Upon completion of the project, our implementing partner reported...
The people of the village of Ntungamo depend on subsistence farming for their livelihood. During the rainy seasons the roads become almost impassable however community members assisted the team with tools to help the team cross the roads. When the LWI Uganda team arrived, community members were utilizing other methods to gather water about one kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this families were left suffering from typhoid, malaria, diarrhea and other preventable water related illnesses. The LWI Uganda team was pleased to hear that the community utilizes covered latrine pits which will help prevent further spread of diseases in the area. During the teams’ stay, a water committee consisting of six men and two women assisted the team with the water project, made food for the team and provided security over the water project during the night. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of 4000 shillings per household to help sustain the community’s water source. In keeping with our Strategic Plan launched in January of 2011, LWI’s plan is to train communities to maintain water projects for sustainability. If communities slip back into a situation where they must rely on unimproved water sources, our donors’ investment is compromised. To help prevent this occurrence, Ling Water International engages communities to help in planning managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. The primary school is located 0.45 kilometers away from the community and now 167 students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean water. LWI also provided community member Nuwagaba Innocent with a LWI Uganda contact number in case the well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft. In an effort to ensure project sustainability, LWI program staff is also responsible for visiting the well site annually.
The LWI Uganda team had the opportunity to meet with thirteen year old, student, Moses Atuhiirwe, who stated, "I am so happy to get our own bore hole. We have been chased away and so many times we have been arguing with our fellow pupils of Kibeho P/S (other school project) telling us that we should wait for THEIR school members to use water first and then we can also get a drink but most times a break time can end without getting water for drink . But now Living Water has quenched our thirst. No more fighting again with those big boys!"
During the hygiene education, the LWI Uganda team addresses: 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.