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Location: Uganda

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 200 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 Abangi, Uganda. At this stage of the project, GPS coordinates are a rough estimate.

Welcome to the Community

A normal day in Abangi starts as early as 6am when adults get up to work in the morning cool. By lunchtime, the high Ugandan sun is sweltering. Most work out on their farms tending to sugarcane which is sold to the Kinyara Sugar Factory.

After the morning farming, women return home to keep an eye on their children while doing household chores. Lots of men go out to either play soccer or watch it with whoever has a TV set. In the evening hours, men head over to the trading center to socialize with their friends, while women are responsible for getting their children into bed.

This village is unique in the way that people gather around those who are either going through a time of heartache or a time of celebration. They mourn together and party together!

Water Situation

People living in Abangi rely on surface water to meet all of their needs. An open, unprotected spring brings water to the surface. Locals use a thick log as a bridge, suspended over the widest part of the spring. Standing in the middle, one can balance and scoop up the clearest water available – away from the cloudy, algae-covered banks. But not everybody sticks to the bridge. We observed people wading through the water, the same water they drink, while we were there.

But no matter where you stand and fetch your water, there’s no doubt this spring is contaminated. The water smells, and people who drink it complain of constant diarrhea. What’s worse, there is no treatment clinic within walking distance of Abangi. Mr. Obida John reports that “the village is remote and farm from the health center. The nearest health center is in Nyantonzi, which is about 15 kilometers away.”

Sanitation Situation

Less than a quarter of families have pit latrines. Those we observed are built traditionally with wood and mud. The rest of the community practices open defecation; they seek the privacy in farms and brush to relieve themselves. Flies, animals, and rainwater then spreads this contamination throughout Abangi – even to the spring from which they get drinking water.

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

09/06/2017: Abangi-Ndende Community Project Underway

Abangi-Ndende 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!

Thank You for partnering with us to unlock potential!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Protected Spring
Location:  Masindi, Abangi, Ndende
ProjectID: 6085


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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.