Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 120 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2014

Functionality Status:  Water Flowing - Needs Attention

Last Checkup: 11/13/2021

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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 Kijune, Southern Zone community in Uganda:

Southern Zone is a sub village of Kijune, located in Kyankende (meaning monkey) Parish, Kiryandongo sub county in Kiryandongo District. The village is sparsely populated with most of its land arable. residents here spend most of their time farming and in the evening they go drinking from nearby bars in the village. According to Mr. Ematu Emma 23years old, Kijune Southern zone has a need for a access to clean and safe water. “At the moment this village draws water for general home use from the nearby open sources and they collect drinking water from the neighboring village which is two kilometers away”. When we asked him whether they wash the jerrycans which collected water from open sources before drawing clean drinking water his answer was NO. By implication, even the would be clean water is contaminated by the already dirty jerrycans they use to draw dirty water. Water born diseases are a common phenomenon in this village hence eating into both their productive time and money.

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 organized families  to form digging groups for latrine construction and empowered them with tools to use.

Construction Progress:

November 13, 2013

Today we visited this village to locate a suitable location for sinking the water source which was successful and also assigned one of our technicians Benya to assist this community till the well is complete. Benya will stay at one of the community members homes and the community will provide him with food until this project is complete. At the time we left this village, the depth of this well was 4ft. The community is determined to complete excavation of this well in the shortest possible time. Check out this update in the pictures below.

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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.


Project Sponsor - Linda Prible