Kanyabihara Primary School

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Wells for Schools - Uganda

Latitude -0.11
Longitude 30.91

231 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

This project was to construct a new well for a school 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…

When the LWI Uganda team arrived, community members were utilizing a water catchment system located half 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 seven men and three 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 term well maintenance fee of 300 Ugandan shillings student. Most residents own beef or dairy cattle and farm to earn a living. There are others who teach at the local primary school with 231 students, who now all have access to a safe water source. Many are of Catholic, Protestant or Muslim faith and it is hoped that with the implementation of the new well that new opportunities to share the Gospel will be presented. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Businge Phoebe, with a LWI Uganda contact number in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

The LWI Uganda team had an opportunity to meet with forty-four year old community member and head teacher, Rujungo Isaac, who stated, “In Kanyabihara we have serious water scarcity. This has been the third trial for drilling in this area but the last two we have failed. But this time God has used His servants to come and help us and we got water! Why? Because God wanted the glory to remain on Him that is why He used His servants.”

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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Recent Project Updates

04/29/2013: Kanyabihara Primary School Project Complete!

We are excited to report that Kanyabihara Primary School and the surrounding community in Uganda have a new source of safe, clean water.  We just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures of the completed project.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Rushere Town Board, Kanyabihara Primary School, Nyabushozi WPA, Uganda
ProjectID: 6024
Install Date:  04/29/2013

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Last Visit: 10/20/2015
Well Depth:  344.00M

Visit History:
03/15/2015 — Functional
06/23/2015 — Functional
10/20/2015 — Functional


Project Underwriter - The Christian Life Center
BHS Community Service
Fidelity Charitable Gift fund/ Kimberly Riley
Jennifer Arcesi/Ava Arcesi
Stephen R. Andrew and Family
The Boston Foundation/ Mr. Michael Grunebaum
Fusion Youth Ministry
Grace Lutheran Church
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
Detroit Litigation Services - Allstate, in honor of Leslie McFarland
Fallsington United Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church
Courthouse Community United Methodist Church
East Immanuel Lutheran Church
Duke and friends gave together at his birthday party
Newman Family
141 individual donor(s)

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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.