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The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Clean Water
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Prisoners Helping With Pump Installation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Pump Installation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Well Pad
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Excavation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Excavation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Excavation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Excavation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Excavation
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Indentifying Good And Bad Practices
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Talking About Objectives
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Training
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Stephen Explaining Contamination Routes
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Participants Describing What They See In Pictures
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Latrine Example
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Latrine Example
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Current Water Source
The Water Project: Maiha-Kayanja Community -  Current Water Source

Project Status



Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 245 Served

Project Phase:  Installed - Mar 2018

Functionality Status:  Project Monitoring Data Delayed

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Community Profile

Most members of this community are farmers who grow water crops like sugarcane and bananas. They wake up at 6am to go and milk their cows, they sell or trade the milk for other things their families need. They’re then on the farm from 7am until midday when it’s too hot.

After farming, they look for other ways to earn money. Men often transport people from one place to another on motorcycles for money. They are commonly known as ‘boda bodas’ in Uganda. Others go take their animals out to graze, while some own small shops in the trading center that keep them busy. The women stay at home to do domestic work, garden, and look after children.

Community members work together in their gardens and come together for social events. There is a great sense of unity and belonging here.

Water

Unfortunately, they’re also united by their struggle with water scarcity, suffering a lot from water-related diseases.

The main source of water here is a huge river. Community members step through the reeds and wade into the water to fill their containers. It’s impossible to know how many sources of contamination there really are since the surface water stretches through an extensive area. Animals come and go, children swim, and rainwater washes contaminants down the riverbanks into the water.

It’s not rare to hear of a small child losing their life in the stretches of this deep water source.

This water is brought home for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and irrigation purposes. Typhoid is a reality for the hundreds of people who rely on this open water source.

Sanitation

Less than half of households have pit latrines, and it’s obvious that families are not prioritizing sanitation. It’s obvious that people are relieving themselves elsewhere, behind buildings, in the bushes, or amidst the crops on a farm, because of such low latrine coverage. The more this happens, the greater amount of dangerous germs spread around the community, even into food or drinking water.

Here’s what we’re going to do about it:

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.

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.

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.


This project is a part of our shared program with The Water Trust. Our team is pleased to provide the reports for this project (formatted and edited for readability) thanks to the hard work of our friends in Uganda.

Project Updates


03/21/2018: Maiha-Kayanja Community Project Complete

Maiha-Kayanja 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.

New Knowledge

We trained the newly-formed water sanitation committee (WSC) at Mr. Wandera Johnsons’s house for three full days. Mr. Johnson was elected to be the group’s chairperson, and everyone agreed that he lives in a central location that’s convenient for meetings.

The entire group was trained, 10 total including Mr. Johnson, two village health trainers, a local council chair, and one opinion leader. Everyone was respectful and participated well in each activity.

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

Mrs. Magezi Scovia commented on one of the things she learned, saying “Through the safe water chain, we came to learn that even clean water from a clean water point can become contaminated if we use dirty water containers for fetching.”

Hand-Dug Well

We worked together with the community to find the most suitable place for a new well. They’d run sites by our technicians, who would confirm the hydrogeological viability.

Waiting for the next bucket of dirt to be ready…

The community helped excavate the well with our technician’s guidance. We managed to reach 35 feet, and we measured a static water level of 23 feet. The well was then cased with brick and mortar up to ground level, and then the technician casted the concrete apron to protect the water source. Once that cured, the mechanic installed the stainless steel Consallen pump.

Some of the local prisoners had a chance to get out and help out as we installed the pump.

“The community is very grateful for the water point because it is serving a large population, including prisoners. So with the well, the quality of water consumed in this community has greatly improved,” Mr. Wandera Johnson said.


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01/18/2018: Maiha-Kayanja Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Maiha-Kayanja 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.


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Project Photos


Project Type

Dug Well and Hand Pump

Hand-dug wells are best suited for clay, sand, gravel and mixed soil ground formations. A large diameter well is dug by hand, and then lined with either bricks or concrete to prevent contamination and collapse of the well. Once a water table is hit, the well is capped and a hand-pump is installed – creating a complete and enclosed water system.



Contributors

Buchanan Family
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Mu Epsilon Omega
Hillwyck foundation
Nancy Morris Foundation
The Greene School
United Way of San Diego County
Jay Teresi
Familie Kobschotto
48 individual donor(s)