Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 185 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 03/07/2024

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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 Nyakabale-Hanga community in Uganda:

Nyakabale-Hanga is an isolated village in Kiryandongo District. It is surrounded by fields and hills. The village counts 37 households. Most people work in their garden during the day, growing maize, beans and cassava. Some families supplement their income by rearing chicken, goats and cows. The people living in Nyakabale-Hanga come from various areas. A big number of the households come from Northern Uganda. They fled the northern region during the cruel war of the Lord Resistance Army. Most of the people decided to stay in Masindi.

People have to walk far to fetch water from a protected water source. Therefore, most community members use the water from an open source that is in their village. When we enter the village we are welcomed by a group of young children bathing and playing in the water. We see women washing their clothes and fetching water in jerry cans.

The Chairman of the village says that the standard of living is poor. “Clean water will help us. We get sick of this water. With the new well we will be strong and healthy. That will enable us to build better lives, also for our children.”

This new water source will signify a change in the lives of the community members of Nyakabale-Hanga. In the coming months The Water Trust will work together with the community members to improve hygiene and sanitation in every household. Unlike other villages in this region, all households in Nyakabale-Hanga have access to a latrine. Therefore, The Water Trust will focus on improving hand washing, drying racks and rubbish pits.

Construction Progress:

November 14, 2012

This week the technician has been transferred to Nyakabale-Hanga. For the coming weeks the technician will stay with the community. The community will provide a house and food for the technician.

November 27, 2012

The depth of the well is 11 ft. Construction is moving on sound and the community is participating well.

December 10,2012

Construction is going on very well. Currently the depth of the well is 19 ft.

December 17, 2012

The technician and the community have been working hard. Currently, the depth is 22 ft and the technician is currently bricking up. The site is almost finished!

We're just getting started, check back soon!

Project Type

Hand-dug wells have been an important source of water throughout human history! Now, we have so many different types of water sources, but hand-dug wells still have their place. Hand dug wells are not as deep as borehole wells, and work best in areas where there is a ready supply of water just under the surface of the ground, such as next to a mature sand dam. Our artisans dig down through the layers of the ground and then line the hole with bricks, stone, or concrete, which prevent contamination and collapse. Then, back up at surface level, we install a well platform and a hand pump so people can draw up the water easily.


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