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.