Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 150 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Nov 2012

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/05/2019

Project Features

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Community Profile

Construction is underway for a new hand-dug well in the village of Kitaleba, Uganda.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information about the village and the progress of the project:

Kitaleba is TWT’s third village in Miirya sub-county. TWT recently expanded its operations in Masindi District to this area. Kitaleba is a traditional farmer’s community. Many people in Kitaleba grow maize. Masindi District is also the second biggest producer of maize in the whole country!

Besides working in the garden, people gather in the evenings to socialize. “We meet every evening, and we talk about football and life,” says a teenager. The problem in Kitaleba is clean water and the poor health of many community members. “Many people get sick of our water,” says the chairman. “This water source will greatly improve our community. Especially as TWT also focuses on improving the sanitation and hygiene diseases will reduce.”

Construction Progress:

September 9, 2012

This week the technician was transferred to Kitaleba. We are at the beginning stages of construction. Currently we are at 2 ft.

September 19, 2012

The technician has only been moved last week and we are already at 12 ft! Excavation is going very fast as the community is supporting the techinician with digging.

October 2, 2012

Currently, we are at 16 ft and we have struck water. Sand, stones and bricks have been brought to the construction site.

October 4, 2012

The site is moving forward. The depth of the well is currently 19 ft. The community is very active in the construction of the well.

Sanitation and Hygiene Progress:         

TWT’s social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) to one village. The CDO encourages each households 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 contaminators of a household water source. TWT leverages this relationship, by requiring each village to achieve Open Defecation Free statis (defined by one latrine per households), 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.

Project Updates

12/03/2012: Kitaleba Project Complete!

We are excited to report that construction of the new well in Kitaleba is complete!  Our partner in the field sent us the following updates:

October 10, 2012

The soils started to collapse and therefore construction has been delayed. The technician started to brick up to strengthen the well.

October 15, 2012

The technician finished bricking up. Currently, we are at 20 ft. The technician will continue to deepen the well.

October 22, 2012

This a difficult site. The walls are threatening to seriously collapse due to the soft soils and the severe rains. We brought another technician to this site to support the construction of the well.

October 30, 2012

Due to the support of the other technician the site is saved. The site is now in its finishing stage. The depth is 22 ft.

November 12, 2012

The site is finished and the pump has been installed! The technician has been moved to a new site. Although construction is finished, TWT is still present in Kitaleba. Currently, we are monitoring the improvements in sanitation of every household. We will stay in Kitaleba until every household has access to a latrine.

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

10/09/2012: Digging in Kitaleba, Uganda

We are excited to report that construction has begun on a hand-dug well in Kitaleba, Uganda.  We have just posted a report from our partner in the field including information about the village and pictures of the work site.

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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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