Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 150 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2013

Functionality Status:  Low/No Water or Mechanical Breakdown

Last Checkup: 03/15/2024

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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 Kiruli-Kyakajumba community in Uganda:

Kiruli-Kyakajumba is a small rural village and is home to 30 households.  As most villages in this area the people in Kiruli-Kyakajumba are farmers. Popular crops are maize, beans and cassava. During daytime you can find the people working in their garden. In the evening most community members gather in the trading centre to either go to a local bar or play football. “We like to live to in the village, but our problem is water; clean water,” says a villager. Currently people fetch water from an open source, the water is contaminated as feaces and dirt can easily enter the water. View the pictures below.

We are standing next to the water source the community is currently using and we are talking to a few community members. “As long as I can remember we used to fetch water from this point,” says the village chairman. As a kid I was playing here. However, in my memory the water was not as dirty as it is now.” Another community member says: “Many people fall sick so often. Especially children are vulnerable to diarrhea and parasites. This water source will change our lives. We will have a new meeting point and a new scenery when we fetch water and most importantly we are saved from sickness!”

In the coming weeks we have an intensive program in this village. The community will participate in excavating and constructing the water source. In the mean time the aim is that all households have access to a latrine. Currently, many people don’t use a latrine but use the bush. As a consequence feaces are spread over the village. This leads to (fatal) diseases and contamination of the groundwater. At the end of the period, people have access to sustainable clean water and access to sanitation.

[GPS coordinates for this project are approximate.]

Construction Progress:

January 8, 2013

Today we brought the technician, Richard, to the village. We walked through the area to spot sites where we can find water. We found a suitable area. For the coming weeks Richard will stay with the community. The community will provide accommodation and food for him.

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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.