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:  Functional

Last Checkup: 03/27/2019

Project Features

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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.

Project Updates

12/03/2012: Kibibira Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the construction of the well in Kibibira, Uganda is complete!  Our partner in the field gives the following updates:

October 10, 2012

This site was on pause last week.  Another site needed an extra hand from an experienced technician. This week the work will start again!

October 15, 2012

Construction is moving on again. The technician is currently at 19 ft. The well does face a challenge as the soils are very soft and are collapsing. Therefore, the technician and the community are doing their best to safe the well.

November 5, 2012

The technician and the community have been cooperating well. The site has been very challenging due to collapsing soils. Currently the depth of the well is 22 ft. The site is in its finishing states.

November 14, 2012

The site is successfully finished and we have installed the pump! TWT still continues to work in this village to improve the sanitation coverage. We have moved the technician to another village.

We have updated the project information with the final depth of the well and GPS coordinates!

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10/09/2012: Work Underway in Kibibira

We are excited to report that construction is underway on a new hand-dug well in Kibibira, Uganda.  We have just posted a report from the field with information on the village, as well as pictures of the project in its early stages.

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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.


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