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Location: Uganda

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 180 Served

Project Phase:  Installed

Functionality Status: 

Community Profile & Stories

This project is a part of our shared program with The Water Trust. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

Welcome to the Community

This hand-dug well will be installed in Kitanyata-Kyawako, Uganda. At this stage of the project, GPS coordinates and number served are estimates.

Kitanyata-Kyawako Village is located 26 kilometers northeast of Masindi Town, along Pakanyi Nyakarongo Road. This village can also be reached through Masindi Kigumba Road at a junction located in Kyatiri Town Board which is located 17km from Masindi. Despite easy access to water in general, the village lacks access to clean water. Its current water source is a muddy spring carpeted with algae. Common ailments reported among residents include diarrhea and malaria among numerous other waterborne diseases. All of these drain health, time, and finances for community members.

The village chief wrote a letter to request a well to help his people access clean water from a protected source. In his letter, he informed us that the residents of his village are in desperate need of clean and safe water, and that they are willing to contribute all local materials and labor to excavate the well. He further pledged to host the technician at his own home for the duration of the technician’s stay in the village.

Water Situation

Locals bring their yellow jerrycans to the stagnant water and dunk to fill them. Once water is delivered back home, it is separated into other containers by use. Drinking water is stored in covered clay pots, and water for domestic purposes is left in jerrycans.

After drinking this water, people report of complications like typhoid and diarrhea. Annet Tabu is a mother who lives here and shared a bit about the conditions. She said, “Kitanyata Health Center gets a lot of patients during the rainy season due to taking unsafe water from here. People suffer from cholera, diarrhea, and many other things.” These rainy seasons are especially dangerous because of all the waste that washes into their water source.

Sanitation Situation

No more than half of households have pit latrines, but most of them don’t have doors for privacy! Because of these poor conditions, most people opt for the privacy of trees and bushes.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

The main objectives of this program are to get locals to always have and use proper latrines, and to adopt proper hygiene practices. Open defecation, storing water in dirty containers, and no hand-washing are all possible contaminates of water supply at the household level. Providing clean water doesn’t go far when the water doesn’t even stay clean.

This 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, pens for animals, and a drying rack for dishes.

The training facilitator will implement the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach, which encourages local leaders to rise up and push the rest of their community to realize current practices at the individual household – particularly open defecation – are not only unhealthy, but affect the entire village. Community members will realize the negative consequences of their current water, sanitation and hygiene behaviors, and will be inspired to take action.

Plans: Hand-Dug Well

To prepare for this project, each family must have a latrine. They must dig a pit and build a superstructure. After hygiene and sanitation training, new practices must be adopted. Six to eight local men must volunteer to help excavate the hole for the new well, and the materials needed for construction must be delivered to the site.

If no technical issues, this project will progress at a fast pace, taking only four to six weeks. The well will be lined with bricks and sealing clay. Once the well pad has cured, a Consallen pump will be installed by our mechanics. And once our community engagement team verifies that each family has their own latrine, the pump handle will be attached and the community can begin accessing clean, safe water!

Recent Project Updates

12/20/2017: A Year Later: Kitanyata-Kyawako Community

A year ago, generous donors helped install a well with Kitanyata-Kyawako Community in Uganda. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partners, Simon Mugume and Geoffrey Kusemererwa, with you.

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12/06/2016: Kitanyata-Kyawako Community Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the members of Kitanyata-Kyawako Community and their families in Uganda have a new source of safe, clean water. A new well has been dug, and water is flowing. Community members have also received training in sanitation and hygiene, and plan to share what they learned with their families and neighbors. You made it happen, now help keep the water flowing! Join our team of monthly donors and help us maintain this well and many other projects.

The report below from our partner gives the latest details of the project. We also just updated the project page with new pictures. Make sure to click on the “See Photos & Video” tab to check them out!

Project Result: New Knowledge

Hygiene and sanitation training was held at Kitanyata Church of Uganda. This was a convenient meeting spot for community members since they were already traveling there on a weekly basis.

The community development officer (CDO) invited six community members, two elders, one local council chairperson, and a village health trainee to participate. The sub-county health assistant was also there to lend his support. The six community members formed a water and sanitation committee (WSC) that will manage and maintain the new well.

Training raised awareness on keeping water clean, routes of contamination, hand-washing, hygiene practices, and gender. Lessons also equipped the WSC with the right knowledge to do their job well, including managing finances and keeping records.

