TABLE OF CONTENTS
2.0 BACKGROUND ON SIERRA LEONE
3.0 VILLAGE OF BAOMA
5.0 EXISTING BAOMA WATER
6.0 IDENTIFIED WATER SUPPLY PROBLEMS
7.0 WATER SUPPLY
10.0 NATURAL SIGHTS FROM BAOMA
Some time ago I
was asked by the faculty advisor to the Penn State University (PSU)
Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) if I would help the EWB
Chapter with water resource issues, since I'm a practicing geologist and
hydrogeologist. The faculty
advisor is a fiddle-player and a personal friend, and I was glad to
offer my help.
In December 2011
the PSU EWB Chapter travelled
to Sierra Leone to the
of Baoma, which is located on
the outskirts of the capital city of
The Covenant Preparatory School
had previously been identified through the international referral
service of the Engineers Without Borders organization as needing a
latrine for its 60 students, and PSU EWB sought to help.
During a previous assessment trip to Baoma, the PSU EWB Chapter
had also identified water resource issues as being critically
important to the
and to the entire village
Baoma, so the December
2011 trip had a major component dedicated to water resource issues.
Water collection at the
Habbour Spring Children in the Covenant
The first day in
Baoma I met Pastor Martin Simbo and his wife Jane, principals of the
Pastor Martin explained that the location for the EWB latrine
project had changed from 2010 because it is no longer possible for the
school to rent the land upon which the school was located.
I stood at the new
school site talking with Pastor Martin, looking out over the village,
and thoughts went through my head of solicitations that I had seen in
the past seeking money for humanitarian projects and to which I had the
reaction "I wonder how much of each dollar spent actually goes to
benefit the people ?". The
new school project and improvements to the village water system are two
projects for which 100 percent of donations go directly to work, with no
administrative fees or other non-direct uses.
More about donations later.
decided to use this portion of the Yellowstone Jewelry website to
publicize the school and water projects in Baoma.
The rest of this section presents information on
and Baoma, and will be updated to include progress on the school and
water supply projects.
oad from Freetown to Baoma
Covenant School early January 2012
* New school site
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"Water Na Life" means "Water Is Life" in the
Krio Language; sign at the Garden Spring
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Background on Sierra Leone