Busambwa Village

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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 0.71
Longitude 33.36

500 Served

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The village of Busambwa is located in the heart of Bukanga sub-county where we are currently targetting. To get to it you have to pass through Nawantale where we have built a shallow well and are currently performing a home improvement campaign. Once you’ve passed through Busambwa and rise up the hill you reach our newest site, Busaanda. Across the swamp from Busambwa you can make out the buildings of Bukand sub-county offices, but even so close to the seat of local power the population lacks basic amenities such as fresh water. Busambwa is clearly a poor village, it is at the bottom of the valley close to the swamp and there are more dilapidated buildings here than in other villages we work in.

It seems that sugarcane forms an important part of this villages economy, acting as the only viable cash crop. The sugar cane surrounds the village and looks quite magnificent at this time of year standing 10 feet tall ready to be harvested. Otherwise, the residents seem to be engaged in typical subsistence agricultural pursuits. The children are able to attend the local school by crossing the swamp and reaching the sub-county headquarters.

The children are especially in need of clean water sanitation, as are the rest of the village’s residents.  Currently they are drinking water from the swamp.  This water is very dirty and is not safe to drink.

To respond to this urgent need, Busoga Trust has begun efforts to improve sanitation in the community.  A novel technique called Community Led Total Sanitation has been employed, which should rapidly increase latrine coverage in the village.  Once this is accomplished, a Busoga Trust technician will start to work alongside community members to construct a shallow hand-dug well.  The combined improvement in sanitation and safe water access will make a big impact in the community and greatly improve the health and livelihoods of Busambwa’s people.

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10/1/2012 – Today we followed up the application by conducting the first village meeting. The chairman expressed his gratitude for our help and said safe water has been an amenity long overdue in his community and they are willing to help in whatever way. The residents will need to collect the local materials, provide food and board and improve their sanitation levels. This was agreed upon by those present at the meeting and a water users committee was elected. We distributed jerrycans and pick axes for building pit latrines and tippy taps and also conducted the sanitation baseline survey whilst the meeting took place.

17/1/2012 – The team held a CLTS session that was very well attended with 170 people coming to hear our message about the importance of sanitation in keeping your community safe from diarrhoeal disease. Afterall what’s the point of safe water, if it get’s contaminated by dirty jerrycans or unwashed hands? We should see a dramatic increase in pit-latrine and tippy tap construction in the community. We shall wait and see, out follow-ups will verify progress and if targets are met then we shall drop off the technician to begin the well’s construction.

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03/09/2012: Busambwa Well is Complete

Our partner reported from the field…

9/3/2012 – Well, after the  3 week hiatus, I am proud to report that tonight the people of Busambwa will be drinking safe water! It’s fantastic to think that for the first time mothers won’t be jeopardizing the health of their children through the most basic act of giving them water. There were many villagers present for the commissioning, who sung their appreciation at the site of their new water. A great day.

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03/08/2012: Updates from Busamba Well Project

We just received the following updates from the project in Busamba.

2/6/2012 – Over the weekend the deepening process went well, until we hit the bedrock at 22ft. That gives us a 7ft water column, which is not enough to last the village through the rainy season. We insist on 1 10ft water column in these areas to last the dry season and produce enough water for the community’s needs. So, after consulting with the technical team and Gerald in the village we decided to construct a secondary underground tank a few meters away that will be linked to the well by a pipe, from where the water is extracted from. This should give us a combined water column of around 14ft.

2/8/2012- Delivered 6 bags of cement to site to and completed the brick lining of the first tank. By the time the team had left in the evening the excavation of the second tank had begun.

2/9/2012 – The progress of the secondary tank is going well, mainly due to the high participation and Gerald’s great rapport with the communities he works in. We are currently at 9ft deep on the 2nd well reserve tank. As Edison was on site, he sat down with the community and explained to them the reason behind the secondary tank as an extra store of water. They all agreed and carried on.

2/10/2012 – Brief visit paid to the site, the second tank was at 12ft deep and there was high community participation.

2/12/2012 – Edison our chief technical officer got called out on a Sunday to go and visit the site. The community had hit the same base rock at 20ft in the neighboring tank. The second tank has a water column of 5ft, which combined with the 7ft in the main tank makes 12ft of water. Edison, decided that it was best to brick line the second tank and connect it to the main tank. That’s the stage we’re at, should not be long until it is finished and ready for installation.

2/14/2012 – Delivered some more cement to site tom complete the brick lining of the second reserve tank.

2/16/2012 – Final 2 bags of cement were delivered to site to cast a second surface concrete seal for the reserve tank. Otherwise we are just awaiting the pump installation.

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02/07/2012: Busambwa Updates

We received a number of updates today from the Busambwa project site.

1/25/2012 – The sociology team reported on Monday that the village have been complying with the need to improve their sanitation and are building pit latrines, rubbish pits, etc. Therefore it seems that they have showed their commitment and we show ours by delivering the technician Gerald Zikulabe and his helper Ronald Waiswa to the site today. Using the community map as well as the knowledge of our technical supervisor we have sited the well close to the middle of the village. Let the digging begin.

1/28/2012 – Edison and Emma continue their heroics, they delivered the materials to the Busambwa site after water was hit at 15ft, by giving up their Saturday. In the process they blow a tyre and only got back to Jinja at 9.30 at night. What great dedication.

1/30/2012 – We delivered 2 bags of cement to the site. The formation that Gerald and the community are digging through is very soft. This is good because it means rapid progress can be made, however it poses dangers in that it makes the well liable to caving. Not something we want when there are people at the bottom. Hence the cement, we are about to begin back lining the walls of the well, in order to stabilise the walls before continuing any deeper.

2/1/2012 – The depth of the well remains the same as the brick lining of the caving parts of the well continues. High participation reported from site, with 30 people contributing by making cement, moving bricks, cooking food, winching down materials and of course lining the well. Lunch and dinner consists of sweet potatoes and beans cooked by the ladies of Busambwa.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Bukanga, Luuka, Uganda
ProjectID: 620
Install Date:  03/08/2012


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.