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Location: Uganda

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 160 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  03/31/2018

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Community Profile & Stories

This spring protection system will be installed in Ejinga, Uganda. At this stage of the project, GPS coordinates are a rough estimate.

Welcome to the Community

Most of Ejinga Community is awake by 6am to do their usual chores. Since the majority of community members are farmers, they go to their gardens to cultivate their tobacco and maize, which are the main cash crops in this area. The tobacco is usually sold to British American Tobacco Company (BAT) located in Hoima District. Some of the maize is eaten and the rest sold so as to get money for other things.

They work on their farms up to the high sun of midday, when it gets too hot. Then the men go to the trading center where they carry out other side jobs like repairing bicycles and selling wares. The women remain at home to care for their children and prepare meals.

However, transporting the food products to the market in Hoima is challenging because of the poor road network. Besides, the level of poverty in this community is very high – to the extent that some families even fail to buy food they need.

Water Situation

These 160 people rely on a nearby water source, an unprotected spring. At first look, the spring appears to be a murky puddle – but after a closer look, there really is a spring eye that keeps the water coming.

This water sits open in lush area, subjected to a myriad of different contaminants. Animals sate their thirst, children play and bathe at the spring, and rainwater washes things like feces and fertilizers into the water.

Containers are dunked directly into the water until full, and stored in clay pots back home. After drinking, there are cases of stomach pain and diarrhea (indicative of typhoid). The nearest health facility from Ejinga is Kasenene Health Facility, which is about five kilometers away. People are laden with illness, waste time and money to get treated, only to return to the source of their troubles. What other option is there?

Sanitation Situation

Less than a quarter of households have a pit latrine – while the few we visited didn’t even have roofs to keep rain out of the pit. Because of these poor conditions, many locals prefer relieving themselves elsewhere. This waste endangers the entire community as it is spread by animals, flies, and rainwater. Some of this can even wash back down into the unprotected spring!

Everyone seems very relaxed when it comes to matters of personal and environmental hygiene. They need to be enlightened of how this negatively impacts their health, and then encouraged to adopt healthier practices.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Training’s main objectives are the use of latrines and observing proper hygiene practices, since these goals are inherently connected to the provision of clean water. Open defecation, water storage in unclean containers and the absence of hand-washing are all possible contaminants of a household water supply. Each participating village must achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by one latrine per household), prior to the project installation.

This social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) to each village. The CDO encourages each household to build an ideal homestead that includes: a latrine, hand-washing facility, a separate structure for animals, rubbish pit and drying rack for dishes.

We also implement the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners. This aims to improve the sanitation and hygiene practices and behaviors of a village. During these sessions, village leaders naturally emerge and push the community to realize that current practices of individual households – particularly the practice of open defecation– are not only unhealthy, but affect the entire village. CLTS facilitates a process in which community members realize the negative consequences of their current water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors and are inspired to take action. Group interactions are frequent motivators for individual households to: build latrines, use the latrines and demand that other households do the same.

Plans: Spring Protection

Over continued visits to the community, the viability of a hand-dug well diminished. We just couldn’t find a good construction site for a well that would yield safe, clean water. The terrain here is very hilly; a great place for flowing springs but a difficult place to dig a well.

Considering the convenience, reliability, and long history of this spring, the community has decided to unite with us to build a spring protection system for their current source. Once construction is completed, the spring will begin yielding clean drinking water.

There’s a lot of work to be done: Community members will have to help our team clear the land around the spring, diverge the water, build a catchment area with walls allowing for discharge pipes and steps in and out, and dig drainage. Local families will host our spring protection artisans while they begin the sanitation improvements needed for a successful partnership. We all look forward to making these improvements together!

Recent Project Updates

08/23/2017: Ejinga-Ayikoru Community Project Underway

Ejinga-Ayikoru Community in Uganda will soon have a source of clean water, thanks to your generous donation. A spring is being protected, and the community will attend sessions on sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report including information about the community, project details, and pictures. Please look there to read about how the community decided a spring protection system is the best solution for their area. We’ll keep you informed as the work continues!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Masindi, Ejinga
ProjectID: 6084

Country Details


Population: 27 million
Lacking clean water: 36%
Below poverty line: 37%

Partner Profile

The Water Trust partners with rural communities in Uganda to establish and sustain access to safe water and healthy, clean environments for children to survive infancy and develop to their potential. The Water Trust’s program approach emphasizes community empowerment to enable the community to lead and sustain improvements in water, sanitation, hygiene, and general management of environmental health risks.