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The people of the village of Enkondo depend on subsistence farming for their livelihood. When the LWI Uganda team arrived community members were utilizing an unprotected spring located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were left suffering from typhoid, malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Uganda team was pleased to hear the community utilizing covered latrine pits which will help to prevent further spread of diseases in the area. During the teams’ stay a water committee consisting of six men and two women made food for the team. The water committee is also responsible for collecting a well maintenance fee of 1000 Ugandan Shillings per household every three months to help sustain the community's water source. In keeping with our Strategic Plan launched in January of 2011, LWI's plan is to train communities to maintain water projects for sustainability. If communities slip back into a situation where they must rely on unimproved water sources, our donors' investment is compromised. To help prevent this occurrence, Living Water International engages communities to help in planning, managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. The nearest school is located two kilometers away from the community and now students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean drinking water. Before leaving the community the LWI Uganda team provided community member Nuwagaba Innocent with a LWI contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.
The LWI Uganda team had the opportunity to meet with sixty-five year old, farmer, Owembabazi Joy, who stated, "Am glad that this borehole is constructed near me so I will no longer need to move so far downhill to fetch water. I am now old I don’t have the strength anymore but God had a plan for me, He knew about this and He had fixed it for me!"
During the hygiene education, the LWI Uganda team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions.
07/17/2012: A New Well Completed In Uganda
We are excited to report that the village of Enkondo, Uganda, has a new source of fresh, clean water. We have just posted a report from the field including GPS coordinates and pictures
Population: 27 million
Nearly 20 years ago, we set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.
For all practical purposes, these statistics refer to the same people; around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.
In response to this need, we implement participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since we started, we’ve completed water projects for 7,000 communities in 26 countries.
It all began in 1990, when a group from Houston, Texas traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for clean drinking water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, and LWI Kenya began operations the next year under the direction of a national board.
That pattern continues today; we train, consult, and equip local people to implement solutions in their own countries.
Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, we also lead hundreds of volunteers on mission trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of nationals, to implement water projects. It’s hard to know which lives are changed more—those “serving” or those “being served.”
Our training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.
Living Water International exists to demonstrate the love of God by helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water.
With your help, fresh-water wells are being placed at schools and churches
Access to clean, safe water has a profound impact on both students and the surrounding communities. Students and community members are relieved from walking miles for water which is dirty and diseased. They have more time in class, and health improves dramatically as the children learn the importance of good hygiene and sanitation in addition to having abundant clean drinking water.
Wells change lives forever.
A new well for a Community in Uganda
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Enkondo WPA, Uganda