Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 120 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Mar 2013

Functionality Status:  Needs Some Attention

Last Checkup: 03/27/2019

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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.

Project Updates

05/01/2013: Water Is Flowing In Karungi-Kyababyara!

We are excited to report that construction is complete, the well has been installed, and the community of Karungi-Kyababyara in Uganda now has a source of safe, clean water.  The updates on the progress of the project below are straight from our partner in the field:

February 14, 2013

Construction is moving well and we hit water!. The community is active and helps the technician in excavation. This week we brought materials to the site. Our Community Development Officer, Stephen, is in the village on a regular basis to monitor the construction of latrines. He visits the households to talk with them and to provide advice how to improve the household in such a way that it becomes a clean and safe place.

February 22, 2013

The construction is going fast. Currently, the depth is 19 ft. The technician is already brick lining the well.

February 26, 2013

The construction is almost finished. The excavation is done and currently the technician is finishing the platform.

February 28, 2013

The construction is finished! The community has now more time to focus on the construction of their latrines.

March 5, 2013

Today, we installed the water source. The community is very happy with the new and clean water source!

What great news.  Don’t miss the new pictures of the completed project as well as the new video!  And Thank You for your help!

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02/11/2013: Karungi-Kyababyara Project Underway!

We are excited to report that construction has begun on a hand-dug well in Karungi-Kyababyara, Uganda.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, updates on construction, pictures, and a video from the site.

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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.