Mombi Community

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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 1.91
Longitude 32.07

190 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 Mombi community in Uganda:


Mombi is a densely populated village with an estimated 1020 households, located in Kyankende parish, Kiryandongo sub county, Kiryandongo District. According to Mr. Okello Aludo 55 years who migrated from Jinja district to this village in search for farm land says that he stopped collecting water from the protected springs in the village as he used to suffer from typhoid until when he decided to be collecting drinking water from a borehole in the neighboring village three kilometers away.

Mr. Ochana Adimar the village chairman wrote a letter to The Water Trust requesting for a water source to enable this community access clean water. He was concerned that with the population growth of the village, the emerging issues of waterborne diseases could begin to overtake the village. He noted that the community is ready to host the technician that would be sent to construct the well and that the community has already mobilized locally available materials such as the 2000 bricks, one trip of hard core and one trip of sand.

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 13, 2014

The community was ready to begin  the excavation process with Richard the technician before the owner of the land raised concerns about the well on his land prompting the community to re-site  to a new location and kick off the excavation process. Presently excavation work is 8ft deep.

June 20, 2014

Richard and the community volunteers worked steadily this week on the excavation process before hitting solid bedrock formation at 14 ft resulting in the need to re site to yet another location. A community meeting was held to explain the need to shift once again and the community remains positive identifying a third location and beginning the process afresh. Soil formation on this third location is hard and work continues at a much slower pace. Community spirit remains positive.

June 30, 2014

This week the community worked tirelessly with Richard excavating the well to an impressive 27 ft. Towards the end of the week, Maurice the TWT assistant technical supervisor reported that the well had started to collapse and so we delivered 4 concrete rings to stabilize the walls. We continue to closely monitor the situation.

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

10/30/2014: Mombi Community Project Complete!

After some unforeseen delays, we are very excited to report that the project to bring clean water to Mombi Community in Uganda is complete.  A new shallow well has been constructed and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the timeline for the status of the project:

July 4, 2014

The week started off positively with the well reaching 35ft however midweek the well collapsed and it was noted that the recharge was so low registering only 12ltrs of water overnight. Understandably the community is in low spirits and a rest break has been suggested while the technical team assess other viable options for this community.

July 11, 2014

The technical team conducted an assessment of the surrounding area in Mombi village to establish if there was another suitable location for another attempt at a hand dug well. Further consultation is needed with the District Water Office before we move forward. The two previous wells have been covered up for safety.

July 31, 2014

This process has taken longer than anticipated as the technical team did locate a suitable location but the community had difficulties trying to reach the owner of the land to obtain permission to sink shallow well  Unfortunately permission was declined and so the technical team will return to the village to undertake another assessment and explore any other viable options.  We continue to follow up with the community on this issue.

August 08, 2014

Kagwa the TWT Technical Supervisor returned to Mombi and managed to locate another potenital site to construct a shallow hand dug well. The community are also ready to begin their fourth attempt and are awaiting an available technician to be assigned to teh community.

August 28, 2014

Benya the technician with the help of the community they have managed to excavate this well to 13 ft reaching the water table. Delivery of materials to the site has hit a snag as it has rained heavily making the road impassible for the tipper truck to reach the site. The technician has received a drainer to help in flushing out the water from the well during the excavation process.

September 5, 2014

Excavation hit a bed rock at 13ft and the construction team on site in consultation with Maurice the assistant technical supervisor  has decided to break the sides of the bottom to cover for the expected ten fit height. The equivalence of ten feet the technician is expected to excavate a diameter of 3 meters. The community is positive and ready to continue with the participation.

September 12, 2014

One trip of sand, one trip of bricks and one trip of hardcore have been delivered to site as both the community and the technician continue to enlarge the well diameter to increase on the well storage capacity.

September 25, 2014

Excavation work has continued with fresh challenges of a freshly formed rock that has lead to the withdrawal of many community members from participation. The technician is continuing to enlarge the well diameter to increase on the well storage capacity. The current depth of this well is 15ft and has a water column of 2ft at the moment.

October 2, 2014

This week Benya the technician managed to complete the excavation works on this well reaching 15 ft. In addition, a  concrete ring was  lowered into the well and filled with hardcore to stabilize the walls before bricking up and  completing the well with a protection wall  packed with clay for filtration.  The recharge was measured and the water was treated with chlorine to disinfect the well.

October 10,2014

The well has been covered and construction works have been completed and left to set before installation next week. A fence has been constructed around the well  and the site cleared of construction materials.

October 13, 2014

Today the community of Mombi will finally get to access clean and safe water from their newly constructed shallow hand dug well as Maurice the Assistant Technical Supervisor for TWT has installed the pump.It is a real day of celebration for the community whom have persevered with TWT to establish a functioning shallow hand dug well to be enjoyed by the community for years to come.

We just posted a new set of pictures and a video showing the finished project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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07/14/2014: Mombi Project Underway

We are excited to announce that the village of Mombi 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!

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kyankende Parish, Kiryandongo sub county, Kiryandongo District, Uganda
ProjectID: 665
Install Date:  10/30/2014

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Water Quality: Unknown
Well Depth:  15.00M

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.