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The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -
The Water Project: Kibeho Village School -

Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Uganda

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Jul 2012

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Community Profile

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

 The people of the village of Kibeho depend on subsistence farming mainly growing bananas for their livelihood. When the LWI Uganda team arrived community member were utilizing a borehole hand pump located 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 the community utilizing covered latrine pits which will help to prevent further spread of diseases in the area. During the teams’ stay a water committee consisting of six men and two women made food for the team. The water committee is also responsible for collecting a well maintenance fee of 4000 Ugandan Shillings per household per year and from each student 500 Shillings per term 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, Living Water International engages communities to help in planning, managing and monitoring of the rural water supply. The nearest primary school is located within the community and now 199 students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean water. Before leaving the community the LWI Uganda team provided community member Bwerere Rashid with a LWI 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 twenty-nine year old, Deputy Head Teacher, Niwagaba Rogers, who stated, “I am so happy to get our own bore hole. We had a problem of a long distance to access clean water and yet the borehole was too crowded so our pupils could not really manage and instead they would go and use open water sources which is dirty and unsafe for human consumption. But finally we have got water right here, Glory be to God!!”

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.

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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


54 individual donors
Carly Young
SA Aussie 150 Year