Community Water Projects

The Challenges 

According to the World Health Organization, only 1 in 4 Liberians has access to safe drinking water. Half of the population has no access to toilet facilities, making sanitation a serious problem that causes a proliferation of fast spreading diseases like Cholera. About 800 children die yearly from the outbreaks of water-borne diseases like cholera caused by unsafe water and sanitation. DKF works to install water pumps in towns,and villages across Liberia making sure vulnerable children and families have access to safe drinking water.

We believe that one of the greatest differences we can make in Liberia is in providing sustainable access to clean water to rural communities in need. As you read the real-life stories of how children and women struggled in getting water, you will understand why we are motivated in undertaking our Water Projects, and you will also discover how you can help to save and improve lives through the gift of clean water.

Abundant in rivers, rainforests, mangroves and swamps, Liberia is one of the wettest countries in the world. Yet, a large proportion of the population does not have access to clean drinking water.


There is a lack of clean water in communities across Liberia. Diseases transmitted through unclean water are a leading cause of preventable illness and premature deaths, with children being particularly vulnerable. According to the World Health Organization, nearly a million people die each year because of unsafe drinking water, with about half of those being children. In addition, during the dry season, many hours can be spent each week in transporting unclean water, by hand, from rivers and swamps to homes.

Our partnership with communities will enable us to install water pumps in cities, towns, and villages to help improve the health and well-being of families and save lives. In addition to health benefits and resulting increased productivity, the local water source will allow for a reallocation of time toward more productive activities, as well as allowing for the cultivation of vegetable crops throughout the year through irrigation. It can also provide a source of revenue that will be used to increase the quality of life in the village, including education, medical care, and access to technology.

We believe clean water will make an extraordinary difference from the very day the first bucket of water is pumped. As we work in partnership with communities it will become evident that our project isn’t just about water. It is about participatory community development, empowerment, and sustainability, all based on sharing concepts of self-reliance, economic cooperation, and proactive improvement for the common good of the community.


Clean groundwater can be obtained in communities with a hand-dug well or with a borehole well. Hand dug wells are 4-5′ wide holes in the ground that have been dug with tools to a maximum depth of 40′, then finished off by lining with concrete culverts and covering with a pad and hand pump. When the water table is too deep to reach by hand digging, a borehole is required to access clean water. Boreholes drilled deep into the ground (15 to 85+ meters) using a drilling machine, which can be hand powered or motorized with hydraulic power.

Drilling takes place in the location where the community and the drill team feels is most likely to contain underground water. After drilling the well, we equipped it with 4″ PVC pipes and lined with pea gravel for development. During the developmental stage, the borehole is cleaned of all cuttings and the water is flushed until it becomes clean. The well will then finish with a concrete pad installed over the hole, and a hand pump installed to allow clean water to be brought to the surface. We work along with professionals who have experience with boreholes and hand dug wells.


We are prepared to undertake the Community Clean Water Project; however, we cannot achieve this goal without your financial support. We pledge to our viewers and sponsors to finance as many Community Clean Water wells as possible! The process of bringing clean water to communities in Liberia, and it cost about $4,000 per community drill borehole or $3,500 per hand dug well. Any option of your choice will include:

  • Community development training focusing on economic cooperation and self-reliance
  • Hydrogeological surveying to determine the location of groundwater
  • Transport of rig and drilling of borehole or hand digging the well
  • Installation of pipes, walls, foundation and hand pump
  • Training of village water committees on how to use and maintain the pump
  • Hygiene and sanitation training
  • On-site project supervision
  • Post-installation follows up and community development training
  • All labor and materials

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