Katamarwa Community Well



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Country:
Uganda

Program:
Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

GPS:
Latitude 1.84
Longitude 31.93

Impact:
250 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports…

The village of Katamarwa lies in the open expanses of farmland in Uganda’s Kiryandongo District.  Katamarwa’s people hail from within mid-western Uganda as well as from other parts of the country, including eastern Uganda and the West Nile region.  Most residents of Katamarwa are farmers and maize is their dominant crop.  Corn-based foods, along with beans and cassava form the basis of the local diet.  After the harvest, residents sell surplus crops in the village market which find their way to places as far away as Kampala and Juba, which is the capital of South Sudan, the newest country in the world.

Life for the farmers in Katamarwa may be simple but it is also tough and health issues pervade the community.  Lack of clean water is the single greatest contributor to poor health in the village. The village has over 300 households, some of which rely on a single protected well that was drilled in the 1960s.  One village elder recalled moving to Katamarwa from the West Nile region in 1974 and has been drinking water from that well ever since.  While reliable, the well is too far for many in the village to use. Katamarwa is a very spread out rural community, and so many families take their water from unprotected springs.  These springs are completely open to the elements – which allow them to become contaminated from animal feces.  The water is filthy and causes sickness for many people, particularly children, in Katamarwa

Busoga Trust has commenced work on a shallow well which will benefit many in this community.  We estimate that when finished, this new water source will serve 250 people who today rely on contaminated water from the open springs.  Village residents have contributed land and materials for this project and currently are working alongside a Busoga Trust technician to dig a well by hand.  When they are finished, a high quality hand-pump will be installed which we expect will serve the community for as many years to come.


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Recent Project Updates


12/06/2011: Katamarwa Community Well Completed

The new well for the Katamarwa Community is complete!  We’ve posted more pictures and video from the project site.


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08/25/2011: Katamarwa Update

We’ve just received this small update from Busoga Trust Masindi on the project. This is unedited: 

“Construction began late last week and the water column is currently down about 9 feet.  Per usual, the members of the community have contributed materials and are helping with the construction.    The pictures show one of the open springs that many of the 300 families in this community rely on today.  There is one protected source in the village but many residents don’t use it as its too far away. “

So there is good progress on the ground. Great news! We’ll have more updates as soon as we can on this exciting project.


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Kigumba Sub County, Kiryandongo District
ProjectID: 610
Install Date:  10/30/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Attention
Water Quality: Meets WHO Standards
Well Depth:  20.00M




Sponsors

Northeast United Methodist Church Youth


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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.