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: Oct 2013

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Community Profile

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When the LWI Uganda team arrived, community members were utilizing a water catchment system located 1.5 kilometers away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this, families were suffering from typhoid and malaria among other preventable water related illnesses. During the team’s stay, community members assisted the team with the water project whenever possible. The community also assembled a water committee consisting of five men and five women who are responsible for collecting a term well maintenance fee of 500 Ugandan Shillings per students and community members pay 100 Ugandan Shillings per jerrican of water collected. Most residents farm and raise cattle to support their families. Many are of the 400 high school students and 603 primary school students residing in the area. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Mr. David Tumwijukye 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.

The LWI Uganda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-five year old community member and head teacher, Nathan Nyabuguruka, who stated, "We are really grateful for the water source, first of all it’s near the school and secondary its safe for us. We only had one water source for all of this community and that is the valley dam down in the town. It is very far away from the school and its un safe for human consumption only that we did not have any option. The storm water runs in it with all the rubbish in the town. There is no protection for young kids that can easily fall into the dam. But now we have a reason to smile and to be so protective for our borehole because we were told that we got little water and it’s our job to protect the little we have because this area is a water scarcity. On behalf of the school community I want to say thank you LWI for whatever you do for this community and this country."

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Project Photos

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.


Deep Run East Church VBS
Bethabara General Baptist Youth
Alpha Epsilon Chapter
Greater Mt. Olive Baptist Church
First United Methodist Church-Voorheesville
Sahai Family Charitable Foundation
Just Give
Brownsburg East Middle School ~ Team 7-2
St. Stephen School: The Water Project
29 individual donor(s)