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The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Getting A Drink
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Dedication At The Water Source
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Dedication At The Water Source
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  People Celebrating At The Water Point
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  People Celebrating At The Water Point
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  People Celebrating At The Water Source
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Splashing
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Washing
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Marvin
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Marvin
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Marvin
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Marvin Collecting Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Teopista
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Teopista Nyamungu
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Installation Materials
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Borehole Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Borehole Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Borehole Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Borehole Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Borehole Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Borehole Drilling And Development
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Platforms
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Platforms
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Platforms
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Platforms
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Platforms
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Test Pumping And Casting Of The Platforms
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Installation Pictures
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Installation Pictures
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Pump Installation Pictures
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Tippy Tap For Hand Washing
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Mariam Cooking
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Latrine
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Latrine
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Latrine
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Landscape
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Landscape
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Kitchen
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Mariam Sorting Beans
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Mariam Carrying Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Landscape
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Mwesigwa
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Latrine
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Compound
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Kitchen
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Child Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Dishrack
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Mwesigwa Collecting Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Latrine
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Mariam Nakimula
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Water Source
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Mwesigwa Collecting Water
The Water Project: Murro Kinyamutamba Community -  Household Kitchen

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

Murro Kinyamutamba is near Kinyara Sugarcane Factory, where most community members work doing casual labor or sell their crops of sugarcane. Other local produce grown in this region is maize, beans, cassava, various vegetables, and groundnuts (peanuts).

This community relies on the water they can collect from open sources like scoop holes at the local swamp or a pipe haphazardly coming out of the dirt and clay of a nearby pool of water to meet their daily needs. Both animals and humans contaminate the water, and community members’ health is at risk. Monkeys, snakes, and other animals wander throughout the swamp, and children swim and bathe near the watering holes.

Enok Mwesigwa, a local community member, shared how he and other men of the community participate in the water collection process. “To access water in this village is very stressing. The men normally wake up by 5:00 am in the morning to collect water. At this time the water has settled and [is] not overcrowded.”

The alternative water choices for the community are roof catchments (only during the rainy season) or traveling a long distance to neighboring villages to use their existing wells.

Mariam Nakimula, a local housewife, shared how the current water situation affects her: “Each time I go to collect water, I find the children have already played in it, and it’s very dirty. This really annoys me since I have to take some time and wait for the water to settle before I can go ahead to scoop clean water. Besides, it’s also very risky to send our children to collect water since we feel they can easily drown.”

This community needs a safe, clean, accessible water source to meet their needs and allow them to focus their time and energy on making progress in their daily 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


06/23/2022: Murro Kinyamutamba Community Well Complete!

A new borehole well drilled in Murro Kinyamutamba 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.

"I used to move long distances and collect water from an unprotected source where we were sharing with animals. This would put our health at risk. My nine-year-old girl would always complain of stomachache and diarrhea," said Teopista Nyamungu, a 48-year-old housewife. Teopista shared that health issues resulted in her daughter's growth being stunted, so she spent a lot of money on medication.

Teopista (in blue) celebrating at the well.

Now that Teopista has access to water, she has plans that should help. "I plan to establish a backyard garden where I will plant vegetables and this water will help in the maintenance of the garden, especially in [the] dry season. This will help me and my family improve nutrition and ensure a balanced diet."

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!

Installing the pump.

Ten-year-old Marvin K. said, "I'm planning to help my grandmother fetch enough water, help in cleaning the house, and wash [cooking] utensils."

Marvin.

Having accessible water means Marvin can also have drinking water, cook food even when his grandmother is not around, wash clothes, and bathe. He is especially looking forward to going to school with clean uniforms.

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.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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05/02/2022: Murro Kinyamutamba Community Well Project Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Murro Kinyamutamba 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

2021 Holiday Matching Gifts
92 individual donor(s)