Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Jan 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

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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 Kabale, Uganda:

The community of Kabale is located in Kiryandongo District, Uganda. Kabale is a big village and is home to 100 households. The people in Kabale are farmers. Popular crops are maize, cassava and beans. Most people are subsistence farmers. However, some of the households sell their produce to tradesmen that are regularly passing the village.

During our first meeting with the village, we realized that the community of Kabale is in high need of clean water. Almost all households were present during the meeting and the community was vividly discussing how they could collect the necessary materials for construction of the water source. Only after 4 weeks the community informed us that they had collected the bricks, sand and hardcore.

When I am standing next to the construction site, a woman approaches me. She explains to me that she is very grateful that she and her neighbors receive a clean water source. “We have been fetching this dirty water.” She points with her finger to a spot behind us. “We are used to share the water with the cows. This water will prevent us from getting ill and it will keep our children healthy.”

This new water source will signify a change in the lives of the community members of Kabale. In the coming months The Water Trust will work together with the community members to improve hygiene and sanitation in every household. The Water Trust works in this village until all households have built their latrine. Clean water, access to a latrine and good hygiene are an integral combination to improve health of people living in rural Uganda.

Construction Progress:

December 5, 2012

Today we have brought the Technician to Kabale. For the coming weeks he will live in the village.

December 10, 2012

The community members Kabale are working hard. Currently the depth of the well is 15 ft and we have struck water. In the mean time our Community Development Officer, Godfrey, is conducting house to house visits to encourage people to start constructing their latrines. This week we have conducted a baseline, in total 20 households need to construct a latrine.

Project Updates


02/11/2013: Kabale Project Complete

We are excited to report that a new hand-dug well has been completed in Kabale, Uganda.  The details below about the progress of the project are from our partner in the field.  Also be sure to check out the latest pictures and video.

December 17, 2012

Construction is moving on well. The depth of the well is 20 ft. The community is actively participating in the construction.

January 7, 2013

Construction is finished! The total depth of the well is 22 ft. People are very happy that construction is finished and that soon the community has access to clean water. The Chairman of the Water User Committee says: “Now we are working hard to finish the construction of our latrines. Soon we will be a clean village!”

January 18, 2013

The pump is installed! The water is coming at the right time, as the dry season has started and the open water source has dried up. People are very happy. Currently 5 households still need to finish the construction of their latrines. Follow-up visits are being made by our Community Development Officer.


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12/17/2012: Kabale Project Underway!

We are excited to report that construction has begun on a new hand-dug well in Kabale, Uganda.  We just posted an initial report from the field including information about the community and pictures of the project.  We’ll keep you posted as construction c0ntinues.


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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.