Kyenturegye Community



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Country:
Uganda

Program:
Wells for Uganda

GPS:
Latitude -0.23
Longitude 30.72

Impact:
300 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Our previous water source, a hand dug pond, had dirty water and would dry up during the dry season. Consequently, we were walking long distances hunting for water. My wife and young children have been relieved from the burden of walking long distances hunting for insecure water.

Akankwasa - Farmer



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Stories and Community Profile

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

Community Details

In June 2013, Living Water Uganda commissioned a baseline survey on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the Nyabushozi WPA. The purpose of the study was to generate context-specific, gender, age and disaggregated information upon which program intervention, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) would, be carried out. The study showed:
• 17% of households draw water from protected water sources.
• Overall use of safe water source is estimated at 17% (12,444) out of a population of 73,200. Therefore, 83% (60,756 people) depend on un-protected water sources and will require an investment of 202 water access points to meet their water needs.

In 2014, allocation of water supply intervention priority was given to the least served communities within Kashongi Sub-County, Nyabushozi WPA. One such community is Kyenturgye, located in Byanamira Parish, Kashongi. When the Living Water Uganda drill crew arrived in Kyenturegye to drill a borehole benefitting 74 households, there was a desperate need for safe drinking water as households were depending only on a hand dug pond to support their immediate domestic water needs. The team successfully implemented a safe water solution, also benefitting a local Anglican church, after two unsuccessful attempts (dry holes). Aware that access to safe, sufficient and affordable water in this rural community will not increase unless sustainable financing strategies are developed to ensure sustainability of this new facility, beneficiaries created a Water User Committee (WUC) including five women and five men to assume responsibility for the daily management and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) and administration for the water point. Cognizant that the challenge of creating a community-sustained and managed water point is real, Living Water Uganda will continue to support WUCs through an institutional 2-year support commitment to the community. Continued support for Kyenturgye and other communities served within the WPA will occur through:
• Regular visits to the WUC to monitor the water facility/performance of O&M and provide back-up support
• Training/capacity building of the Water User Committee in basic financial management and group dynamics
• Motivating and encouraging community to pay O&M through community mobilization and sensitization

In order to confront the true cost of O&M, Living Water Uganda and the community have set an annual household tariff at 12,000 Uganda shillings/$4.8 US dollars. The O&M fund will be kept at the Water User Committee account at Byanamira Village Savings and Loan Association. The major challenge, however, remains for community unwillingness to pay for O&M because of:
• Contradictions in government policies where users’ contribution to service delivery is non-existent in other sectors like health and education
• Political interference, as politicians tend to gain political capital by claiming that water services are free.
• No fault on the facility hence no need to pay

Living Water Uganda is committed to and will continue encouraging and motivating the water users’ of Kyenturegye to pay for O&M. They will also continue to help guide community-driven solutions as they relate to supporting individual community water points.

Hygiene Promotion

“Our previous water source, a hand dug pond, had dirty water and would dry up during the dry season.” This was the reality for 74 families surviving in the rural western province of Ntungamo in Kyenturegye Community. In desperation for safe drinking water, community leaders connected with Living Water International through written communication to express their situation and need for water. Upon arrival, the team observed alarming hygiene and sanitation behaviors, including a common practice of open defecation, though shared communal facilities, pit latrines, a pit latrine with a slab and VIP pit latrines were available. Consequently, the people were suffering from dysentery, typhoid, malaria, respiratory illness, diarrhea and severe dehydration. All of which are preventable with the provision of safe drinking water and supported hygiene and sanitation lessons that serve to encourage total behavioral change.

Using a Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, which allowed the community to take ownership of the program and institutionalize a school-community partnership, the team addressed implementing the following principle hygiene and sanitation changes:
• Latrine construction at the school and community
• Tippy tap construction for single household use
• Promotion of a child-friendly environment
• School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS) approach at the secondary school aimed at making the school and the water catchment free from open defecation through collaborative efforts of different stakeholders
• Helping promote community self-realization of health and sanitation needs while encouraging a sense of ownership, self esteem, and social standing of pupils

Community Member Interview

“Our previous water source, a hand dug pond, had dirty water and would dry up during the dry season,” shared 42-year-old community member and subsistence farmer, Akankwasa. “Consequently, we were walking long distances hunting for water. My wife and young children have been relieved from the burden of walking long distances hunting for insecure water.”


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Recent Project Updates


09/29/2014: Kyenturegye Project Complete

We are very excited to report that a new well has been constructed in Kyenturtegye, Uganda.  This new well, along with training in proper sanitation and hygiene, will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease among 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!


The Water Project : uganda6049-09-some-one-with-clean-water


Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kyenturegye, Western Ntungamo, Uganda
ProjectID: 6049
Install Date:  09/29/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Functional
Last Visit: 10/20/2015
Well Depth:  157.00M

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




Contributors

Singapore American School Grade 6B
Anna Bornemeier
Church of the Transfiguration
Flintridge Preparatory School
Southern Hills Baptist Church
HIllcrest High School Energy Club
C.A.U.S.E. Class of 2014
Summit Ridge PTO
Trinity Episcopal School, Class of 2014
Magruder Elementary School
The Cunningham Family
Desert Canyon Elementary School
Riverside Woman's Club
Girl Scouts of Colorado Troop #1850
Mid-City Ministries
Council Rock High School South Science Honors Society
Network for Good
Progressive Casualty Insurance Company
Gazelle House US
Morbank Financial Inc.
Mars One
Bob Remedi's Bio Class
The Well Wishers Project

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89 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.