Since many locals are illiterate, our training facilitator used simple language and many pictures. Participants also formed small groups to discuss the pictures and what practices they illustrated. For each of the topics covered, participants created an action plan to help their community implement new sanitation and hygiene practices.

Mr. James Sunday is now the chairman of the WSC. He said, “Recently when you came with the Water and Sanitation Committee training, I looked at it as wastage of time. But I have come to realize that you were just helping us to improve the sanitation of our community. We shall then construct latrines and use them to improve the community health so as to avoid diseases related to water and sanitation. I am ready to volunteer in mobilizing and following up households to construct latrines and other hygiene facilities.”

Project Result: Hand-Dug Well

August 5, 2016

Today we delivered Ubeju Bosco the technician and his assistant Balikurungi Rashid to the site. A suitable location has been selected, and excavation well begin tomorrow.

August 12, 2016

Excavation has reached 13 feet with no water yet. The excavation team is hopeful that water will soon be struck.

August 19, 2016

We delivered concrete rings to the site and a rope to facilitate the excavation, which has already reached 15 feet.

August 26, 2016

This project has been halted due to technical reasons.

September 9, 2016

Due to soft and collapsing formations, concrete rings have been lowered and aligned to enable the technician to begin brick work. We believe that the rings will hold the collapsing soils.

September 16, 2016

At 23 feet deep, masonry work commenced when the community delivered all local materials. This project has a water column of 5 feet since water was struck at 18 feet deep.

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September 23, 2016

Brick work has commenced amidst heavy rainfall which is slowing down progress.

September 30, 2016

Today we measured the recharge, which we found to be suitable. Both the apron and drainage channel are complete. The community has also constructed a fence around the project.

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October 7, 2016

The project is now curing ahead of pump installation.

October 28, 2016

Today we installed the pump and the community was excited to see water flowing from their very own water source.

As of December 1st, the community started paying small fees to put in a bank account. This account will be saved in case of future repairs needed for the pump. There is also a well caretaker who lives adjacent to the pump. He will keep the area clean and oversee the pump.

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11/08/2016: Kitanyata-Kyawako Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Kitanyata-Kyawako Community in Uganda is underway. A new well is being constructed and the community will attend sessions on sanitation and hygiene practices. Together, these resources will go a long way toward stopping the spread of disease in the area. We just posted a report including information about the community, project details, and pictures. We’ll keep you posted as the work continues.

Click the tabs above to learn more, and Thank You for your help!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Uganda
ProjectID: 6066
Install Date:  12/06/2016

A Year Later: Kitanyata-Kyawako Community

December, 2017

But now, we can access the water point at any time of the day since it is near our homes.
The Village Health Team (VHT) confirmed to me that the levels of diarrhea disease decreased drastically after the water point was commissioned.

A year ago, generous donors helped install a well with Kitanyata-Kyawako Community in Uganda. Because of these gifts and contributions from our monthly donors, partners can visit project sites throughout the year, strengthening relationships with communities and evaluating the actual water project. These consistent visits allow us to learn vital lessons and hear amazing stories – we’re excited to share this one from our partners, Simon Mugume and Geoffrey Kusemererwa, with you.

With a catchment population of 30 households, this area was certified Open Defecation Free (ODF) with 100% latrine coverage on October 10, 2016. We walked beside this community as they conducted their own appraisal and analysis of open defecation and took action. Natural leaders were born as they took up the gauntlet in encouraging their neighbors to build latrines.

Officer Simon speaking with Benard about community life since the project last year.

We met Mr. Benard Murungi at the water point to talk about other changes he’s witnessed over the past year. “Before this water point, there were two cases reported of snake bites as the people were drawing water from the open water source. The parents would prevent their children from going to the water point alone in fear of being attacked by the reptiles. But now, we can access the water point at any time of the day since it is near our homes.
The Village Health Team (VHT) confirmed to me that the levels of diarrhea disease decreased drastically after the water point was commissioned.”

The children who came to fetch clean water from the well.

Children gathered round as we conducted our interview. 13-year-old Nicholas said that the water doesn’t smell like what he used to drink. He said, “the water is safe to drink even if it isn’t boiled, and you won’t get any stomach problems.” Sharon also came by to fetch water for her family. She said she “doesn’t have to walk long distances, since this water point is nearer.” She said she used to walk 30 minutes to the old source, but now it only takes 10 minutes.

The Water Project and our partners are committed to consistent monitoring of each water source. Our monitoring and evaluation program, made possible by monthly donors, allows us to visit communities up to 4 times a year. Read more about our program and how you can help.

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.