A Year Later: Byebega-Kirisa Community

December, 2018

Kimari Night’s mother didn’t let her fetch water from the open water source due to concern about snakes, but now she lets Kimari get water from the nearby well any time she wants.

A Year Later: Byebega-Kirisa Community

A year ago, your generous donation enabled us to dig a well for Byebega-Kirisa Community in Uganda. The contributions of incredible monthly donors and others giving directly to The Water Promise allow our local teams to visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the water project over time. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – and we’re excited to share this one from local team member Olive Kamusiime with you.

The community used to fetch water from an open source – an abandoned sand mine. During the rainy season the water became turbid and the water was completely unusable. However, with the construction of this new water well, the community is very happy because they now they have access to safe and clean water in the village.

The community is proud to have a water point.  People can now fetch water at any time and no longer have to worry about traveling to the open and unsafe mine source. It is so convenient that children now often help their parents get water. We spoke with Mary Atugonza, who reported that cases of diarrheal diseases have declined since the completion of the project – likely the result of access to safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation.

Construction of the well is only one step along the journey toward sustainable access to clean water. The Water Project is committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by donors like you, allows us to maintain our relationships with communities by visiting up to 4 times each year to ensure that the water points are safe and reliable.

This is just one of the many ways that we monitor projects and communicate with you. Additionally, you can always check the functionality status and our project map to see how all of our water points are performing, based on our consistent monitoring data.

One project is just a drop in the bucket towards ending the global water crisis, but the ripple effects of this project are truly astounding. This project in Byebega-Kirisa is changing many lives.

Bridget Tumusiime a community pupil at the well

Kimari Night is a 14-year-old girl who lives in the community. She said that she can now fetch a total of four jerrycans of water after school since the water point is near her home. Before, her mother did not let her to go to the open water point because it was a habitat for snakes. So she used to walk up to the neighboring village to get water.

That danger is all in the past.

This is only possible because of the web of support and trust built between The Water Project, our local teams, the community, and you. We are excited to stay in touch with this community and support their journey with safe water.

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