Project Status

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump

Program: Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Impact: 400 Served

Project Phase:  Decommissioned

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Community Profile

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Nyakititi is located in a hilly part of Kigumba Sub-County in Midwestern Uganda.  The village is oriented around a small trading center with a few shops where residents buy necessities like matches, soap, and cookware.  It is also a center for villagers to sell their harvested crops of corn and cassava, which are then brought to cities like Kampala, Uganda’s capital.  Most residents of Nyakatiti make their living this way and the money they earn from selling their crops in the harvest seasons is what sustains them throughout the rest of the year.  This money often goes towards basic household expenditures, school fees, and costs for receiving health treatment.

The biggest challenge to health in Nyakatiti is the lack of access to safe water.  Many residents collect water from small ponds and open springs, which are located in low-lying areas in the community.  These water sources collect contamination from the ground’s surface, which accumulates after rainstorms.  Drinking this water is one of the biggest contributors to sicknesses like diarrhea and worms amongst residents.  Diarrhea is especially dangerous to young children under five years of age.  In submitting a formal application to Busoga Trust, the chairman of Nyakatiti expressed the community’s need, saying that the large population of the village had become water stressed and only by creating new sources of safe water could the problem be solved.

On September 20th, Busoga Trust began working alongside the people of Nyakatiti, helping them to create a new protected water source.  The village has provided sand, stones, and bricks for the effort and is now actively digging the well.  Busoga Trust is also helping the community make improvements in hygiene and sanitation.  This effort along with the new source of clean water will help secure a healthier future for the people of Nyakatiti.

Project Updates

March, 2024: A Project Change in Nyakatiti Community!

Projects, like water itself, are fluid.

Sometimes, there are unique circumstances that can neither be resolved nor reversed that turn a well-loved water point into one that has failed to meet the expectations of both the community it serves and our own commitment to help provide access to safe and reliable water.

Unfortunately, this well is no longer meeting the water needs of the Nyakatiti Community, despite repeated efforts, spent resources, and a lot of patience from the community and our team.

The Water Project, the community members, and local leaders have decided together that decommissioning the well was the best course of action. As a result, we will no longer make monitoring visits here.

Project Type

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.


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