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.
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.