Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 130 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Dec 2012

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 07/29/2021

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Community Profile

The report below from our partner in the field provides some great information on the construction of a new hand-dug well in Kibibira:

Kibibira is a beautiful small village. Most people take care of their households and compounds. You can see many flowers growing. When we arrived we saw people working in their garden. It is a busy season as it is the time for planting. Many women and children are fetching water. But the water is dirty and it smells bad.  In most villages, a strategic log is placed over the surface waters allowing people to stand above the water to fill their jerry cans.  In Kibibira, people step directly into the water source – we are certain this is only the start of a long list of contaminants affecting Kibibira’s daily source of water.

“Many people in this village suffer from diseases that can be prevented,” says the chairman. “Children suffer from skin rashes, diarrhea and other water borne diseases. Clean water will help this community a lot. We are looking forward to the start of construction. And with having clean water our sanitation and hygiene will improve as well. This water will be able to improve our village for the better.”

Construction Progress:

September 19, 2012

The technician has been moved to Kibibira. For the coming weeks he will live with the community.

September 26, 2012

Construction is going very well! Currently we are at 6 ft. The community supports the technician with digging every day.

October 2, 2012

The techncian is now at 16 ft. And we have struck water!

Sanitation and Hygiene Progress:

TWT’s social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) to one 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.

Although the main objectives of TWT’s Sanitation and Hygiene Program are the use of latrines and proper hygiene, 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 contaminates of a household water source. TWT leverages this relationship, by requiring each village to achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by one latrine per household), prior to the pump installation for a shallow hand dug well. Using the immediate gratification of clean water as an impetus, TWT works toward sustainable, interdisciplinary WASH development.

The sanitation and hygiene level in Kibibira is not very bad. Currently 10 households of the 44 households in the village, do not have a latrine. The coming weeks our CDO will conduct regular follow-up visits to monitor the change in the village.

TWT implements the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) program with each of our village partners.  TWT facilitates a CLTS session in which we aim 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 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, embarrassment and shame are frequent motivators for individual households to: build latrines, use the latrines and demand that other households do the same.

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Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.


1 individual donors