Nyakagando Community

Regional Program:
Western Uganda WaSH Program

Latitude 1.69
Longitude 31.71

500 Served

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Stories and Community Profile

Nyakagando Community is located in Kikuube Parish, Kigumba sub-County of Kiryandongo, Uganda. GPS coordinates are estimates during the early stages of this project. We also estimate there to be hundreds living in this area.

This hilly village with gentle slopes is largely a farming area with many small garden plots. Cassava, beans, maize and soybeans are the major crops grown. In some parts of the village, families rear cattle which supply fresh milk to other village members. The food grown in Nyakagando is enough to feed both their own families and those of other villages. This village, however, is lacking clean and safe water. Residents fetch water from open sources which are also shared by birds and domestic animals.

Mr. Simon Majara is a 73-year-old man who was born in this village. He believes that living in this village will get better when the problem of water is resolved. He attributed the rampant diarrhea and typhoid in his village to taking water from open sources. The one old borehole drilled by the local government has broken and nobody is able to fix it. There is also a hand-dug well that is both far away and always crowded.

Water Situation

Since the borehole drilled by the government broke down, over one hundred families rely on one hand-dug well. This well is no less than one kilometer away, and also attracts users from other villages. Thus, those living far away in Nyakagando often choose to collect their water from closer, open areas. Children will be sent to fetch water and return with jerrycans full of swamp water. Because of such a water shortage in Nyakagando, waterborne diseases are a part of life. These especially affect small children, giving them painful stomachaches, diarrhea, and worms.

Sanitation Situation

A little over half of households have their own pit latrine, leaving a good portion of people without their own place to use the bathroom. Those without latrines either share with neighbors or find privacy in the bushes. There aren’t any hand-washing stations to clean up after using the bathroom, either.

Thankfully, work to improve this situation has already begun. Families are learning from each other, find out what kind of facilities will help them live healthier lives. Some women have already had their husbands build dish racks for outside the kitchen, which can be seen under the “See Photos & Video” tab.

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, which 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 Nyakagando Community!

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Recent Project Updates

12/20/2017: A Year Later: Nyakagando Community

A year ago, generous donors helped install a well with Nyakagando 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, Geoffrey Kusemererwa and Sovia O. with you.

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01/19/2017: Nyakagando Community Project Complete

We are very excited to report that, thanks to your willingness to help, the members of Nyakagando 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 Kinuuma Church of Uganda, where locals are already accustomed to meeting. It was attended by a total of 10 community members, all of who were recruited by the community development officer (CDO). Six of these now form the water and sanitation committee (WSC) which will oversee well maintenance and sanitation improvements in their village. The others were two local leaders, one local council chair, and the village health trainee (VHT).

Training taught committee members about their different roles. There is a 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. They are now able to be effective ambassadors of good hygiene, sanitation, and health in their neighborhoods.

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 is already meeting on a monthly basis, and will soon start facilitating community meetings to promote good hygiene and sanitation. These six members will also go house to house to inspect facilities and observe behavior at least once a month.

Project Result: Hand-Dug Well

Construction for this hand-dug well began on September 2, 2016.

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. As the soil got softer, concrete rings were lowered to prevent collapse.

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When positive of an adequate 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.


The well is measured to be 24 feet deep with a static water level of nine feet. Nyakagando Community’s hand-dug well is now providing families with an adequate supply of clean, safe water.

We checked in with WSC Chairman Francis Magezi. “Previously, we were using an open water source made locally by the community members. This water was not safe since cases of typhoid were so high in the community. However, we received an improved water source of which the water is conducive for our health. The level of water-related diseases has also reduced,” he said. He and the rest of the WSC have been collecting fees to save in case of any pump issues. They already have about 30,000 shillings, which is a great start in ensuring that future generations in Nyakagando will continue to have clean water.

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12/20/2016: Nyakagando Community Project Underway

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

Project Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Uganda, Kiryandongo, Nyakagando
ProjectID: 6073
Install Date:  01/19/2017

A Year Later: Nyakagando Community

December, 2017

These days we drink clean water with no germs, unlike previously when they would drink water from the open source which was smelly with a bad taste. The well is near my home so I can easily access it.

A year ago, generous donors helped install a well with Nyakagando 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, Geoffrey Kusemererwa and Sovia O. with you.

Nyakagando I Village in Kiryandongo District, became Open Defecation Free (ODF) with 100% latrine coverage on November 12, 2016.

Nyakagando Village has a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) to help the community save money, receive small loans, and have money available for well repair. With a total of 31 households, the members meet every Wednesday to carry out their savings discussions. Currently, the group members have a total savings of 1,610,200 shillings. This model has helped ensure that the water point remains in very good condition.

We met with Mr. Francis Magezi at the well to talk about the changes in his community over the past year. “Before this well, we would fetch water from an open water source. We would ride bicycles for close to three kilometers in search of clean and safe water for drinking, which was tiresome. Diseases like diarrhea and typhoid are not common anymore…” He continued to say that the only challenge has been children who abuse the rules and come to play at the well. “Most times, the fence is destroyed by the stubborn children that come and start swinging on the poles. The poles then break within a very short period of time, which is costly because we have to keep buying nails to help replace the broken fence.”

Mercy Immaculate and her little brother

9-year-old Mercy Immaculate came to fetch water while we were there. She said, “These days we drink clean water with no germs, unlike previously when they would drink water from the open source which was smelly with a bad taste. The well is near my home so I can easily access it.”

This community is working so hard to care for their water point, and they’re doing a wonderful job!

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.