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The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People At Water Point
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People At Water Point
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People At Water Point
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Celebrating Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Drinking And Splashing
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Drinking And Splashing
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Drinking And Splashing
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  People Drinking And Splashing
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Fred At The Well
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Fred Pumping Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Moreen
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Moreen At The Well
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Moreen Pumping Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Moreen Fetching Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Apron
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Apron
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Apron
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Installation Of The Pump Parts
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Installation Of The Pump Parts
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Installation Of The Pump Parts
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Installation Of The Pump Parts
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Apron
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Apron
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Apron
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Farming
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Alima Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Shafik And Alima Scooping
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Shafik Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Shafik Scooping Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Shafik Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Shafik Scooping
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Scooping Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Alima Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Farming
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Alima Carrying Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Alima Hefting Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Alima Fetching Water
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Shafik
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Landscape
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Landscape
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Shafik Starting Journey
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Alima
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Kitchen Outside
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Woman And Latrine
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Cooking
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Sorting Maize
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Woman Preparing Food
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Compound
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Children In Yard
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Households
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Cooking
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Compound
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Compound
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Yard
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Households
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Rwensororo Community 2 -  Kitchen

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 586 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

Rwensororo Village has only one water point situated over three kilometers away: at least a half-hour walk each way for the village’s 586 people.

Due to the long distance, community members sometimes opt for open water sources and scoopholes to access water for domestic purposes. These water sources are shared with animals and snakes, which is very risky to access, especially for children. These makeshift sources also tend to dry up during drought seasons.

The reported health consequences of using these water sources are stomach aches, headaches, and skin disorders. The children look malnourished. But Rwensororo’s people have no better options.

This community is made up of casual labor migrants from the West Nile region of Uganda. They are isolated, never having received any government intervention or help. There are no nearby facilities like schools or churches.

Alima, a widow and a mother of six children, was asked how the current situation affects her. She is pictured below fetching water. “Due to the long distance we have to walk to collect water, there is a lot of delays and time wasted, which has led to higher levels of domestic violence within the community. When we send the children to collect water, sometimes they refuse to go due to the long distance they have to walk.”

A 13-year-old boy named Shafik told us that his main role at home is to collect water. “The challenges I have encountered are the long distances I have to walk to the water source, congestion where we children are denied access before the elder ones, and, above all, sometimes I am forcefully sent to collect water even when I am sick.”

We need to provide access to safe and clean water in this community. This will motivate the community to improve on their sanitation and hygiene practices and reduce the long distances they move to access drinking water.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

New Borehole

This new borehole is an exciting opportunity for this community! We work with the community to determine the best possible sites for this well.

We conducted a hydrogeological survey and the results indicated the water table is an ideal candidate for a borehole well. Due to a borehole well’s unique ability to tap into a safe, year-round water column, it will be poised to serve all of the water needs for this community, even through the dry months.

Community members will help collect the needed construction materials such as sand, rocks, and water for mixing cement. They will also provide housing and meals for the work team, in addition to providing local laborers. We will complement their materials by providing an expert team of artisans and drilling professionals, tools, hardware, and the hand-pump. Once finished, water from the well will then be used by community members for drinking, handwashing, cooking, cleaning, and much more.

Training

Training’s main objectives are the use of latrines and observing proper hygiene practices since these goals are inherently connected to the provision of clean water. Open defecation, water storage in unclean containers and the absence of hand-washing are all possible contaminants of a household water supply. Each participating village must achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by one latrine per household) prior to the pump installation for this borehole well.

This social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) to each village. The CDO encourages each household to build an ideal homestead that includes: a latrine, a handwashing facility, a separate structure for animals, a rubbish pit and a drying rack for dishes.

We also implement the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners. This aims 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 the practice of 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 them, and demand that other households do the same.

Improved Sanitation

The aim is that all households own an improved latrine. Many households do not use a latrine but use the bush. Due to open defecation, feces are spread all over the village. This leads to waterborne diseases and contamination of groundwater and surface water. Our aim is that the community is able to live a healthy life free of preventable diseases. We endeavor that at the end of our presence in the community, people will have both access to sustainable, clean water and access to sanitation. We have now organized families to form digging groups for latrine construction, and empowered them with tools to use.

Project Updates


06/23/2022: Rwensororo Community Well Complete!

