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The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Celebrating
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Celebrating
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Celebrating
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Celebrating
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Scovia Ayanyi
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Scovia Carrying Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Steven Carrying Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Steven W
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Borehole Drilling
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Borehole Drilling
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Borehole Drilling
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Borehole Drilling
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Borehole Drilling
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Borehole Drilling
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Test Pump And Casting Aprons
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Test Pump And Casting Aprons
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Test Pump And Casting Aprons
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Test Pump And Casting Aprons
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Test Pump And Casting Aprons
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Test Pump And Casting Aprons
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Installation Pump
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Installing Pump
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Animal Pen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Chicken Pen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Chicken Pen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Rbt
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Compound
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Compound
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Cooking
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Cooking
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Crowded Well
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Farming
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Farming
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Handwashing Station
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Household
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Household
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Rbt
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Kids With Bike
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Landscape
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Landscape
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Latrine
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Line At Well
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Long Line
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Long Way Home
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Maize Silo
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Maurice Fetching Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Maurice K
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Pig In Yard
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Pig
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Queueing
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Waiting For Water
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Byerima Community 2 -  Water Storage

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jul 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

The nearest source to Byerima Community is two kilometers (1.24 miles) away. 500 people live in Byerima. For the community members who don’t own a motorcycle or bicycle, this is an unbearable distance. This means only one trip to the water source per day, splitting one 20-liter jerrycan between each family member.

When the people of Byerima do arrive at the well, they often find it crowded, as they share the water point with several other communities, which adds to the time they spend fetching. Some people reported spending two to three hours a day just collecting water.

Moses Musinguzi, a 43-year-old community member, gave us details. “The water crisis in this community has impacted a lot on our lives. As we send our children to collect water, they have encountered several accidents, and others even lost lives. Our girl children are highly affected as a result of delays at the water source, which exposes them to sexual harassments, leading to early pregnancies and school dropouts within the village.”

“Due to the long distance I have to walk to collect water, I get very tired and even developed a chest problem,” said Joan Tumwijuke, a 34-year-old housewife. “It’s now the work of my husband to collect water since I was stopped due to my medical condition. Providing a new water point will reduce the long distance we move to access water from other communities.”

Maurice, a 14-year-old boy (pictured below), told us the difficulties he has with fetching water for his family. “The fact that we do not have water in this village has highly affected my studies because I delay at the source and fail to do my homework. [I] am even sometimes beaten at school whenever I fail to complete my homework.”

The lack of water for this community means maintaining proper hygiene is nearly impossible. Although 70% of the community’s people have latrines available to use, with no water to clean them and no spare water to fill their handwashing stations, people simply go without.

Providing access to safe and clean water to this community through the construction of a new water point will motivate the community to improve on their sanitation and hygiene practices and improve many facets of their lives.

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


07/18/2022: Byerima Community Well Complete!

A new borehole well drilled in Byerima Community, Uganda is already providing community members with clean, safe water!

Celebrating clean water!

"I used to walk [a] long distance, taking more than an hour to and from the water point including queuing time to get water. Due to the time spent looking for water, it would affect my other domestic duties like cooking food [and] home care," said Scovia Ayanyi, a 29-year-old housewife. Scovia continued by explaining that since the waterpoint is now near her home, she'll finally be able to build a wall to protect her kitchen so she can prepare food even when it's raining.

Scovia pumping water.

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.

Drilling.

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!

Steven carrying water home from the well.

"I plan to be fetching enough water in the evening after classes to clean my uniforms so that in the morning I just wake up, prepare myself, and go to school," said Steven W., age 14. "This will help me improve my hygiene at school and at home because I [will be] able to wash my uniforms and bathe every day."

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 in-country teams, 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 their local field officers to assist them.

Also, we will continue to offer them unmatchable support as a part of our monitoring and maintenance program. We walk with each community, problem-solving together when they face challenges with functionality, seasonality, or water quality. Together, all these components help us strive for 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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05/24/2022: Byerima Community 2 Borehole Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Byerima 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

2 individual donor(s)