Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 120 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

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 Karungi-Kaybabyara community in Uganda:

Karungi-Kyababyara is a small remote village.  The village is part of Kyababyara, a village where The Water Trust has worked before. The households are scattered and you have to walk some distances to visit each household. The community members are subsistence farmers. Near the community there is one big land lord who owns a lot of land. He grows maize and some community members work on his land.

The community faces one big challenge.  “For us it is too far to fetch water from a clean source. We are fetching water from an open source. This source is not good for us, but we did not have any choice,” says a community member. This new water source will change our community for the better. Diseases will go down and our children and elderly people will be safe.

“We will work hard the coming weeks,” says the chairman of the village. “By doing so, we will be able to start drinking the water soon. As it is the dry season, our traditional water source is drying up. Therefore, everyone will also work to improve the sanitation at home. In that way we can ensure the water will stay clean.”

In Karungi-Kyababyara , 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 24, 2013

Today we brought the technician, Bosco, 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 Bosco will stay with the community. The community will provide accommodation and food for him.

January 29, 2013

Currently we are 3 ft. The soils are very rocky through which excavation is difficult. Today our Community Development Officer, Stephen,  visited the households to monitor latrine construction and to advise people how to improve their households.

February 7, 2013

We have hit water! Currently the technician is at 11 ft. The community is working hard. The work is though as the soils are rocky.  Also in Karungi-Kyababyara the community is already working to construct their latrines.

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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.