"If we had clean water in our village, it would be as if we were living in the middle of paradise!"

The village is already full of life and laughter, but the residents of Tombohuaun are particularly excited, can you tell? 

This winter, they’re going to get clean water for the first time ever. A moment that can happen for hundreds more communities in Sierra Leone and around the world if we all pull together. 

The people living in Tombohuaun have been through a lot. Civil war, Ebola and the day-to-day struggle of life with only dirty water to drink and no decent toilets. 

You’ll see the difference your donation can make when the village is transformed. And until the clean water arrives, everywhere you look in the village, you’ll meet people determined to live life to the full.  

Village life

Tombohuaun is a village you won't find on a map; a community who spend most of their time fishing and farming, and having fun whenever they can.

WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence

Laugh along with Nancy and Lucy, cousins, best of friends and makers of mischief. Share the wisdom of the oldest resident, Hawa Joe, who says it how she sees it.

You can't have missed Matu, the life and soul of the village (that's her leading the dancing in the photo). And be inspired by Kempah, who leads the younger members of the community to improve village life for the good of everyone.

Lucy, 5, left, and Nancy, 5, best friends and cousins, with their homemade dolls in the village of Tombohuaun. Although Nancy is a year older than Lucy, she is a head shorter; Nancy's father thinks her stunted growth is due to dirty water. Kailahun District, Sierra Leone, May 2017.
WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence

Untapped

Look around you. Tombohuaun is already a special place but so much potential lies untapped. With clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, anything will be possible.

"I like to play with my best friend Lucy. If I didn’t have to get water, I would play with my friends all day."
Nancy, 6, Tombohuaun
Nancy Smart, 6, collects dirty water from a natural spring, the water source for the community of Tombohuaun. Though a year older than her cousin Lucy, Nancy is a head shorter. Her father says her stunted growth is due to the dirty water. Nancy also recently lost her five year old sister due to this water. Kailahun District, Sierra Leone, May 2017. WaterAid/Joey Lawrence

What will Matu call you?

Matu welcomes everyone to the village with a nickname to match their personality.

Matu, 40, the life and soul of the village of Tombohuaun. She is a traditional birth attendant and plays an important role within the women's society. Most of Matu's children are living in other villages. Matu herself suffers from very bad health, she has stomach problems caused by the water, and also headaches from a fever and ear infection she had five years ago. Kailahun District, Sierra Leone, May 2017. WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence

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Immerse yourself in the world of Tombohuaun.

Mamie Yajah, 20, holds her baby Musu Mustapha, 11 months, as she shows the way to a natural spring, the dirty water source for the village of Tombohuaun, Kailahun District, Sierra Leone, May 2017. WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence

Donate to Untapped

Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene can change everything for communities.

Matta Saffah, 27, collects dirty water from a natural spring in the village of Tombohuaun. Everyone in the village has experienced persistent problems with worms, diarrhoea and vomiting as a result of drinking this water. Kailahun District, Sierra Leone, May 2017. WaterAid/ Joey Lawrence