Kinyara West

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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 1.77
Longitude 32.04

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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 Kinyara West community in Uganda:


Kinyara West is famous for producing grain. Located in Kigya parish, Kigumba sub-county, Kiryandongo District the area also grows beans and cassava. Some areas are rich with very fertile soils and good yields, many people migrated to this village who caused a population outburst and scramble for the  resources like water and demand for health services which are not enough. This densely populated village does not have access to clean and safe water. The nearest protected source is located 3km away which makes fetching clean water a six kilometer journey

Mr. Mugumya John 46, a father of seven children who migrated to this village to farm says that this village would be a better place when clean water is brought near them. At the moment they collect turbid water from open sources which are highly contaminated and are the major cause of waterborne diseases.

The community was compelled to address this issue of access to clean water following a sensitization program on one of the local radio stations and requested the village chairman Mr. Emilio Adyaka to write a letter to The Water Trust to request for a second hand dug well on the other end of the village. He noted that the community was already in the process of mobilizing the  locally available materials such as the  bricks, hard core and 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                 

Benya the technician had begun to excavate the site with the community but hit water at 6ft which meant that the well had to be re-sighted. The second attempt was much more promising with the team reaching 37 ft.

July 18, 2014

Benya has worked hard with the community volunteers this week to  reach a water column of 7ft.  The soil formation at this site is hard on one side and soft on the other making the excavation process a little tricky. Kagwa the TWT technical supervisor has advised that Benya continues to work towards achieving an ideal water column of  10ft- 12 ft and to start deepening the well.

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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02/05/2015: New Video From Kinyara West Posted

Just a quick note to let you know we just posted a video from Kinyara West in Uganda. The video shows the installation of the pump, the completed project, and lots of grateful community members.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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09/09/2014: Kinyara West Project Complete

We are  very excited to report that the project to build a new hand dug well in Kinyara West, Uganda, is complete!  The well is finished and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease, and unlocking potential.  The report below from our partner in the field gives the latest status of the project and some details about the timeline:

July 25, 2014

This week Benya and the community volunteer team managed to excavate a further 2 ft to successfully obtain a water column of 12ft. In addition 1000 more bricks have been delivered on site for Benya to line the walls of the well.

July 31, 2014

Progress on the well continues to move along steadily. Benya has begun to brick up the sides of the well as he waits for the bottom to set. Once the base has set he will work to increase the water column from 12 to 15 ft to ensure a high recharge for this well. He should be able to complete the well next week and let it rest for seven days before installation.

August 8, 2014

This week the delivery of additional 100 bricks was delayed due to the heavy rains and impassable roads to the village of Kinyara- however, Hassan the Tipper Truck Driver was able to deliver the bricks by Wednesday and Benya continued to brick up the well. The well should then be left to rest for a week before installation.

August 15, 2014

Benya the technician and the volunteers have managed to excavate a well of 51ft and reached an impressive water column of 14 ft! Earlier in the week Kagwa the TWT Technical Supervisor went and measured the recharge and was pleased with the results.  He gave Benya the technician to go ahead and work on covering the well and constructing the apron before completing the fence around the water point with the community volunteers by the end of the week.

August 26, 2014

Today was a day of big celebration for the community of Kinyara West as the pump was installed for the community to access safe water. This was an equally special celebration as Godfrey the TWT CDO  also presided over a special handover ceremony  for this water point with the community leaders. This water project was made possible through the donations from Erick’s Hope in the memory of Erick George Brown (1996- 2008) whom despite his own troubling health problems took the time to help others through participating in tutoring programs  and feeding hungry children.

Don’t miss the latest pictures of the finished project.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

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07/28/2014: Kinyara West Project Underway

We are excited to announce that the village of Kinyara West 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:  Kigya parish, Kigumba sub-county, Kiryandongo District, Uganda
ProjectID: 667
Install Date:  09/08/2014

Monitoring Data
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Water Quality: Unknown
Well Depth:  37.00M


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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.