This project is a part of our shared program with The Water Trust. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).
Ayuda Wang Jamadi is a sub village of Ayuda local council I and it is located in Karuma Town board which lies one kilometer from Karuma Bridge that separates the north from western Uganda. This village is a slum with small makeshift semi permanent houses with poor sanitation facilities characterized by open defecation. There are very few households with latrines. The town is in a dry valley without any water source hence forcing settlers here to trek long distances in search of water from a small swamp at the extreme end of the village. Water from this swamp is turbid and contaminated by the runoff from the slum that curries faecal matter arising out of open defecation.
M/s Agnes Laker, the village chair person, wrote an application for a protected water source to salvage her community from water scarcity and the effects of consuming contaminated water. Residents of this village have collected all the materials that comprise of community contribution on top of providing labor to excavate the well. John Jamadi, one of the senior residents of this village has offered to host and feed both the technician and his assistant that we shall send to construct the water source in this village.
Our partner will have an intensive program to provide access to clean water and sanitation in this part of the refugee camp by providing a shallow hand-dug well. In the meantime the aim is that all households own an improved latrine. Many households do not use a latrine but use the bush. Due to the practice of open defecation, faeces are spread all over the camp. Our aim is to ensure that the community is able to live a healthy life, free of preventable waterborne diseases. We strive to work in partnership with the community to access safe clean water and improved sanitation.
HYGIENE AND SANITATION STRATEGY
The main objectives of the Sanitation and Hygiene Program are the use of latrines and observing proper hygiene practices as these goals are inherently connected to the provision of clean water. Open defecation, water storage in unclean containers and the absence of hand washing at critical times are all possible contaminates to the water supply at the household level. Our partner leverages this relationship, by requiring each participating village to achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by one latrine per household), prior to the pump installation for a shallow hand dug well. Using the immediate gratification of clean water as an impetus, our partner works toward sustainable, interdisciplinary WASH development.
The Water Trust’s social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) per village. The CDO encourages each household to build an ideal homestead that includes: a latrine with hand-washing facility, a rubbish pit, separate structure for animals, and drying rack for dishes.
Community Led Total Sanitation
The training implements the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners. Our partner facilitates a CLTS session in which we aim to improve the sanitation and hygiene practices and behaviors of a village. During these sessions, village leaders naturally emerge and push the community to realize that current practices of individual households – particularly open defecation– are not only unhealthy, but affect the entire village. CLTS facilitates a process in which community members realize the negative consequences of their current water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors and are inspired to take action. Group interactions are frequent motivators for individual households to: build latrines, use the latrines and demand that other households do the same.
November 2, 2015
Work has began at this site and the community is working closely with Bernard the technician in the excavation process.
November 11, 2015
At 14ft, water was struck! Soil formation has changed to soft and collapsing. Bernard is now using the deepening technique to manage the collapsing soils.
November 23, 2015
Excavation work has been concluded at 21ft. Bernard is now bricking up the well.
November 30, 2015
All masonry work at this site has been concluded and the well has been chlorinated and covered to cure as we plan its installation.
December 17, 2015
Today we installed the well successfully! The community took this achievement as a Christmas gift from those who made the project possible.
Thank You for helping us unlock potential!