Project Status

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Schools - Uganda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Feb 2014

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The following project was done by our partner in the field, in cooperation with Attack Poverty.  Upon completion of the project, our partner reports...

When the team arrived, families were utilizing a water catchment system located .8 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Unfortunately, this water catchment system was not properly covered, allowing mosquitos to breed and the water to become contaminated.  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 an opening well maintenance fee of 38,000 Ugandan Shillings from the entire community. For community members, that is equivalent to $15.20 USD per year, or $1.27 USD per month. Most residents farm or keep cattle to earn a living. There are a few who teach at the nearby Primary School ,whose 404 students now all have access to a safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member Mr. Ndyamuhebwa Vincent, 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 thirty-four year old community member and head teacher, Mushabe Deus, who stated, "This borehole is going to help the community mostly our children at school who have been using dirty water, and yet the water source was far away from the school. But now this water will not only save our lives but also our time management because the water source is near the school. Security for the pupils is now better because our children no longer cross the road and go far away to fetch water."

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! Learn more here!


McGraw Hill Education
GSD's Application Platform Team
SMITH family
Speaker Family
Flint Poovey
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25 individual donor(s)