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The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -
The Water Project: Jeeja I Bahati Hand Dug Well -

Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 150 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2015

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 04/02/2019

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Community Profile

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).


Jeeja I Bahati village is located along the Kampala-Gulu highway in Kigya parish, Kigumba sub-county, Kiryandongo district, whose residents depend entirely on farming with maize and cassava being the most commonly grown crops. This village has a small trading center with small retail shops and small bars that sell the locally brewed alcohol, to which residents flock every evening. During our interaction with the community, we realized that residents of this village don’t have any safe water point within the village and also don’t wash their hands after defecating in the bush since many of them lack latrines and hand washing facilities. The major source of water among residents of this village is a swamp which is said to be contaminated by feaces which residents spread  due to open defecation.

Mrs Rwolekya Royce (64 years), a large scale farmer of this village, told our social team that her fellow residents had been mobilized to collect a trip of sand, 2000 bricks and a trip of aggregates. She also pledged to host and feed the technician who will construct a shallow hand dug well in this village. This is happening because the village chairman wrote an application letter for partnership.

There will be an intensive program to provide access to clean water and sanitation in this village. The community will participate in excavating and constructing the water source. 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 village and contaminate open water sources. 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.


The main objectives of the Sanitation and Hygiene Program are the use of latrines and to observe 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. We leverage 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, helps us work towards sustainable, interdisciplinary WASH development.

The 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, a separate structure for animals, and a drying rack for dishes.

Community Led Total Sanitation

We implement the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners. The CLTS session’s aim is 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 the 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


July 1, 2015

Today we delivered Technician Christopher and his helper to site. We also selected a suitable location for the project and excavation work commenced. The community has pledged total support until the end of the project.

July 13, 2015

Christopher and the community have excavated up to the water table 24 feet deep. We are now waiting for community contribution of locally available materials like sand, bricks aggregates and clay.

July 25, 2015

Due to poor recharge, excavation has continued up-to 37 feet and will continue until a sustainable water column is realized to mitigated the poor recharge. The community contribution of materials has also bee delivered and their participation is good.

July 31, 2015

Excavation is presently 54 feet and and the water column is 24 feet. The community has not lost focus and have continued to lend a hand in pursuit of a protected water source.

August 8, 2015

Excavation work has been concluded after reaching 60 feet deep. The technician on site is now bricking up the well and all extra materials due to the well depth have been delivered.

August 9, 2015

Due to the depth of this well, 4000 extra bricks and  2 trips of sand have been delivered on site and masonry work is progressing smoothly. A water column of 31 feet will counter the poor recharge rate and therefore the pump will always have enough water to discharge.

August 18, 2015

All masonry work at this site has been concluded! The well was also chlorinated, washed and covered to cure as we arrange for its installation.

September 10, 2015

Our pumps have arrived and now one is installed in Jeeja! The community is happy with their new clean water and committed to caring for the water point.

Project Updates

10/14/2015: Jeeja I Bahati Well Installed and Working

We are very excited to report that, after a lot of hard work, Jeeja I Bahati has a new source of safe, clean water. After digging to a depth of 60 feet, the well has been completed and the pump is delivering safe, cold water to the community. We’re sure everyone thinks the work was worth it!

We are still expecting a few more pictures from our partner in the field, but we have updated the project page with the latest details, including pictures of clean water flowing.

Thank you so much for working with us to unlock potential!

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10/02/2015: Waiting For News From Jeeja I Bahati

We remain so thankful for your support! Our last update shared some of the challenges faced with the implementation of this project.  Like you, we believe in work done right – so thank you for your patience.  We expect reporting to come in the next few weeks, and have made an adjustment to the final date to reflect when we believe final reporting will be available. Thank you for your support of this community!

We just added a new video to the project page showing part of the work involved in creating this new clean water source. Take a look!

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09/11/2015: Lots Of Work But Great Progress At Jeeja I Bahati

Just like you, we have been eager to see the project at Jeeja I Bahati in Uganda finished.  Due to the work that has been required, this has taken longer than expected, but the project is nearing completion. The well has now been dug to a depth of 60 feet! Can you imagine digging to that depth with nothing but hand tools? But clean water is definitely worth the effort. We just added some new progress details to the project page about the depth and how many bricks it takes to case a well so deep. Imagine the joy and relief it will be for this community when the well is finished and clean water is flowing.

Thank you for your patience. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear that the project is complete.

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08/20/2015: Jeeja I Bahati Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Jeeja I Bahati will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A new hand dug well is being constructed and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted an initial report including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.

We’ll keep you posted as the project continues. Thank you for your help!

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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.


Project Sponsor - Jonah Development Corp., the Schneiders