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: 09/06/2018

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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 Mpumwe II community in Uganda:

Mpumwe II is located in Kigumba sub-county, Kiryandongo District. The village is located near the road and has a small trading centre, however most homes are hidden in the gardens near the centre. The village also has a primary school.

“Our community needs clean water. Currently we fetch water from an open source. Some people that have a bicycle go to the borehole. However, for most of us this is too far,” says a community member. The open source is dirty and contaminated. Animals easily access the water, children bath, women wash their clothes and others fetch water with jerry cans for drinking.

“This water will be used by the community and by the school. It will make a difference for us. We will avoid becoming ill and our children will be safe from diarrhea,” says the village chairman. “We are looking forward to start working on the construction of the water source. Soon our village will be a good place to live for our future generations!”

In Mpumwe II, The Water Trust will have an intensive program to provide access to clean water and sanitation.  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. Many households don’t use a latrine but use the bush. Due to open defecation, feaces are spread over the village. This leads to (fatal) diseases and contamination of the groundwater. Our aim is that the community is able to live a healthy live, free of preventable diseases. Therefore we endeavor that at the end of our presence in the community; people have both 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, Benjamin, to the village. We walked through the area to spot sites where we can find water. We found a suitable area where we can start excavating. For the coming weeks Benjamin will stay with the community. The community will provide accommodation and food for him.

Project Updates


05/01/2013: Mpumwe II Project Complete!

We are excited to report that the community of Mpumwe II in Uganda has a new source of safe, clean water! The progress updates below are directly from our partner in the field:

January 24, 2013

Construction is moving on well. The community members are helping the technician with the construction every day. In the mean time people are also working to improve their sanitation. Currently the depth is 18 ft.

January 29, 2013

At the moment the technician is bricking up. The construction is almost finished. The community is working hard to finish the construction. Besides the work at the water source people are also working on the construction of their latrines.

February 7, 2013

The technician is finishing the site. The community has worked hard. Currently people are constructing their latrines and a lot of progress has been made. Most households have constructed their pits.

March 6, 2013

Today we have installed the water source in Mpumwe II. People are very happy with the clean water in their village.

April 15, 2013

Our community development officers are ensuring that every member of this village has a latrine, a hand washing facility with soap and other requirements of an ideal home in order to have our promise fulfilled. It is only four house holds that do not have pit latrines. only one home stead does not have a hand washing facility. How ever all signs indicate that they will soon catch up with the rest of the community.

May 1, 2013

With pleasure,  we declare Mpumwe II Open defecation free!!!. All village mates have improved pit latrines and have put them to good use. Every house hold has a drying rack and a line to hung clothes. This is indeed an achievement to The Water Trust. We await to see this success story after six months when we will be conducting a post base line survey. Of course we shall update you with our findings.

Be sure to check out the latest pictures of the finished well and the new video.  And thank you for your help!


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01/16/2013: Work Continues in Mpumwe II

Work continues to construct a hand-dug well in Mpumwe II, Uganda.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest updates.  Also, be sure to check out the latest pictures of the project.

January 14, 2013

The community is working hard to construct their new water source. Currently we are at 9 ft. The soil formation is tough, therefore the excavation takes a lot of energy.

January 15, 2013

Today our Community Development Officer, Benjamin, is in the village to conduct household visits. By doing so, we monitor the improvements in sanitation and latrine construction as we aim that all households have access to a latrine.


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01/10/2013: Work Begins In Mpumwe II

We are excited to report that the construction of a new hand-dug well has begun in Mpumwe II, Uganda.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including pictures and information about the community.  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.