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Location: Uganda

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 500 Served

Project Phase:  Installed

Functionality Status: 

Community Profile & Stories

Maizimarungi is located in Kikingura of Masindi, Uganda. GPS coordinates are estimates during the early stages of this project. We also estimate there to be at least 100 households who rely on surface water here.

The day starts early for people living in Maizimarungi. Farmers can be seen walking to their farms as early as 6AM. Sugarcane is the most popular crop since it sells the best in this area. All adults tend to spend the morning hours in the farm to beat the afternoon sun.

If there is sugarcane available to sell, a wife will gather the crops in a basket and take them to the closest trading center. She sets up shop all afternoon and returns home in time to prepare dinner for her husband, who has remained on the farm. After dinner, people spend their time socializing and drinking.

Water Situation

Water is fetched from stagnant water near the village. This surface water is swampy and highly contaminated. Unfortunately, community members have no other option. The water must be used for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and all other domestic needs.

Locals bring plastic jerrycans to dunk and fill at the lake or swamp. Children often just carry a cup to get a quick drink. Before dunking a container in the water, algae must be pushed aside.

Waterborne disease is an issue, especially for the children. There are constant complaints of stomach pain accompanied with diarrhea.

Sanitation Situation

Not every family has a pit latrine. A quarter of families in this area either share a latrine with their neighbors or use the privacy of bushes. However, many households have their own bathing room to practice personal hygiene. We have included some examples under the “See Photos & Video” tab of what a typical home, kitchen, and latrine look like in Uganda. We were not able to get any pictures of households in Maizimarungi, except for those seen behind a community meeting.

We felt optimistic after our assessment of sanitation in Maizimarungi. Open defecation isn’t really an issue, because health workers have already been active here. People know what needs to be done, but are looking for clean water to meet these goals.

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.

This social program includes the assignment of one Community Development Officer (CDO) to each village. The CDO encourages 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

The community will participate in excavating and constructing the water source. In the meantime the aim is that all households own an improved latrine. When there is open defecation, feces spread all over the village. This leads to waterborne diseases and contamination of groundwater and surface water. Our aim is that the community is able to live a healthy life free of preventable diseases. We endeavor that at the end of our presence in the community, people will have both access to sustainable, clean water and access to sanitation. We have now organized families to form digging groups for latrine construction, and empowered them with tools to use.

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 Maizimarungi Community!

Recent Project Updates

01/18/2017: Maizimarungi Community Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the members of Maizimarungi 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 well caretaker’s home, since it is nearest to the water point. This made it convenient for us to hold training sessions on the operations and maintenance of the new hand-dug well.

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, Mr. Mugerwa, was also there to lend his support. Two CDOs, Stephen and Simon, trained these participants.

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By the end of training, the six community members had formed a Chongolima WSC that will manage and maintain the new well. The six will have roles as follows: WSC chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, two well caretakers, and mobilizer.

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.

The WSC has already started leading community meetings every two months to talk about hygiene and sanitation. The WSC, village health team and local council will also conduct household inspections to make sure that each family does their part to build and use sanitation facilities and improve hygiene standards.

Project Result: Hand-Dug Well

Our technicians led the excavation efforts. Pickaxes were provided to able-bodied local men who helped us dig down through hard soil to soft. As the team began to hit water, they needed to use a submersible pump to bail and make room for digging deeper.

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When positive of a great water column, the mason began bricking up the walls. This was then covered with the well’s concrete slab and left to cure for no less than a week. The Consallen pump was delivered to the site where our technician led the community step by step through installation.

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Monthly fees will be collected and saved for pump maintenance. The WSC is also enforcing rules for behavior at the well, such as tying back hair and removing shoes when drawing water.

Local farmer Robert Katisiime has already witnessed the impact clean water is having on his community. “The community is very grateful for the water point because it is serving two school and the entire community. Before, the children going to school were using the open water source and suffered from diseases like diarrhea and scabies. Today with the improved shall hand-dug well, there is an improvement in the health of the children.”

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12/13/2016: Maizimarungi Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Maizimarungi 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!

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12/06/2016: Change in Schedule

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 plan to send an introduction your way soon!

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Project Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Uganda, Masindi, Kikingura, Maizimarungi
ProjectID: 6071
Install Date:  01/18/2017


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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.