Kacwangobe Community



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Country:
Uganda

Program:
Wells for Uganda

GPS:
Latitude -0.28
Longitude 30.67

Impact:
375 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 Living Water Uganda team arrived to drill a borehole in Kacwangobe Community there were 97 families including the Kacwangobe Full Gospel Church who were dependent on a pond for all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s partial practice of open defecation, community members were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. There are community
health workers in the community who worked alongside the team in support of hygiene education and who share the common goal of bettering community health outcomes! After hygiene promotion, the community, with help from the Living Water team, constructed tippy taps and a pit latrine with a slab for single household use. There are also shared communal facilities and VIP pit latrines available in the community. The local church, who was beneficiary of the improved water source, initially engaged in the water project; working along side the team to provide Kacwangobe Community members with an improved water source! The church’s involvement with the water project opens doors for the church to continue sharing the gospel through the provision of safe drinking water. There were community members who also assisted the team with the water project, and created a water committee consisting of 5 men and 5 women to help maintain the well and manage water resources after the construction of the water project.

Since program inception in 2009, Living Water Uganda has increasingly realized the need for operation and maintenance (O&M) to improve the performance, efficiency and sustainability of the existing and future infrastructures. O&M fees collections and proper management have been emphasized enough increasing the credibility of investments made, the functioning of the services and the well being of community The implementation of O&M has a far reaching social, community, gender, financial, institutional, political, managerial and environmental impact as well. This program’s O&M approach is to equip communities to be financially capable to manage their own O&M needs, through long-term relational engagement with Living Water Uganda’s Community Engagement Program Coordinator. For this particular water source, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with the community clearly outlining their roles, responsibilities as well as the period of engagement and exit.

Hygiene Promotion

Prior to engaging community participants in hygiene education, the team conducted a behavior change assessment with 43 participants to better determine lessons to share and lessons learned / behavior changes made. The Living Water Uganda team focused behavioral change on the safe disposal of excreta, promotion of hand washing, disease prevention, home treatment of drinking water, improved hygiene and use of rubbish pits. This program operated on the premise that communities gained awareness of their water,
sanitation and hygiene situation through participatory activities that they are empowered to develop and carry out their own plans to improve their own situation. In villages or areas where open defecation presents the greatest challenge, a hybrid of CLTS and other behavior change approaches will be used to raise awareness of the risk that open defecation presents and reinforce a natural sense of disgust about the practice. The hygiene promotion team helped community members to analyze their sanitation profile and also facilitated school-based hygiene promotion.

After the hygiene education, community families gathered to help the team construct tippy taps for single household use, and construct a pit latrine with a slab!

Community Member Interview

The Living Water Liberia team had an opportunity to meet with 43-year-old community member and subsistence farmer, Karagiko, who stated, “Before Living Water Uganda intervention, we have been collecting water from swamps, ponds and dams which would sometime dry up. Besides, the prevalence of diarrhea, typhoid and dysentery has been very high due to household members consuming contaminated water. We thank Living Water Uganda for rescuing us.”


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Recent Project Updates


07/01/2014: Kacwangobe Community Project Complete

We are excited to report that the village of Kacwangobe, Uganda, has a new source of safe, clean water.  A new well has been constructed and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these two resources 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:  Kacwangobe, Western, Kiruhura, Uganda
ProjectID: 6046
Install Date:  06/30/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 10/20/2015
Well Depth:  170.00M

Visit History:
01/15/2015 — Functional
03/15/2015 — Functional
06/26/2015 — Functional
10/20/2015 — Functional




Contributors

Enactus Steubenville
PwC Kansas City
Heidi L. Burkhart
In honor of Rachel's birthday, from Dad
Westchester Elementary School
M.I.T.C.H. Charter School
Heritage College
Offline Donations
Michael and Ronnie Levine
Solomon's Porch Sunday School Class
Mr. Tony Nascimento
Girl Scout Troop 2005
St. Anthony Academy
Westerly Middle School, 5th Grade Class
Cassidy and Jessica
Seven Generations Charter School
Girl Scout Troop 30007
Hinds Independent Methodist Church
Ridgeview High School/Ecology Club
Girl Scout Troop 1611
Prospect High School/Christian Club
Community of Faith
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Regina Leon c/o R.C. Baral & Co., Inc.
InterVarsity - Edwardsville, IL
Seven Generations Charter School
ACS Chemistry Club (College of Saint Elizabeth)
Running for Running Water
57 individual donor(s)


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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.