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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 1.83
Longitude 32.00

180 Served

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The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on the construction of a new hand-dug well in the The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on the construction of a new hand-dug well in the Kiburamatu community in Uganda:


Kiburamatu is a Peri-urban village located near Kigumba Town with most of the residents who engage in Argo-produce business and small holder farming. Residents here are mostly traders who buy maize seeds from nearby villages and resale them to traders who come with trucks to collect them in bulk and take them to for processing.

This village of about 180 people does not have any water source. they collect water from a nearby village called Kyamugenyi which is about three kilometers away and at this water source, there is always a long queue hence making fetching water a hectic job. This village also has sanitation challenges as people spread feaces all over the trading center since there is no single public latrine, and most households do not have latrines of their own. Even public paces like restaurants and bars don’t have latrines and their customers are left with using the bush as the only alternative.

At the time of our  baseline, ten out of thirty three households had improved latrines and two households confessed to practicing open defecation. We also found twenty one households with pits excavated and all were under construction. We also found two hand washing facilities at two homesteads.Our community development officer Godfrey has on several occasions  visited this community to educate them on sanitation and also mobilized them to apply for a water source from the Water Trust, which they did.

The Water Trust will have an intensive program to provide access to clean water and sanitation in this village.  The community will participate in excavating and constructing the water source. In the mean time the aim is that all households own an improved latrine. Many households don’t use a latrine but use the bush. Due to open defecation, faeces are spread all 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 life and free of preventable diseases. We endeavor that at the end of our presence in the community; people have both access to sustainable clean water and access to sanitation. As a strategy to achieve is, we don’t commission the water source until all households have latrines. At the moment, we have organised families  to form digging groups for latrine construction and empowered them with tools to use.

Construction Progress:

September 3, 2013

Today we delivered all materials and a 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 6, 2013

We visited this community for follow up on construction progress and found all moving on well. Excavation began and currently the site is 5ft deep.

September 11, 2013

Today we visited this site and found work progressing on well.  Currently this site is 19ft and today we hit water.

September 17, 2013

Excavation work has completed at 27ft. Masonry work will begin immediately with brick work. when all is complete, we shall install the pump for people to enjoy clean and safe water. The water source has a water column of 8ft.

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Recent Project Updates

11/13/2013: Kiburamatu Project Complete!

We are excited to report per the update below from our partner in the field, the project to create a new source of safe, clean water in Kiburamatu, Uganda, is complete:

September 28, 2013

All masonry work is complete and the well has been left to set before we can install the pump head.

October 2, 2013

Today we installed the pump and the community was excited about this development. Access to clean and safe water is no longer an issue to this community. Take a look at the pictures we captured to share with you below.

We just posted the latest pictures and a new video from Kiburamatu on the site.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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09/26/2013: Water Coming To Kiburamatu

We are very pleased to announce that the work to construct a new well in Kiburamatu, Uganda is almost finished. We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community and pictures of the project. We’ll let you know as soon as it is finished. Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kigumba Town Council, Kigumba Sub county, Kiryandongo District, Uganda
ProjectID: 646
Install Date:  10/02/2013

Monitoring Data
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Water Quality: Meets WHO Standards
Well Depth:  27.00M

Country Details


Population: 27 million
Lacking clean water: 36%
Below poverty line: 37%

Partner Profile

The Water Trust partners with rural communities in Uganda to establish and sustain access to safe water and healthy, clean environments for children to survive infancy and develop to their potential. The Water Trust’s program approach emphasizes community empowerment to enable the community to lead and sustain improvements in water, sanitation, hygiene, and general management of environmental health risks.