Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 150 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Mar 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 03/21/2019

Project Features

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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.

Project Updates

05/01/2013: Water Is Flowing In Kiruli-Kyakajumba!

We are excited to report that the construction of a new hand-dug well in Kiruli-Kyakajumba, Uganda is completed!  The updates below on the progress of the project are direct from our partner in the field:

January 24, 2013

We experienced some challenges at the site as the soils were collapsing. We brought concrete rings to the site and yesterday the community lowered the rings together with the technician to ensure we can continue with this site. Currently the depth is 19ft.

January 29, 2013

At the moment the technician is bricking up the well. Today we measured the re-charge to see how big the yield of the well is. And the re-charge is good. The well is in its finishing states.

February 7, 2013

The construction is finished! The community has worked very hard in the past few weeks to accomplish this. Currently the households are working to improve their sanitation. We will wait with installing the water source until all households have access to a latrine. It is only then, that people will be able to improve their health and can access clean water on the long run.

March 1, 2013

Today we installed the water source. People are very happy with the new water source in their village.

April 2, 2013

Only three out of eighteen house holds are holding back this village from being declared open defecation free. Our community development officer Lynet is committed to ensuring that every home in this village has a latrine, a hand washing facility with soap and other requirements of an ideal sanitary home. On a good note, those that have not yet constructed their own latrines are sharing with those that completed. More effort is now put towards educating this community of the reasons one should wash hands after visiting a latrine and before touching food. At the moment, only one house hold has a washing facility which some times does not have both water and soap. Only four homes out of thirty can pass the test of an ideal homestead if all sanitation components are to be considered.

The well is finished, and our partner is committed to working with this community to raise the level of sanitation and hygiene for everyone.  What a difference this will make for the people of this community!  Thank you for your help!  Be sure to check our the new pictures of the finished well and the new video of the installation.

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01/16/2013: Progress in Kiruli-Kyakajumba

The work continues to construct a hand-dug well in Kiruli-Kyakajumba, Uganda.  The report below from our partner in the field relates the progress they have made so far.  Also, be sure to see the latest pictures of the project.

January 14, 2013

The community is very excited about the new water source in their village. Every day people are at the site to help the technician with excavating the pit. Today we have hit water! View the pictures below.

January 15, 2013

Today we are bringing materials to the site that the community collected: bricks, sand and hardcore. In the meantime our Community Development Officer, Lynet, is in the village to visit all households and to monitor the sanitation and latrine construction progress. 

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01/10/2013: Work Begins In Kiruli-Kyakajumba

We are excited to report that construction of a new hand-dug well is just beginning in Kiruli-Kyakajumba, Uganda. We just posted an initial report from our partners in the field including great information about the community, a few pictures, and a video showing the current source of water for the village.  We’ll keep you posted as the project progresses.

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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.