Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 180 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Oct 2013

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 06/11/2024

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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 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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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.