A new borehole well drilled in Rwensororo Community, Uganda is already providing community members with clean, safe water! Additionally, we hosted a training where community members worked together to make a development action plan for their area. As a result, families are working to build new sanitation and hygiene facilities, tools, and habits that will help improve their living standards and enable a healthier life.

Celebrating clean water!

"I'm very grateful for this borehole because, from today onwards, I will have enough clean water for washing my clothes, for cooking, and drinking," said Moreen Kyalisiima, a 33-year-old housewife.

Moreen pumping water.

"My children and I will no longer move long distances looking for water and will reduce the time we have been using going to the water point. This is going to help me have enough time for my garden work [and] thus have enough food for my family."

New Borehole

We worked with the community to determine the best possible site to drill this new well. We confirmed the site's eligibility by conducting a hydrogeological survey, which proves that the water table belowground is at a sustainable level before drilling begins.

Several households volunteered to host our team of drilling technicians, giving them a place to sleep and food to eat throughout their work. Many community members also came to the work site each day to watch the drilling and see the well come to life.

When it came time to build the cement well pad, community members found fine sand and water to mix the cement. After the cement platform dried, we installed a stainless steel Consallen pump, which is now flowing with clean, safe water!

Excited about flowing water!

"Since the water point is near, I will be in [a] position to fetch enough water on time for my mother so that meals are prepared on time," said Fred M., 12.

Fred pumps for those collecting water.

"I plan to start fetching enough for my mother so that I'm able to clean the [kitchen] utensils and [my school] uniforms on time and spare some [time] for playing."

Training

The self-help group associated with the project was set up and began training in advance of selecting this project.

The first training session focused on financial planning. We mobilized the community through a series of meetings that sensitized them on the importance and purpose of saving. This included meetings dedicated to creating a community profile, where participants map the physical environment and stakeholders in their own community. We also ran a participatory vulnerability capacity assessment exercise. In this session, community members mapped out their shared risks and opportunities, including the water point breaking down.

Participants learning. This is a representative photo from a similar Self-Help Group training in Uganda.

Next, we scheduled the savings group training date with the community. We planned for a one-day training to form the savings group and discuss the best practices for maintaining and managing it.

We worked with the community to establish a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) and a water user committee. The savings group set up a fund to provide small loans to each other and another fund they will use to pay for any repairs to the well if an issue arises. The group also agreed on a social fund that will provide grants to fellow group members and help them with funeral expenses or catastrophes such as fire damage. Our teams will provide follow-up training to support putting the savings group into practice while also offering continuous coaching in records management.

Participant engagement is key. This is a representative photo from a similar Self-Help Group training in Uganda.

Additional training sessions will happen in the near future focused on hygiene and sanitation at the personal, household, community, and environmental levels. In collaboration with the community facilitator and local leaders, we will train households on critical hygiene and sanitation facilities to build. These include latrines, dish racks, refuse pits, handwashing facilities, and bathing shelters. Our teams monitor these facilities’ construction while helping the community learn how to best use and care for them.

Finally, we will lead an additional training for local artisans to teach them how to fabricate and sell locally used and accepted sanitation products that allow for more hygienic and accessible latrines.

Just as with the financial training, we will continue to support the community in their sanitation and hygiene progress through monitoring visits. In addition, we will offer follow-up assistance and refresher training to ensure community members follow through in building their new facilities and developing new habits.

Conclusion

This project required a substantial collaboration between our staff, our partners, and the community members themselves. When an issue arises concerning the well, the group members are equipped with the necessary skills to rectify the problem and ensure the water point works appropriately. However, if the issue is beyond their capabilities, they can contact our field officers to assist them.

Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. We have an ongoing commitment to walk with each community, cooperatively problem-solving when they face water challenges of any kind: with functionality, seasonality, or water quality. With all these components together, we strive to ensure enduring access to reliable, clean, and safe water for this community.

With your contribution, one more piece has been added to a large puzzle of water projects. In our target areas, we’re working toward complete coverage of reliable, maintained water sources within a 30-minute round trip for each community, household, school, and health center. With this in mind, search through our upcoming projects to see which community you can help next!

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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05/02/2022: Rwensororo Community New Well Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Rwensororo Community drains people’s time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the introduction and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation, and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with more good news!


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Project Photos


Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Contributors

3 individual donor(s)