekend, the contractors decided to deepen the bore well down to 100 meters, but I will confirm whether it is done, when I visit the community later today.

Project 085 is pending, but steadily. The well in komende has been sunk, despite of hitting a rock during the sinking, there is about 0.5 meter of water in the well. The constructors are now pushing to finish the well.

In Talia the constructors hit a rock while excavating, and there have discussions on how to move forward. The youth in the community suggested to help the contractors penetrate the rock to avoid relocating the hand dug well. Though we will confirm this week whether they have done so.

In Nyandeyama the new location of the well has been selected by Pa kallon together with the authorities in the community. Though the excavation is not initiated yet.

Visitors from Denmark

Last week I received preeminent guests from Denmark, namely, the project leader Per Jacobsen and the new senior member coordinator for EWB-DK Svend Åge West.

Both guests had their own agenda, but the top priorities for their visit were to meet with the preferred contractors, visit the construction site and sign the contract with the contractors. Apart from the top priorities the visitors also had the opportunity to visit the university in Freetown and the poly technical institute in Kenema to find out whether they are interested in a cooperation with EWB-DK and how we can help them.

The photos were taken during the visit in Sierra Leone.

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The meeting with the contractors at the Kenema office.

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The visit in community (construction site) 

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World Water Day 2017

The project was officially launched on world water day in Gandorhun Niawa Chiefdom, where the community and the stakeholders gathered to officially initiate the water supply project. Among the guests, were the head chiefs from the nearby communities, representatives from the ministry of water resources, the EWB-SL team and the chief and community members of Gandorhun. The photos below show the launching in Gandorhun.

The audience gathered in the community hall during the launching.

The video shows women calling for the gathering in their traditional way.

During the Launching, I presented sketches of the project which is to be implemented in the community as there are no project drawings yet. On the picture below, the sketches are showed containing all the components of the water supply system.

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The water supply system principle sketch.

Apart from water supply and sanitation, IUG engages in other projects in Kenema district. Last week I had the privilege of visiting the Opportunity Center in Kenema. A center for disabled people, where they gather and engage in different professions such as tailoring, welding and mending electric appliances. Through these professions are the disabled people in Kenema capable of taking care of themselves. Though their daily work is not without obstacles, and this where they need IUGs help. Their main priority is solar, to be able to work when the power supply is off, which is very common in this part of the world. The photos below were taken during my visit at the center.

The blacksmith workshop.

Windows made by the blacksmiths.

The tailors workshop.

The electricians workshop.

The next steps

The next step in the pilot project was including the authorities as it is, and has to be part of the procedure in such projects. The inclusion of authorities in such projects from the beginning makes the handover process easier for us, and prevents the authorities from neglecting the project after it is handed over to the community.

On the pictures, you can see the visit together with the authorities in Gandorhun for site selection/ approval of locations for the water supply system components.

The visit kicked off with a gathering for introduction in the community hall.

As the photos show, women are highly represented in the meeting because of their role in the community.

Women and children usually fetch water in the communities, which is why they must be included, when the sites are being selected.

During the visit with the authorities, the stand posts locations were approved, though the water tank was allocated to another place. Despite of this, the water system components still remain in favorable positions considering the needed water pressure at the stand posts.

The following map shows, what came out of the visit.

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The map of Gandorhun showing the approved locations of the water system locations.

The ongoing construction of hand wells is still proceeding, and the following photos are taken from the well in Komende, where the lining and the casing has been done.

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The lining completed in Komende.

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The well cover.

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The casing completed.

The next steps in the construction will be sinking the well, then backfilling before covering the well, and at last do the water quality tests.

The drawing shows the different parts of a hand well for a better understanding of the pictures above.

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A hand well drawing.

My first week as an intern in Sierra Leone

My name is Peter Kasozi and I’m the new intern in IUG.

I have a bachelor in structural engineering from Aalborg University Esbjerg, January 2016. After my bachelor, I got job at Ingeniørgruppen Varde a consulting firm, which has offices in both Varde and Vejen. I was part of their team and worked until February 2017, where I got to work on many different projects with focus on structural analysis of concrete, steel, timber and geotechnical structures.

I have always been interested in voluntary work, more precisely in what it does for the beneficiaries. The timing for the internship at IUG couldn’t be better. I am at a point of my life, where I have time and set to take on new challenges.

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The project

IUG has given me the opportunity to help in solving water and sanitation obstacles in communities around Kenema district in the Eastern part of Sierra Leone. My role is to assist the EWB-SL team in administrating and implementing ongoing projects in Kenema district.

The most important project I will be working on is our pilot project in a holistic design of a water supply system. The system includes a submersible water pump, solar panels, a water tank, water pipes and stand posts.

Roles of the different components of the system.

  • The submersible pump pumps water from the drilled well to the water tank.
  • Solar panels supply power (electricity) to the submersible pump.
  • The water tank is used to store water.
  • Water pipes transport water from the water tank to the stand posts.
  • Stand posts are equipped with water taps, where people fetch water.

The project is under the starting faze, and I have visited the two communities, which were contending for the pilot project. Through the sat up parameters, most importantly the need for clean water, the community in which the pilot project is to be implemented has been chosen, and the choice fell on Gandorhun Naiwa Chiefdom. The photograph below shows the village.

Gandorhun Niawa Chiefdom 

The table below shows the population of the village according to the latest population census and the main occupation of the inhabitants

Gandorhun Niawa Chiefdom
Population 2080
Main occupation Farming

Designing the system is the next point on the schedule, and at the moment we gathering design data from the community such as the location of the water tank and the stand posts, as it is vital for the entire project. In the photograph below, you can see the location of the components the village.

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Location of the water tank and the stand posts

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My first visit at the community, where I was introduced to the town chief beside me on the right, by our mobilizer Helen Furthest on the left.

This is the community’s main source of water during the dry season

At the water source, they wash clothes, bathe and even drink water from it. This is not proper hygiene! Which is why, it is very important for the community to get access to clean water.

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The only functioning hand well in the community is only in use during the wet season, when the water level rises in the well.

The next picture shows one of the many unprotected wells in Kenema district, where people fetch water and in the video you can see how water is drawn from the wells.

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One of the unprotected wells in Kenema

Watch the video of the well here