New Orphanage Handpump
New Orphanage Handpump
Old broken Pump
Old broken Pump
Health & Hygiene Workshop
Health & Hygiene Workshop
New Handpump
New Handpump
New Well Caretaker
New Well Caretaker
The people of Swagger Island Orphanage, Liberia thank
Bert & Linda Smith (Winnipeg, MB)
Ryan & Julia Polinsky (Mitchell, MB)

For helping them replace their worn-out pump and repair their well
Latitude: 6.31708 Longitude: -10.73052
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A message from the community

Dear Sir/Madame The inhabitants of Swagger Island Orphanage community, wholeheartedly thank and offer every appreciation to all of you for rehabilitating our old handpump and giving us a brand new one. We promise you that this new pump is going to be used for its intended purpose because as you taught us and we believe it.. Water is Life. Your entity has always been there to help us as you have for humanity here in Liberia and we ask that God Almighty would richly bless and keep you all safe as you work to help all the children. Sincerely Mr Abdulle Dunbar Elder of the community.

Some community details (provided by our in-country partners)

This community is located on a small island in the middle of a salt swamp. The capital city of Monrovia has expanded around this swamp but the island was desolate and isolated. The well was drilled in 1996 during the Liberian civil war. The island's isolation had caused it to be spared by the various rebel factions that had swept through the capital. The island had no road access and was only accessible by makeshift walking paths through the swamp, grasses and bushes. However, while the residents were spared from violence, they suffered greatly from lack of fresh drinking water. Over 20 attempts had been made to dig wells on the island. These wells had been lined with car tires, broken drums or anything else that they could get their hands on. All their efforts failed as salt water seeped into the wells or the hard sandstone preventing them from digging down to fresh water. This well was originally constructed at the request of the orphanage after the Ma who ran it out of her home, appealed to the Lifewater team who had been drilling at a nearby MVTC refugee camp. She had come in search of help after one of the little girls in her care had been pulled head first by the heavy bucket she was trying to lift to fall into one of these salty water dug wells and drowned. The original well was very difficult to drill, but after almost a week, the team managed to penetrate into the hard sandstone deep enough to come across a fresh water vein. Since this time the well has never run out of fresh water.

Well Details

Project Completed: 2015-06-30 Well Depth: 0 ft.
Depth of Water: 0.00 ft. Casing Diameter: 0.00 in.
Screen Length: 0.00 ft. Developed By:
Development Time: Well Yield:
Disinfection: Handpump: Afridev
Water Colour: Clear Water Odour: None
Turbidity: Clear Taste:
Nitrate: Bacti Test: Negative
Iron: pH: 7.000

Every $1 you give provides a child with safe water for a year!

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