Upon completion of the project, our implementing partner reported...
The people of the village of Ntungamo depend on farming and subsistence agriculture for their livelihood. When the LWI Uganda team arrived, community members were utilizing an unprotected hand dug well located two kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this families were left suffering from malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Uganda team was pleased to hear that the community utilizes covered latrine pits which will help prevent further spread of diseases in the area. During the teams’ stay, a water committee consisting of twelve men and five women made food for the team. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of 1000 shillings per household 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, Ling Water International engages communities to help in planning managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. The primary school is located within the community and now 178 students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean water. LWI also provided community member, Mr. Batungure with a LWI Uganda contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. In an effort to ensure project sustainability, LWI program staff is also responsible for visiting the well site annually.
The LWI Uganda team had the opportunity to meet with twenty-six year old, teacher, Ms. Alice, Atukunda, who stated, "I feel so happy for this bore hole and I feel honored, (small as we are) that you considered our school to be among the schools who received this opportunity to have clean water; is a miracle to me, because I have never thought such a big thing could happen to us. We have suffered for so long having to use dirty water from the dam. Imagine sharing the same source with the animals. The owner of the dam dug it for his cows to drink but that is the water we have been using all along! We are saved by Living water to solve the problem of water, this gives me hope that God is still doing a lot of things for us, He has not forgotten us at all we are still His people."
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.
06/08/2012: Another School With Clean Water In Uganda
We are excited to report that a new well is delivering clean water to the Rwabaraata Community School, Ntungamo, Uganda! We have just posted an update from the field including new pictures and GPS coordinates
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.
A new well for a school in Uganda
Project Type: Hand Pumped Well
Location: Rwabaraata Community School, Uganda