Kihura Tegot

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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 2.00
Longitude 32.07

240 Served

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Stories and 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 Kihura Tegot community in Uganda:


Kihura Tegot is a small village in Kyankende parish, Kiryandongo sub-county, Kirandongo District with about forty households and is famous for cereal production.  According to Mr. Abitegeka Peter, 42, born of this village, married with three children, wild animals are a threat to the residents as they go to the spring located at one side of the village. Some times these animal follow them up an end up destroying their gardens.

Arising from the above, Mr. Okello Vincent, the village chairman, wrote a letter to The Water Trust requesting a water source to enable this community access clean water. In his letter, he affirmed that the community was ready with all locally available materials like one trip of sand sand , a trip of hardcore, 2000 bricks, the man power to excavated the well and accommodation of the technician while he helps them in construction of this well.

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:

June 20, 2014

Asuman the technician arrived into the community of Kihura Tegot late last week and set to work with the community reaching the water table this week working through the soft soil formation. With the rain season coming to an end, the community has mobilized to work on the community access road to ensure that the delivery of materials on site.

June 30, 2014

This week the community volunteers and Asuman the technician continued to make good progress with the excavation and began the process of  deepening the well. The community was also true to their word and worked on clearing up the overgrown community access road to the water point which allowed for the delivery of community contributed materials.

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

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

10/27/2014: Kihura Tegot Project Complete

We are excited to report that the community of Kihura Tegot has a new source of safe, clean water!  A new hand-dug well has been constructed, replacing the unprotected open spring as the primary source of water.  The update below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project:

July 4, 2014

This week the excavation team reached the water table of 6 ft and continued the process of deepening the well as the soil formation appears to be stable.

July 11, 2014

The recharge for this well is very is very high which is slowing down the excavation process. Asuman the technician will have to deepen the well to increase the well volume and towards the end of the week should be able to start bricking up the well.

July 18, 2014

During the deepening process Ausman the technician reported that the soil formation had changed to a softer one and as a result there was evidence of running mud. He was advised to add a foot of hardcore into the well base to stabilize the running mud situation which worked. The recharge has been measured and it remains high.  Maurice the TWT assistant Technical Supervisor has given Ausman the go ahead to clean and cover the well in preparation for installation after a week.

July 24, 2014

All masonry work has been concluded on this well and has been left set as we organize to install it. We shall keep you updated.

August 6, 2014

Today we delivered a smile to the community of Kihura Tegot when we installed the pump. The community is happy about this development and the relief from contaminated water.

Don’t miss the new pictures and video of the finished well. Let’s hear it for clean water, health lives, and unlocked potential! Thank You for your help! 

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07/14/2014: Kihura Tegot Project Underway

We are excited to announce that the village of Kihura Tegot 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  and pictures.  We’ll keep you posted as the work continues and more information becomes available.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kyankende Parish, Kiryandongo sub county, Kiryandongo District
ProjectID: 664
Install Date:  10/27/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Water Quality: Unknown

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.