Ekikagate III Community



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Country:
Uganda

Program:
Wells for Uganda

GPS:
Latitude -0.24
Longitude 30.70

Impact:
225 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…

Community Details
When the team arrived, 45 families including a local Ekikgate II Pentecostal Church were dependent on various forms of surface water to sustain their immediate and growing water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, families were suffering from diarrhea and severe dehydration among other preventable water related illnesses. There are community health workers serving in the community who are working to better community health outcomes. Most residents are of Protestant, Catholic or Muslim faith and the local church will help continue to cultivate believers by using the provision of safe drinking water to share the good news. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible, supplied any materials they had available and guarded the team’s equipment. This water committee is also responsible for helping maintain the well after the team leaves the area.

Hygiene Promotion
Upon arrival in Ekikagate III Community, the Living Water team conducted a baseline survey to better determine lessons to teach and to better monitor hygiene lessons learned. Following a community baseline survey, a feedback meeting was held with community members, triggering drawing up of a sanitation improvement action plan. Joint home improvement verification visits were done with local leaders. During the hygiene education, and using a Community Led Total Sanitation approach the following principle hygiene issues were addressed: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission and prevention, how to maintain proper care of the pump, as well as signs and symptoms of dehydration and how to make Oral Rehydration Solution. All of these lessons are taught in a participatory method to help community members discover ways to improve their hygiene and sanitation choices, and implement community driven solutions. After they hygiene education the community constructed tippy taps for single household use and a pit latrine with a slab.

Community Member Interview
The team had an opportunity to meet with 48 year old community member and subsistence farmer, Patrick, who stated, “For a long time, we really suffered not only from diseases related to drinking dirty water, but also walking very long distances hunting for potable water. We thank God for bringing Living Water Uganda to our rescue. I strongly believe that our community will become more productive.”


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Recent Project Updates


04/28/2014: Ekikagate III Project Complete

We are excited to report that the project to build a new well in Ekikagate III in Uganda is complete.  The new well, together with training in sanitation and hygiene, will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the community.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.   Take a look, and Thank You for your help.


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Ekikagate III, Western Kiruhura, Uganda
ProjectID: 6043
Install Date:  04/28/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 10/20/2015
Well Depth:  236.00M

Visit History:
01/15/2015 — Functional
03/15/2015 — Functional
06/25/2015 — Functional
10/20/2015 — Functional




Country Details

Uganda

Population: 27 million
Lacking clean water: 36%
Below poverty line: 37%

Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.