Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase: 
Community Managed
Implementing Partner Monitoring Data Unavailable
Initial Installation: Dec 2012

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Community Profile

Our partner in the field gives us the following description of the village and work in Bututi...

Bututi II village is located in Kikamulo sub county, Nakaseke District. The District is located in the central region of Uganda and is bordered by Luwero District in the south east and east Nakasongola District to the North east and  Masindi District to the North west, Kiboga District to the west and Mityana District to the south.

The district has a population of 184,000 (2011 survey) of which 92600 (51%) are males and 92,200 (49%) are females. The district is also part of the Luwero triangle where the guerrilla war that brought the current ruling government to power

The village lies 5km from the Kiwoko town council which is the nearest business town in the area. The population is fully involved in agriculture as their main source of income where emphasis is put on growing cassava, sweet potatoes and maize is their main cash crops. They also keep some birds and animals like pigs, chickens, goats and cows but on small scale. They are also involved in village saving and credit schemes where community members are encouraged to join so that they can access funds for household income projects and by so doing can raise funds for the children’s fees and other household basic requirements.

Bututi village has Two protected water sources, of which one (Bututi 1) was constructed by the Busoga Trust in 2006 but has a low yield and when it rains the colour of water changes to brown. The second well was constructed by the district but has water which is too hard for domestic use. The community described the water as not good because of the smell, the way it darkens food when used for cooking and does not lather with soap when washing clothes. At the district the village was considered to have enough water for use however the status of the sources indicated low coverage. It was on this basis that this community was considered for another well which we hope will have enough water for the community and quality will meet the required standards in the dry and wet season.

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Project Type

Hand-dug wells have been an important source of water throughout human history! Now, we have so many different types of water sources, but hand-dug wells still have their place. Hand dug wells are not as deep as borehole wells, and work best in areas where there is a ready supply of water just under the surface of the ground, such as next to a mature sand dam. Our artisans dig down through the layers of the ground and then line the hole with bricks, stone, or concrete, which prevent contamination and collapse. Then, back up at surface level, we install a well platform and a hand pump so people can draw up the water easily.