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Output 1: Seventeen boreholes were manually drilled, constructed and developed at schools in Monrovia and Grand Cape Mount.
ZOA organized a training on the operation and maintenance of the hand pumps established by the eight manual drilling companies. In total, 34 persons taking care of the hand pumps at the 17 schools mentioned in table 1 (2 representatives per school) were trained on how to maintain and operate the hand pumps in a safe way. This training enhanced knowledge at schools on the provision of safe drinking water and the operation and maintenance of hand pumps contributing to the daily water provision of 5,036 school children (2,306 boys and 2,730 girls) and 6,607 beneficiaries in the surrounding communities. All 34 school representatives received a training certificate as a result of their successful participation in the theoretical and practical training sessions. The hand pump care takers at the schools are responsible for the daily operation and maintenance of the pumps. When the pump breaks down, they will repair it. The costs are being covered by households in the communities. After the pump has been repaired or after quarterly chlorination, the hand pump care takers are also responsible for collecting this money. The school children pay for the water through their school fees.
Output 2: Eight manual drilling companies capacitated through 10 days business skills and tendering training.
In total 16 persons from eight private manual drilling companies received training on business skills, quality control protocols, data management and tendering processes. In addition, the eight companies participated in individual coaching sessions at the ZOA office based on their specific needs. Two persons (supervisor and technical leader) of each of the eight manual drilling companies participated in a two-day training. During this training their bidding applications were reviewed to improve them and to enhance their knowledge on future bidding requirements. During the business skill training, presentations and plenary sessions were held for the enterprise leaders on quality control protocols, procedures and improvements in data management.
Output 3: Manual drilling quality control unit established and capacitated through training.
ZOA organized in collaboration with PRACTICA a capacity building training for government officials of three different Ministries, the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Land Mines and Energy, and the Ministry of Public Works. The training participants are involved in regulations and water quality control in the WASH sector and the aim of the training was to enhance their knowledge and skills on effective water quality controlling in Liberia. In addition, to the quality controllers of the government, three coaches from the eight manual drilling companies mentioned under output 2 were selected to participate in the quality control training.
As part of the training, one manually drilled borehole was established for the Grace Academy school in the 72nd community of Montserrado County. As such the training participants got the chance to be abreast with the various critical control points to take into account during their field monitoring visits when assessing the manually drilled boreholes and the quality of the water.