Kihaguzi Mbiise Village

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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 1.82
Longitude 31.69

150 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 Mihaguzi Mbiise community in Uganda:


Kihaguzi Mbiise is a small village located 15 kilometers from Masindi town centre  on the road that lead  to Murchison Falls National Park. Located in Kihaguzi parish, Pakanyi sub county, this village is known for cereal production as it is endowed with fertile soils. Everyone in the village lends a hand working the garden plots, including the children over the holidays. However, residents of this community lack access to clean water. Majority of the community rely on fetching water from open sources whose waterway are shared with wildlife from the National Park. Poor sanitation conditions like open defecation in the bush instead of using a latrine  has made communities vulnerable to waterborne diseases like  bilharzia, diarhorrea and dysentery

The Water Trust (TWT) 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 meantime the aim is that all households own an improved latrine. Many households do not use a latrine but use the bush. Due to the practice of open defecation, faeces are spread all over the village and contaminate open water sources.  Our aim is to ensure that the community is able to live a healthy life, free of preventable waterborne diseases. We strive to work in partnership with the community to access safe clean water and improved sanitation.

Construction Progress:

May 6, 2014

Benya the technician has just been reassigned this week to work with the community of Kihaguzi Mbiise.

May 15, 2014

Community participation of Kihaguzi Mbiise has been tremendous Benya and Asuman the new technician excavating the well to 31 ft over the week. This effort has been equally impressive given that the formation of the well is hard and according to Benya the technician, the recharge looks good. Well done to the active participation of the community of Kihaguzi Mbiise during the rainy season!

In addition to the new well, our partner in the field conducts training in sanitation and hygiene, including encouraging and helping the community install latrines which help prevent the spread of disease.

Sanitation and hygiene progress

The main objectives of TWT’s Sanitation and Hygiene Program are the use of latrines and observing proper hygiene practices as these goals are inherently connected to the provision of clean water.  Open defecation, water storage in unclean containers and the absence of hand washing at critical times are all possible contaminates to the water supply at the household level.  TWT leverages this relationship, by requiring each participating village to achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by one latrine per household), prior to the pump installation for a shallow hand dug well.  Using the immediate gratification of clean water as an impetus, TWT works toward sustainable, interdisciplinary WASH development.

The Water Trust’s social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) per village.  The CDO encourages each household to build an ideal homestead that includes: a latrine with hand-washing facility, a rubbish pit, separate structure for animals and drying rack for dishes.

Community Led Total Sanitation

The Water Trust implements the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners.  TWT facilitates a CLTS session in which we aim to improve the sanitation and hygiene practices and behaviors of a village.  During these sessions, village leaders naturally emerge and push the community to realize that current practices of individual households – particularly open defecation– are not only unhealthy, but affect the entire village.  CLTS facilitates a process in which community members realize the negative consequences of their current water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors and are inspired to take action.  Group interactions are frequent motivators for individual households to: build latrines, use the latrines and demand that other households do the same.

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Recent Project Updates

06/17/2014: Kihaguzi Mbiise Project Complete

We are excited to report that the water project in Kihabuzi Mbiise in Uganda is complete!  A new well has been constructed and the community has been trained in proper sanitation and hygiene.  The report updates below from our partner in the field give the latest details:

May 22, 2014

Construction work on the well has been completed and Kagwa the technician has measured the recharge which is good.  Benya and Asuman the technicians will cover the well with the slab for the pump base and work on the drainage channel next week.

May 30, 2014

Today the pump was installed and water is flowing. The community is very happy about this development and are so grateful to the Water Trust for availing to them clean and safe water.

We just posted a set of new pictures showing the completed project and the great difference between their new source of water and what they used before.  Now that’s progress!  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : uganda663-23-2

05/22/2014: Kihaguzi Mbiise Project Underway

We are excited to announce that the village of Kihaguzi Mbiise in Uganda will soon have a source of safe, clean water.  In addition to a new well, the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease within the community.  We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

The Water Project : uganda663-01

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kihaguzi parish Pakanyi sub-county, Masindi district, Uganda
ProjectID: 663
Install Date:  06/17/2014

Monitoring Data
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Water Quality: Meets National Standards
Well Depth:  31.00M

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.