Kifuruta II Central

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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 1.85
Longitude 31.94

180 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 Kifuruta II Central Village in Uganda:


Kifuruta II Central is one of the under-served areas of Kiryandongo District that lacks many basic facilities to prevent numerous diseases from affecting its inhabitants. Located in Mboira parish, Kigumba sub-county in Kiryandongo district, Kifuruta II, a home to about 180 people rely on a single open water source (pictured below) for drinking, cooking, bathing and washing clothes. The major economic activity in this village is small scale farming with maize, beans and cassava as the major cash crops. Mr. Emukol Francis a 54 years old and father of 10 has lived in this village for the last 30 years and says that apart from the need to access clean water, this village is blessed with fertile soils and a conducive climate for most crops to grow and it is the reason he and many other people migrated there.

The village chairperson Mrs. Odaga Joyce wrote a letter to The Water Trust requesting for a protected water source. In her application letter, she affirmed that the community is ready to provide labor and all locally available materials such as 2000 bricks, one trip of hard core, one trip of sand, volunteers to excavate the well and ready to host the technician with food and accommodation.

The Water Trust will have an intensive program to provide access to clean water and sanitation. The community will participate in excavating and constructing the water source. In the mean time the aim is that all households have access to a latrine. Many households don’t use a latrine but use the bush. Due to open defecation, faeces are spread 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 live, free of preventable diseases. Therefore we endeavor that at the end of our presence in the community, people have both access to sustainable clean water and access to sanitation.

Sanitation And Hygiene Strategy

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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03/24/2015: New Video From Kifuruta II Central

Just a quick note to let you know we just posted a video we received from our partner of the new water project in Kifuruta II Central.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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03/03/2015: Kifuruta II Project Complete

We are excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, Kifuruta II Central has a new source of safe, clean water. A new well has been constructed and the community has received training in sanitation and hygiene.  The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on the progress of the project:

January 16, 2015

Today we took Christopher the technician to Kifuruta II central where he is going to work with the community until the project is complete. He was received by one of the residents who will provide him with both food and accommodation during this period of construction. We also sited a suitable location where the well is going to be sunk.

January 23, 2015

Excavation work is moving on with low community participation. Presently the well is 11ft deep and water is not yet struck. The soil formation has also changed to hard literate. Christopher the technician says that he has not lost hope much as the community seem to be withdrawing their labor.

January 30, 2015

At 14ft, water was struck! This brought happiness to the community members who had started doubting and have since been motivated. Today excavation works hit the 18th foot and the well has a water column of 4ft. Soil formation has also changed to soft and collapsing. Christopher has also changed tactic to deepening method to overcome the collapsing formation.

February 2, 2015

Work is progressing slowly at this site due to the bad soil formation and the deepening method which requires Christopher to brick up every foot he excavates. The well is now 21ft deep and has a water column of 7ft.

February 13, 2015

Two more feet have been excavated this week and a concrete ring was lowered to support the walls of the well from collapsing. The slow progress at this site is due to the poor soil formation.

February 20, 2015

At 23ft with a water column of 9ft, all masonry work has been concluded. Installation for the same site has been scheduled for next week.

As you can see from the pictures, that pump is installed and providing clean water to very grateful community members.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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12/31/2014: Kifuruta II Central Project Underway

We know you have been waiting for quite a while to hear news of the project you have helped fund. We are excited to announce that Kifuruta II Central Village in Uganda will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A new well will be constructed, and the community will receive training in sanitation and hygiene. Together these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted an initial report from our partner in the field including information about the community and a few pictures. Soon we hope to have more information and more pictures. We’ll certainly let you know as soon as we do.

Take a look, and Thank You for your help!

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12/08/2014: Rain Delay

Have you ever been to a baseball game and had to wait while the rain fell on the field? We face the same frustration in the work of bringing clean water. We know you have been waiting to hear about a new shallow well project in Uganda. The most recent rainy season in Uganda has been unexpectedly wet, causing our partner to delay construction.  Shallow wells are very dependent on stable soil formations, and lots of rain diminishes that stability.  

But clean water is needed, and our partner is determined.  The work will commence as soon as possible.  We’ll keep you posted as the project moves forward.

Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Mboira Parish, Kigumba Sub-County, Kiryandongo District
ProjectID: 674
Install Date:  02/28/2015

Monitoring Data
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Water Quality: Unknown
Well Depth:  7.00M

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.