Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 160 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Sep 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 03/06/2024

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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 Nyinga II – Ssese Island community in Uganda:


Nyinga II – Ssese Island, a village with very fertile soils is found in Kiryandongo sub county and is home to the Kuku tribe that migrated from South Sudan. Residents here engage in commercial farming by the fact that soils here are very fertile and sale their produce to dealers who collect them from their cribs at the end of every season. There are a few cattle herds in this village that provide milk to residents.

Unlike other villages where we have worked, Nyinga II Ssese Island was found to be quite unique! We found this village open defecation free. All the 32 homesteads in this village have improved latrines, bath shelters, rubbish pits, drying racks, hand washing facilities with soap and the general sanitation of this village is quite good. This village is however faced with water scarcity. As a result, people here end up collecting water from open contaminated sources hence exposing them to water born diseases.

Having fulfilled the sanitation requirement, The Water Trust is going pattern with this village to construct a water source that will provide clean and safe water to this village. The village members will be required to excavate the well at a suitable location and also provide all local materials like sand and bricks. On the other part, The Water Trust will will provide all technical support, cement, transport for all materials and all hardware materials including a pump-head and pipes. The community will further provide accommodation and food to our technician who will reside at one of the community member’s home till this project is complete.

Construction Progress:

August 27, 2013

Today we delivered all materials and Bosco the technician to this village where he will stay at one of the resident’s home till this project is complete. The community will provide him both food and accommodation till the well is complete. We also located a suitable location for the well with the residents and commissioned construction work.

September 2, 2013

We visited this community for follow up on construction progress and found all moving on well. Excavation began and currently the site is 10ft deep.

September 5, 2013

Today we hit water at 14ft and excavation is progressing on well.

September 10, 2013

Excavation work is complete and this well is 22ft with a water column of 8ft. Our technician on site will begin masonry work tomorrow.

September 17, 2013

Today all masonry work was completed and the well is set to be installed. Its now covered to allow it cure before the pump can be installed.

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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.


Project Sponsor - First Baptist Church of Maryville