Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Apr 2012

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Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports from the field…

Kikoko village is located in Makulubita Sub County, in Luwero District. The District Lies amid Latitude 2 degrees North of the Equator, and between longitude 32 and 33 east. Luwero was the site of a brutal insurgency by the rebel National Resistance Army and a brutal counter-insurgency by the government of Milton Obote, known as “the guerilla war” that left many thousands of people dead during the early to mid-1980s. The area affected by the war has come to be known as the Luwero triangle and still struggles from the effects to this day. To locate Kikoko village we had to Liaise with the sub county LC III Chairperson and health Inspector who identified Kikoko as one of the poorly served villages in terms of safe water coverage and sanitation standards.

You have to go through 2 steep valleys before you reach Kikoko village, the village has 90 households with a population of 550 people. There was only one protected source located over 3km away from where Kikoko well is being constructed. Currently. this protected source is not functioning because it dried up and it’s now 6 years since it stopped working and the whole community has been drawing water from the un protected water ponds scattered in their village for that time. Agriculture is the main economic activity for this community which involves crop and animal husbandry. The agriculture is more of subsistence in nature with more emphasis put on growing Matooke, Maize, cassava and beans and keeping of local chickens and cattle as household source of food and income for their children’s fees and other basic demands.

[GPS coordinates for this project are approximate.]

Project Updates

04/04/2012: Kikoko Community Well Completed

The new well for the Kikoko Community in Uganda has been completed.  Our implementing partner reports from the field with pictures…

13th March 2012 – we went to Kikoko village for installation of the well. The community was informed a day before and were there waiting for us, among the people present were the LC1 chairperson of the village and the chairperson of the newly formed water user committee. We were able to install the well successfully and the community was so grateful for all the effort put in to ensure that the whole process of construction of the source is a success. Immediately after installation the community started collecting water and were very excited about the quality of water from the well and the short distance traveled to access this water . One mother confessed that they are no longer going to worry about their children collecting water since the well is now so near their homes compared to the traditional well that used to be about far away and the children had to go through the bushes to reach it. After the installation we then sensitised the community about the proper use and maintenance of this well emphasizing proper financial collection and accountability to ensure sustainability of the water source. A quick household survey was carried out to monitor the progress of the sanitation promotion and we realised that people had responded well and those that had not completed putting up hygiene and sanitary structures were given deadlines to complete the work. We shall review that information in the final post-intervention survey.

The Water Project : 6982202575_9799e905da_c

03/12/2012: Kikoko Well Construction Underway

Our implementing partner has submitted the following updates on the Kikoko Well Project…

25th Jan. 2012 – A planning meeting was held with the community to try and develop a work plan with the community on how we were going to construct a safe water source for them. We had to clearly allocate roles to each stakeholder, the community who are the beneficiaries, the local leaders and Busoga Trust as an organisation. In this meeting ,we also had to decide on the position where the water source will be constructed. The meeting was concluded with emphasis on full participation of every community member and a water user committee was elected to oversee the success of the project

8th Feb. 2012 – The selected water user committee was trained in mobilising their fellow community members to take part in the well construction, improvement household hygiene and sanitation and also financial skills of collecting and accounting for the received funds. The technician was delivered on site to begin work.

16th Feb. 2012 – on Thursday the socio team visited the community to make some hygiene and sanitation follow-up within the households. They also distributed hand washing jerrycans to the different households accompanied with demonstrations on how to install them and make tippy taps as well as drying racks. On the same da,y the technical supervisor visited the site and observed that community was fully participating. Excavation had reached 18ft with a water column of 4ft. all the required materials had been delivered on site. We also visited the traditional well and found children collecting water from it.

22nd Feb 2012 – we visited Kikoko village as part of the normal technical and social supervision. At the site we found when brick-lining of part of the well has just ended. The well was 20ft deep with 8ft of water per night. Part of the well had collapsed at the bottom forcing them to line it with bricks before any further digging. We also made some house to house visits to see how the community is responding towards the sanitation promotion and found many had put-up the hand washing facilities and others were improving on their latrines

1st Mar 2012 – Lydia (CDO) and Irene (intern) held a sensitisation meeting in Kikoko where demonstrations on making dish racks were carried out. The exercise started with making home visits to assess how the community is responding in terms of hygiene and sanitation practices. Later a workshop was carried out, which involved showing some members of the community how to make drying racks. Some gathered poles and others dug holes were the poles were to be placed, then the poles were cut to the right sizes and fixed together with nails and sisal ropes to make a drying rack. After the workshop, the participants were given nails and pieces of sisal ropes to go and put up their dish racks in their respective households. Construction of the well was nearing completion with construction of the apron, clearing the site and fencing remaining. The final depth of the well is 25ft with the water table being struck at 11ft, the team wanted to go deeper than 25ft to provide a larger reservoir, but due to the caving walls beyond 23ft, they were forced to cease. Nevertheless, great work upon completion.


The Water Project : 6923121437_b67b9c1281_b

Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.