Clean Water Wells & Sanitation
According to a recent WHO report, more than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to basic sanitation services – that’s more than one-third of the global population! Due to lack of access to clean water, water-related diseases kill 1 out of every 5 children under the age of 5 worldwide. In fact, dirty water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
World Hope International believes that access to fresh water helps to sustain and prolong life, prevents the spread of disease, promotes an increased quality of life, and increases time for economic productivity.
To learn more about WHI’s current clean water and sanitation efforts, read the 2016 Water & Sanitation Annual Report.
Since 2004, World Hope International has worked to drill clean water wells and provide necessary sanitation in some the world’s most impoverished communities. Hundreds of thousands of people in Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cambodia are living healthier, more productive lives because of access to clean water. WHI responds to the water crisis by:
Clean water wells not only improve one’s quality of life, they prolong it. WHI drills borehole water wells in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cambodia, Mozambique, and Zambia, which are run by crews made up of local engineers. The teams drill wells in communities, schools, hospitals and other public institutions that lack a clean water source, and then train local leaders to maintain the wells and keep clean water flowing long after drilling is done. One well brings clean water to approximately 550 people.
Before drilling a well, WHI conducts a water quality analysis to check the physical, chemical and bacteriological composition of the water. The borehole wells are usually fitted with a hand pump as well. WHI’s WASH efforts began in 2004 with hand dug wells and have since expanded to include four drilling rigs, multiple compressors, and many vehicles. To support the growing effort, WHI has hired additional staff engineers, geologists, drillers, drivers, mechanics and other auxiliary staff.
In 2016, WHI drilled in partnership with UNOPS to provide water at three major government hospitals in Sierra Leone. In 2017, WHI will be drilling community and health clinic wells for UNICEF Liberia and plans to purchase a second set of geophysical survey equipment to increase capabilities and to keep up with the demand for drilling boreholes. In total, WHI expects to drill 105 new community boreholes in 2017, and construct 50 elevated tank systems and 40 showers at rural health facilities in Sierra Leone.
Most people don’t realize how important a toilet is – yet clean toilets play a huge role in preventing the spread of bacteria and disease. In many of the same communities, schools and hospitals where wells are drilled, WHI builds latrines. Local materials are used to build the facilities, and community leaders are trained to maintain them. Learn about the unexpected correlation between proper toilet facilities and educating girls here! In 2017, WHI will be constructing toilets, showers and hazardous waste disposal units at health posts in Sierra Leone.
Solar-powered piped water supplies:
In partnership with the John Snow Institute (JSI), WHI is constructing solar-powered water supply systems for 21 Health Posts in Sierra Leone, providing access to the water needed to properly clean and disinfect facilities. These systems also provide clean, safe drinking water to staff and patients. Our solar-powered water supplies consist of a well, a water tower and solar panels that generate power for an electric pump. Water towers create the possibility of running water piped into a building, something that is a rarity in Sierra Leone. A hand pump is also installed in the same well as a backup pump in case any issues arise with the solar power generation — a feature unique to WHI’s model. In 2017, WHI will be constructing 49 more of these solar powered water systems at health posts for UKAID and JSI.
We're Proving It!
WHI’s method of providing water and training for on-going maintenance works: a 2013 internal audit found that 91 percent of the wells WHI dug in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Liberia starting in 2005 are still functioning, still producing year-round water, and are still biologically clean.
In 2016, WHI drilled 134 new wells, conducted well rehabilitation where needed, and continued to provide fresh water for rural health care centers, benefitting over 90,000 people in five countries. With this progress, WHI celebrates a total of 1,159 total wells drilled and more than 800,000 men, women and children with access to clean water!