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: Apr 2012

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Community Profile

Upon completion of the project, our implementing partner reported...

When the LWI Uganda team arrived, community members were utilizing a well located .35 of a kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Community members were suffering from typhoid, malaria, diarrhea and severe dehydration. 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 fifteen men and six women who assisted the team by providing food whenever possible. This water committee is also responsible for collecting a well maintenance fee of 5,000 Ugandan shillings per household per year. Most community members survive by subsistence farming or by teaching at the nearby school. The school is a primary school that holds 1,267 students and is located .1 of a kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided community member, Bahigi Moses, 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 the head teacher, Baram Mafuni, who stated, I am really excited to see this well here, there were so many challenges here and somehow I lost hope for having a second borehole, but thank God for LWI’s determination to accomplish their mission beside the fact that they lost their pipes worth millions of shillings in the hole. This borehole is going to be more useful due to the fact that we had one bore hole and it was too congested with our pupils and the community plus the other two neighboring schools which have about 280 pupils. We found that there was too much use of this borehole but now I think this problem is met with this second borehole. I just want to encourage the community to work with us in the sustainability program.

During the hygiene education, the LWI Uganda team addresses: Hand washing, how to properly transport and store water, disease transmission, how to take proper care of the pump and how to keep the water clean, Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS), Latrine perception, good and bad hygiene behavior and the three legged stool. It is hoped that after hygiene education unhealthy practices in the community will subside – essentially allowing for a healthier community with access to clean, safe drinking water.

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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!


1 individual donors
Religious Society Friends
The Happily Ever After
Weymouth Consolidated School
American International School Kuwait: Student Leadership Council 2011
Homer-Center School District
The Mauthe Center: Eat Well Fundraising Page