Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 340 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Nov 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 03/12/2024

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Community Profile

The main water point in Kyalikanjeru, an unprotected dug well, is contaminated. The well is also difficult for Kyalikanjeru's 350 people to access because of the far distance, which forces some people to walk up to an hour each way to collect water.

The only other options for the community are a defunct well that community members can no longer use and several muddy, dirty, open pools of water.

The well is also overcrowded. And, after waiting in long lines to collect water, people still face health-related issues such as stomachaches, headaches, and typhoid from drinking the dirty water.

Beatrice Nyamahunge, 55, shown collecting water in the photo below, was asked how the current water situation affects her personally. She said, "The water source is really far. Once you send a child at around 8:00 a.m., they tend to come back home at 12:00 p.m. This affects their feeding time and children's concentration on books, as most of the time is spent fetching water."

Adults and children are missing out on valuable time to focus on other important tasks like increasing their livelihood and attending school.

John H., age 11, shown carrying water in the photo below, was asked about how the current water situation affects him. He said, "The reason I go to the water point is to collect water for bathing, washing my clothes, and cooking. But, whenever I go to the water point, sometimes I find very many people and [I] am not able to collect enough water to wash my clothes and uniforms. This makes me go to school with dirty uniforms, and sometimes the teachers force me back home to wash my uniforms, hence missing school, and this has affected my academic performance in the long run."

It's time for those who live in Kyalikanjeru to have quick access to safe, clean water that they can rely on each day.

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'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

November, 2022: Kyalikanjeru Community Borehole Well Complete!

A new borehole well drilled in Kyalikanjeru 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.

"Having reliable access to this water point will enable me to do all my domestic activities like washing clothes, cooking food, and cleaning my home [on] time," said 25-year-old housewife Sarah Nyangoma. "This water point has reduced the long distance I used to walk to collect water, which caused several [instances of] domestic violence in our home. I am happy we are now living happily."

Sarah in front of the new well.

Sarah continued: "I am currently one of the active members in our saving group, and I plan to accumulate my savings, after which I will start up a small business since I now have enough time, as compared to before when I would waste a lot of it collecting water and also support my husband with the brick-making project to construct our new house. This will help us develop economically as a family."

"This water point will enable me to help my parents to collect water since it's located nearer to our home," said eight-year-old Denis M. "[I will] also be able to wash my clothes and bathe regularly."

Denis at the well.

Denis continued: "I plan to help my mother and my other sisters to fetch water since the borehole is near our home and also begin going to school very early since we now collect water by evening time as compared to those days when we would wake up very early and first go to collect water before going to school."

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!


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.


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!

September, 2022: Kyalikanjeru Community Well Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Kyalikanjeru 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 Type

Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!

A Year Later: Accessible Water Improves Health!

December, 2023

A year ago, your generous donation helped the Kyalikanjeru Community in Uganda access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Johnson. Thank you!

Keeping The Water Promise

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This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Kyalikanjeru Community maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

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Johnson T., 10, recalled what life was like in the Kyalikanjeru Community before his community's well was installed last year.

"I used to fetch water from a village called Kyarubanga. They made my parents pay a lot of money, and after [they] chased me away without water, which made me feel bad and ashamed. The distance was also very long, about 1.5 km, and [I] started feeling chest pain because of carrying water for a very long distance. I would always rush to come back from school to collect water, making me miss class sometimes. This would affect my school performance," Johnson shared.

Collecting water is now less stressful for Johnson and the other community members in the Kyalikanjeru Community.

"I feel good because the water is very near. I can even fetch water more than four times a day because the distance is very short. My health has also improved because I no longer carry water for a long distance. I can also get enough time to do my school work," he continued.

Having ready access to water from the well has made a difference for Johnson, allowing him to not spend long, painful hours collecting water. He can now go to school on time and study when needed.

"[I'm] planning always to fetch water on time to create enough time for my school work, and I believe this will improve my performance," Johnson concluded.

Johnson collecting water.

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