Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 240 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2017

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 11/29/2023

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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.

We're just getting started, check back soon!

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Hand-dug wells have been an important source of water throughout human history! Now, we have so many different types of water sources, but hand-dug wells still have their place. Hand dug wells are not as deep as borehole wells, and work best in areas where there is a ready supply of water just under the surface of the ground, such as next to a mature sand dam. Our artisans dig down through the layers of the ground and then line the hole with bricks, stone, or concrete, which prevent contamination and collapse. Then, back up at surface level, we install a well platform and a hand pump so people can draw up the water easily.

A Year Later: Teyago Bada Ngyero Community

December, 2017

These days we aren’t worried about running back home from school to go fetch water from the open water source before it gets dark. This is because now we have a well near home that we can easily access. The water is also good in terms of color and taste, with no dirty particles. I believe that it will not make us sick!

Keeping The Water Promise

There's an incredible community of monthly donors who have come alongside you in supporting clean water in Teyago Bada Ngyero Community.

This giving community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Teyago Bada Ngyero Community maintain access to safe, reliable water. Together, they keep The Water Promise.

We’re confident you'll love joining this world-changing group committed to sustainability!

A year ago, generous donors helped install a well with Teyago Bada Ngyero 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 Peter Osire with you.

Teyago Village in Kiryandongo District became Open Defecation Free (ODF) with 100% latrine coverage after taking charge by doing their own appraisal and analysis of open defecation (OD).

A community members washing hands after using the latrine.

Officer Peter comments that diseases like typhoid are no longer a common issue. And after successful sanitation campaigns, a clean environment is improving household income; families no longer spend all of their money on treating illnesses.

Some community members even use their clean water point for commercial purposes. They fetch water in large quantities which they sell in the trading center. A jerrycan of water is sold for between 200 and 300 shillings. Hotel owners and store owners are interested in buying this water in large quantities. These endeavors have further improved the financial capacity of the people in this community.

Albert Ojiki

Peter met with Albert Ojiki, the secretary for this water point. Together, we talked about what he's experienced over the past year. He actually wanted to point out the huge change in household sanitation and how that's impacted health: "When you first came to this community, there were just seven fully functional latrines in the whole village. But by the time the well was opened for us to use, there were latrines for all of the 35 families here. However, heavy rains and termites have destroyed some of these, moving latrine coverage from 100% to 90%. The committee is emphasizing the need to rebuild the latrines that were destroyed."

Justus Ayurwot

10-year-old Justus Ayurwot came to fetch water while Peter was visiting with Mr. Ojiki. Justus said, "These days we aren't worried about running back home from school to go fetch water from the open water source before it gets dark. This is because now we have a well near home that we can easily access. The water is also good in terms of color and taste, with no dirty particles. I believe that it will not make us sick!"

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.

Navigating through intense dry spells, performing preventative maintenance, conducting quality repairs when needed and continuing to assist community leaders to manage water points are all normal parts of keeping projects sustainable. The Water Promise community supports ongoing sustainability programs that help Teyago Bada Ngyero Community maintain access to safe, reliable water.

We’d love for you to join this world-changing group committed to sustainability.

The most impactful way to continue your support of Teyago Bada Ngyero Community – and hundreds of other places just like this – is by joining our community of monthly givers.

Your monthly giving will help provide clean water, every month... keeping The Water Promise.


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