Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Uganda

Impact: 250 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Apr 2013

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This project was to construct a new well for a church and surrounding community in Uganda.  We did this through our partner, Living Water International, and in cooperation with another group called Attack Poverty.  Upon completion of the project, our partner in the field reports...

A LWI Uganda team member commented, "The most memorable thing about this project was that it was our very first borehole for 2013 and the first in the newly established WASH Program Area (WPA)." When the team arrived, community members were utilizing a water catchment system located .06 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from typhoid and malaria. The LWI Uganda team was pleased to learn of the community’s use of a covered pit latrine as this will help prevent further spread of disease in the area. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of five men and five women who assisted the team with the water project whenever possible and provided meals for the team. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a monthly well maintenance fee of 1,000 Ugandan shillings per household ($0.40 USD). Most community members are of Catholic, Protestant or Muslim faith and earn a living by subsistence farming or by raising dairy and beef cattle. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Mr. Nyabuhinga Samuel, with a LWI Uganda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

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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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute!


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