Byanamira Community

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Wells for Uganda

Latitude -0.25
Longitude 30.70

500 Served

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This is a project that we were able to do in cooperation with Attack Poverty.  Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports…

Community Details

When the team arrived in Byanamira to drill a borehole benefiting 430 families, there was a desperate need for safe drinking water as families had resorted to solely depending on rainwater collection to support their immediate water needs. The Living Water team successfully implemented a safe water solution for these 430 families, also benefiting a local Catholic Church and community center. 

This new well is being managed by a community constituted water governance structure, the Water User Committee (WUC). The Water User Committee consists of 10 members including 5 women and 5 men. The capacity of the WUC members is being developed through trainings and refresher trainings in three core areas: Basic financial management, group dynamics and community mobilization and sensitization and mobilization. Living Water Uganda will engage or mentor the WUC for 2 years to enhance its capacity to effectively manage the water source.

The community has fenced the new well, dug a soak pit and agreed on Operations and Maintenance tariff of 1000/$0.4 per month. The Living Water Uganda Evangelist for Nyabushozi WASH Program Area (WPA) conducted trainings for church leaders in Byanamira Parish, Kashongi sub-county. Altogether, 15 people including 9 men and 6 women attended the training. The leaders were empowered to use story telling in their day-to-day services and as a tool for evangelism. Thematic bible studies were conducted at Byanamira Catholic Church, Byanamira Parish. These studies were meant to mobilize the church leaders to take center stage in addressing the material, social and spiritual needs of their communities. Altogether, 16 people 11 men and 5 women attended the studies at the Catholic Church.

Hygiene Promotion

The Hygiene Promotion team conducted water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) baseline survey feed back meetings in this community. The meetings were attended by the sub-county officials, community leaders and community members. During the meetings, the team communicated key baseline findings, likely challenges that will deter community members from taking action to improve sanitation, as well as the hygiene promotion strategies and approaches that will be employed by Living Water Uganda program. Altogether, 46 people including 20 women and 26 men were in attendance. As result of the meetings, there has been increased participation of the different stakeholders in Living Water hygiene promotion activities. Using a community health strategy approach, community structures such as Village Health Teams (VHTs, health assistants and cluster heads were trained in UMOJA-hygiene promotion approach which integrates Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) and clustering system taking into consideration the strength of each approach to reinforce the hygiene promotion work. This community health promotion structures are being equipped with CLTS tools like community mapping, transect walk, feces calculation and health costing methods to trigger communities into taking collective actions to eliminate open defecation in their communities. Verification visits by the HP team, community health promotion structures and the sub-county staff shows significant improvement in hygiene and sanitation practices in this community.

Community Member Interview

The Living Water team had an opportunity to meet with 23-year-old community member and health worker, Natukunda, who shared her gratitude for having new access to an improved water source. “As a health professional, I am always faced with high number of community members diagnosed with water borne related diseases. The incidence of diarrheal diseases is particularly high during dry season because some rainwater catchment facilities dry up. As a result, community members resort to collecting water from unprotected sources like the ponds, swamps and open dug wells. I thank God for this new well.”

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Recent Project Updates

09/03/2014: More Pictures From Byanamira

Just a quick note to let you know we just posted a few new pictures from Byanamira, Uganda, showing the finished well.  Take a look, and Thanks again for caring for the thirsty!

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07/28/2014: Byanamira Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Byanamira, 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 resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease.  This project is one of two wells that have been constructed to provide for this large community.  (To see the other project, click here.) We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS cooridnates, and pictures.  We expect to receive more pictures of this project soon.  As soon as they are available, we’ll let you know.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Byanamira A, Western, Ntungamo, Uganda
ProjectID: 6047
Install Date:  07/28/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/20/2015
Well Depth:  223.00M

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

Country Details


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.