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Location: Uganda

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 145 Served

Project Phase:  Installed

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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 Kituumu-Bagambakamu, Uganda. At this stage of the project, GPS coordinates and number served are estimates.

People here normally wake up at six in the morning to start working on their farms. They need an early start to beat the scorching sun, and normally retire from the field around 11am before lunch. After lunch, locals try to find something to do inside. The man we interviewed, Mr. Simon Bihemaiso, works in a bicycle repair shop in the afternoon. After his supper, he stays at home and listens to the radio with his family.

Water Situation

Women and children are those most responsible for fetching water for their families. They have different surface water sources, such as swamps and puddles. Jerrycans are dunked into the water and carried home for cleaning, washing, watering, and most importantly, drinking purposes. Once the water is home, it is separated into different containers by use. Drinking water is covered and kept in the kitchen or common room, and the rest of the water is poured into larger plastic containers.

Since surface water is completely open to contamination, it is not safe for drinking. Family members, especially young children and the elderly, often suffer from water-related diseases. These include dysentery and cholera.

Sanitation Situation

Less than half of homes have their own pit latrine. Most of these don’t even have doors for privacy!

There are no hand-washing stations, either.  Simon Bihemaiso knows there is loss of life due to these poor conditions. Even if there was clean water for drinking, personal and environmental hygiene is important to keep that water clean. He told us, “Currently we have very poor health conditions! For example, recently Mr. Ochor Hillary lost his son called ‘Innocent Wanichani’ because of diarrhea.”

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 level – 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

12/06/2016: Kituumu-Bagambakamu Community

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the members of Kituumu-Bagambakamu 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 in the home of the Water and Sanitation Committee’s (WSC) chairman.

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. By the end of training, the six community members had formed a water and sanitation committee (WSC) that will manage and maintain the new well.

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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.

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Project Result: Hand-Dug Well

Construction for this well began on September 30th.

Men from the community worked to dig to a total depth of 23 feet, The well was measured to have a static water level of seven feet.

We expected the challenge of collapsing soil, and brought in concrete casings to stabilize the structure.

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Recharge was measured and deemed to be suitable, so the mason started on the well apron. Once the apron had cured, technicians worked with the community to install a new Consallen pump. The well is now providing water for the community, including Mr. Bihemaiso.

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11/10/2016: Kituumu-Bagambakamu Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Kituumu-Bagambakamu 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, Masindi, Kitanyata
ProjectID: 6068
Install Date:  12/06/2016

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.