Bunyama B II Community

Regional Program:
Western Uganda WaSH Program

Latitude 1.93
Longitude 32.03

300 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

Bunyama is located in Kyankende Parish, Kiryandongo sub-County of Kiryandongo District.

Bunyama Community is full of peasant farmers who wake up as early as 6AM to work on their farms. After work, women and children return home and men venture to the local trading center to drink with friends. When there are crops to sell, women travel to the market to trade and earn money.

We interviewed Kabuubi Deogratious, a 51-year-old father to 14 children. He moved to this village 25 years ago because of constant land wars in his ancestral village of Mirya of Masindi District. He informed us that his children and wife work in his maize gardens in order to sell the crops at the end of every season. During the interview, he lamented about the broken water source which was constructed by the local government, sharing that it is the main source of water for him and numerous neighbors. “This water is visibly turbid and contaminated,” he observed.

Water Situation

We have already partnered with this village to construct a water source at one side, and this water source was named “Bunyama B”. This came at a time when the village already had access to a protected water source constructed by the local government. That older water source constructed by the local government broke down many months before, having sunk into soft soils (as shown in the pictures below) forcing the community to collect spillover water from the pump base’s cracks, which is very dangerous to their health. Over time, the entire water column became contaminated by surface runoff water, making it moot to only repair the pump.

People suffer from typhoid and diarrhea after drinking this water, especially the children.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

The main objectives are the use of latrines and observing proper hygiene practices, since these goals are inherently connected to the provision of clean water. Open defecation, water storage in unclean containers and the absence of hand-washing are all possible contaminants of a household water supply. Each participating village must achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by one latrine per household), prior to the pump installation for a shallow hand-dug well.

The CDO will continue to encourage each household to build an ideal homestead that includes: a latrine, hand-washing facility, a separate structure for animals, rubbish pit and drying rack for dishes.

We also implement the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners. This aims 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 the practice of 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.

Plans: Hand-Dug Well

Oyenboth Scovia is the current community development officer (CDO) for Kiryandongo sub-county who recently informed Mwereza Julius, the village chairman, that we plan to partner with Bunyama again. We plan to construct a shallow hand-dug well to replace the old one that fell into disrepair. This community has pledged to excavate the hole and provide local construction materials like sand, aggregates, hardcore and bricks. They will also provide food and accommodation for the technician we shall send to work with them during this partnership.

There will be 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, feces are spread all over the village and thus contaminate open water sources. We want to ensure that the community is able to live a healthy life that is free of preventable waterborne diseases.

Actual well construction will take four to six weeks if there are no challenges. The well will be lined with bricks and sealing clay, and finished with a Consallen pump.

Thank You for partnering with us to get clean water to the people living in Bunyama!

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Recent Project Updates

12/20/2017: A Year Later: Bunyama B II Community

A year ago, generous donors helped install a well with Bunyama B II 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, Scovia O. and Geoffrey Kusemererwa, with you.

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01/17/2017: Bunyama B II Community Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the members of Bunyama B II 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 the water and sanitation committee (WSC) chairman’s home. He has a large compound that provided enough seating and shelter in the case of rain.

The community development officer (CDO) invited six community members, two elders, one local council chairperson, and a village health trainee to participate. This gave us a total of 10 participants. By the end of training, the six community members had formed a Bunyama B II 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

August 5, 2016

Today we reported to this village to identify a suitable location for the project. The community was so helpful, and we easily selected a site for the project. We are now arranging to deploy a technician to this village who will guide the locals through the excavation process.

August 12, 2016

Excavation work has begun with good participation from the community.

August 19, 2016

Water was struck at 20ft and soil formations have become soft and require concrete rings to hold it together as we deepen.

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August 26, 2016

Due to a very high recharge, two drainers and a submersible pump had to be used to deepen the well up to the 28th foot. Concrete rings have been lowered, and brick work has commenced. The well has a water column of 8ft.

September 2, 2016

All masonry work is complete and the project waits installation. Both the top slab and the drainage channel were casted and a fence constructed.

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September 9, 2016

Today we returned to this village for installation and all was successful! The community is happy about the new water source and have pledged to keep it clean.

The WSC will continue to make household inspections to ensure that families are implementing new hygiene and sanitation practices. They have already started collecting fees for pump maintenance, and the committee will meet on a quarterly basis to talk about the same.

No longer do community members have to drink dirty surface water. Mr. Francis Abuyeka said, “The community members were always at risk due to the water snakes that would attack them as they would fetch water from the swamp. Their lives are now safer.”

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12/08/2016: Bunyama B II Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Bunyama Community in Uganda is underway. A new well is being excavated, 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 informed as the work continues.

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

12/06/2016: Schedule Changes

We were optimistic that this project would wrap up by the end of the year, but our program schedule for Uganda has been delayed. Please bear with us as we match you with the community you are helping. We hope to send an introduction your way soon!

Project Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Uganda, Kiryandongo, Kyankende, Bunyama
ProjectID: 6069
Install Date:  01/17/2017

A Year Later: Bunyama B II Community

December, 2017

With a new well, there are now 55 households drawn to Bunyama Village for its safe, clean water.

A year ago, generous donors helped install a well with Bunyama B II 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, Scovia O. and Geoffrey Kusemererwa with you.

Bunyama Village became Open Defecation Free (ODF) with 100% latrine coverage on October 19, 2016. We walked beside this community as they conducted their own appraisal and analysis of open defecation and took action. The community now has a great self-awareness of hygiene and sanitation, with many leaders who promote the adherence of good, healthy practices. Through the help of the water and sanitation committee, community members have been empowered to monitor sanitation in their vicinity and enforce bylaws.

Before this project was implemented, there were 38 households depending on dirty water coming from a broken source. With a new well, there are now 55 households drawn to Bunyama Village for its safe, clean water.

We met Andrew Okidele, who is the caretaker of this hand-dug well. He reports that “there are over 55 households using this water point, with each household paying 2,000 shillings a month as a water user fee. The committee currently has over 150,000 shillings saved. However, about 12 households still don’t pay this money – but still access the water point because the committee has agreed that they should go ahead and use the clean water because good health is important. The water is good for drinking with no bad smell.” He said that the village health team is still active, and “carries out surprise checks on the quality and number of latrines in the community.”

Our staff talking with Mr. Okidele and community members about restricting access to the well.

When visiting, we heard complaints that the well is sometimes locked for a long time. Though it should be locked from 7pm to 7am every evening, people said it could be locked for two or three days at a time. When digging in with Mr. Okidele, we found out that this is true; the water and sanitation committee has asked the pump stay locked until households pay their monthly fees. However, we strongly encouraged that the committee not restrict access to the entire community. Instead, Mr. Okidele could sit at the well with a list of people who have adhered to their monthly payments, allowing them to fetch their water.

Daphine and Rose fetching clean water at the well.

While we were talking about this, 16-year-old Daphine Owechi came to fetch water. She said that not only are there less waterborne diseases, but she’s glad to be away from the open water source. There were a lot of mosquitoes there, and she says “we were being bitten by mosquitoes which would cause malaria. Malaria would prevent us from going to school, and a lot of money would be spent on treatment.” With no stagnant water at this well, Daphine no longer worries about malaria when she’s fetching water.

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.


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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.