Location: Uganda

Regional Program:
Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact:
240 Served

Project Phase:
Installed

Functionality Status:

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Stories and Community Profile

This hand-dug well will be installed in Teyago Bada Ngyero of Kiryandongo, Uganda. At this stage of the project, GPS coordinates are a rough estimate.

Teyago is home to around 50 households who form a community of almost 250 people, all who rely on dirty surface water for their daily needs.

Most adults in this village are farmers. Men spend the morning hours on the farm before the sun reaches its peak. To beat the sun, men will retire indoors for the rest of the day. Many will go to the trading center to play games like cards or watch movies. When its not especially hot, the younger men might play football. Women spend the morning on the farm with their husbands, but also take responsibility for the brunt of household chores. They are those in charge of fetching water, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of young children.

Community members are very social and attend as many events as possible, whether it be a wedding, church service, or funeral.

Water Situation

Water is fetched from a hole in the ground next to the village. Water must be collected carefully, since the sides of the hole are steep. There are a few rocks from which the water flows, and women and children normally balance on these to fill their containers. This isn’t the danger of this water source, though. One can know the water is contaminated just by its cloudy brown color. Animals drink from the same source, and even more contaminants are washed into the water when it rains. (We apologize that the two pictures of the water hole are so small and blurry; a team member only had a cellphone that day!)

Community members use this water for cleaning, cooking, and drinking. There isn’t a year that a family is plagued with medical expenses to treat waterborne disease. Diarrhea is a daily reality, especially among children.

Sanitation Situation

Many families have pit latrines, but there’s still a handful that do not. Most of the latrines we saw were made of bricks and mud, but many did not have roofs. As we begin to construct the hand-dug well, we will continue to encourage and help each family have their own latrine. Without good facilities, locals are forced to seek the privacy of bushes. But overall, most community members have a positive view of latrines. They are from many different ethnic backgrounds, and have shared their experiences and insights with each other to tackle sanitation in Teyago.

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

Training’s 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. As you can see below, a family has already dug a pit for a new latrine.

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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. Many households do not use a latrine but use the bush. Due to open defecation, feces are 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.


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Recent Project Updates


03/31/2017: Teyago Bada Ngyero Community Project Complete

Teyago Bada Ngyero Community in Uganda has a new source of safe, clean water thanks to your donation. 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 home of the selected water and sanitation committee’s (WSC) chairman. His home is the closet to the selected site for the hand-dug well.

Training was attended by eight people, all of who were recruited by the community development officer (CDO). Seven of these now form the WSC, which will oversee well maintenance and sanitation improvements in their village. The other was a local leader.

Training taught committee members about their different roles. There is a WSC chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, two well caretakers, and mobilizers.

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. They even have a community plan to carry out everything they learned.

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 Chairman Charles Ongom spoke on behalf of his neighbors and fellow committee members. “We as the community members of Teyago are very grateful for the trainings carried out in our community. This will act as a reminder to community members of the required sanitation facilities needed in our families. The way, for example, a modern drying rack should look like was stressed. This has helped to improve the sanitation of our community. Thanks again,” he said.

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

Project Result: Hand-Dug Well

September 9, 2016

Today we visited this village and sited a suitable location for the project. The community was helpful in identifying this location and we believe it will yield good results soon.

September 16, 2016

Today we hit the water table at 18ft deep and the community is happy about this development. Deepening will continue through the aquifer until a good water column is observed.

September 23, 2016

Deepening is presently at 26ft and the project has a water column of 8ft. Soil formation is soft and progress has slowed down due to the softness of the soil.

September 30, 2016

There was collapsing of the soil when a huge mass fell from the top of the well. This has filled the bottom and caused this project to fail. We have re-sited and excavation has begun again.

October 7, 2016

The new site is equally soft with collapsing soils. We have stopped excavation as we wait for concrete rings to hold up the soil.

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October 14, 2916

Today excavation work resumed after delivery of concrete rings which have already been lowered.

October 28, 2016

Excavation work is complete and now masonry will soon begin. The project is at a halt as we wait for the community to deliver the materials they earlier pledged.

November 4, 2016

The well has been bricked up to the top and clay has been applied to seal the walls. We however encountered a challenge of mud building up from the bottom through the ring. This will have to be resolved before any further steps. We shall keep you updated.

November 18, 2016

A bottom plug has been installed to control the mud and packed with aggregates. The well has also been cleaned and covered to cure ahead of installation.

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December 2, 2016

Today we returned to this village and installed the pump. The community is now enjoying safe water from this water source. The well is 21 feet deep with a static water level of eight feet.


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12/16/2016: Teyago Bada Ngyero Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Teyago 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, Teyago
ProjectID: 6077
Install Date:  03/31/2017




Contributors

Bethel Community Church VBS
St. Marks Presbyterian Church
Fernandes & Thompson Family
FM Logistics, Cornell University
Lucky Textiles Group
Stan Moss Family
Harshils bday
Mr. & Mrs. Mehdi
In Honor of Jakki and Harold Maclean
Crunchie Media
Good Weiss Families
Jorge Padilla/
Wissahickon Charter School
Faith Chapel
First Southern Baptist Church of Anaheim
Status Church
Susquehanna University
Liberty Hill LifeGroup
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine Indian Student Dental Association (ISDA)
Waiokeola Congregational Church Campaign for Water
Many individual donors



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Country Details

Uganda

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.