Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2013

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 11/08/2021

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Community Profile

The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on the construction of a new hand-dug well in the Kyamugenyi community in Uganda:

Kyamugenyi is a village in Pakanyi sub-county in Masindi District. Most people in the village earn their income with farming. Many farmers are working in their gardens during the day to weed and to prepare the land for the harvest in a few months. For most people life in the village is good. They meet in the evening and everyone knows each other. But the community faces one common problem: a lack of clean water. People are currently fetching contaminated water from open sources and small ponds. Drinking this water is highly dangerous as feces from animals and humans enter the water after rainstorms. Many people suffer from diseases such as worms, diarrhea, skin diseases. Especially for children under five diarrhea is a deadly disease.

“We are very grateful that our village receives a water source from The Water Trust,” says the village chairman. “This water will change our lives. Our children will never believe where we used to fetch water from!”

Construction Progress:

October 12, 2012

Today, we have brought the technician to the village. For the coming weeks the technician will stay in this village. The community members will provide him housing and food.

October 16, 2012

Excavation is progressing successfully. Currently the depth of the well is 7 ft. The community is supporting the technician very well.

October 25, 2012

Excavation is going well. Water was struck at 15 ft and the depth of the well is already 17ft.

Sanitation and Hygiene Progress:

The main objectives of TWT’s Sanitation and Hygiene Program are the use of latrines and proper hygiene as 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.

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.

Community Led Total Sanitation

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.


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