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The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Celebrating
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Smiles All Around
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Already In Use
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Already In Use
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Happy Community
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Happy For Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Sarah Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Sarah Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Smiling Faces
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Rbt
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Rbt
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Rbt
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Rbt
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Drilling
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Building Well Pad
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Casting Platform
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Mixing Cement
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Well Pad Construction
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Yield Test
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Clotheslines
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Clotheslines
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Household Latrine
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Sources
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Sources
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Taking A Rest
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Taking A Rest
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Animal Pens
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Animal Pens
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Animal Pens
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Animal Pen
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Animal Pen
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Gardens
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Dish Rack
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The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Household Compound
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Sources
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Water Sources
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Drying Beans
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Household Latrine
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  John Lifting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  John Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  John Walking Home
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Beatrice Moving Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Beatrice Moving Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  John H
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  John H
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Beatrice Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Child Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Child Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Beatrice Nyamahunge
The Water Project: Kyalikanjeru Community -  Beatrice

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

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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

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


11/15/2022: 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!

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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09/20/2022: 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

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

Project Sponsor - TGB Caring with Crypto