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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 1.89
Longitude 31.93

342 Served

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Lamvorongur Community School is a community initiative that started as an early childhood development center and has since graduated to a primary school. Located in Mboira parish, Kigumba sub-county, Kiryandongo district, the school has an enrollment of 342pupils (193girls and 149boys) with one 4stance latrine which is semi permanent and all its classrooms are also semi permanent. Pupils from this school fetch water from a shallow well that was constructed by The Water Trust situated 1.5km away from the school. Mr. Munguaciel David the head teacher of the school says that the community started this school with plans to hand it over to government which has taken long as coding of new schools was suspended by the Ministry of Education. Mr. Kirya Edward the Kiryandongo District Education Officer (DEO) explained that for the district or local government to allocate infrastructure (Latrines, boreholes, classrooms desks) in such schools, government must first take over the school after the Ministry of Education has coded it. He further revealed that his district had played its part and only awaits communication about the grant aiding from the ministry.

The Water Trust was invited to this school to assist the community and parents of the school in constructing a water source. Due to its location at a high altitude, the only technology to deliver water to this school was through drilling a borehole. According to the WHO, diseases due to poor water supply, sanitation, and personal and domestic hygiene cause 4.0% of all deaths and 5.7% of all disability or ill health in the world. Moreover, waterborne illnesses predominantly affect the poor and the young. When basic water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions are applied, waterborne illnesses can be effectively reduced (

As we drill the borehole for the school, our social team will assist the school to foam a school health club which will do peer to peer advocacy of sanitation and hygiene related issues on a daily basis. The school has also pledged to make every Friday as a school clean day when sanitation and hygiene matters will debated in all classes.


December 12, 2014

Today we sited a suitable location for drilling the borehole. Both TWT technical staff and Ikon project (the drilling company) agreed at one point where drilling will be done in a few weeks to come.

February 9, 2015

Today the drilling company returned and drilled up-to 59.4m deep into the ground. Water was struck twice and screens were placed at both points. The site has now been covered as we plan to return for pump testing.

March 8, 2015

As a procedural measure, today we tested the quality of water ahead of pump installation which is scheduled for tomorrow.

March 9, 2015

Today we delivered our promise to Lamvorongur Primary school!  The pump was successfully installed and water is no longer an issue to the school. The current issue now is sustainability of the project of which the school management has promised to ensure that a live fence is planted around the well.

April 17, 2015

Today we returned to this community school to monitor the project and found when the school management committee had fulfilled their pledge of fencing the water source. Alive fence was planted around the borehole and is being maintained. With this commitment from the users, we are optimistic that the water source is in good hands.


The Community Development Officer (CDO) encourages each household to follow the main objectives of TWT’s Sanitation and Hygiene Program, which are the use of latrines and observing proper hygiene practices as these goals are inherently connected to the provision of clean water. Open defecation, water storage in unclean containers and the absence of hand washing at critical times are all possible contaminates to the water supply at the household level. , TWT works toward sustainable, interdisciplinary WASH development.

The Water Trust’s social program includes the assignment of one to build development. TWT leverages this relationship, by requiring each participating village to achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by one latrine per household), prior to the pump installation for a shallow hand dug well.  An ideal homestead includes: a latrine with a hand-washing facility, a rubbish pit, separate structure for animals and a drying rack for dishes.

Community Led Total Sanitation

The Water Trust implements the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners. TWT facilitates a CLTS session in which we aim 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 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, embarrassment and shame are frequent motivators for individual households to: build latrines, use the latrines and demand that other households do the same.

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06/23/2015: Lamvorongur Primary School BoreHole complete

We are happy to share that the Lamvorongur Primary School BoreHole project is now complete!

Because of your help the Lamvorongur Primary School now has clean, safe water.  As you can see children are joyful and grateful that the project has been completed. However, to see more don’t forget to click on the Green ‘Read about the Community’ button to learn more about the entire process of the project. Also, you can click on the blue ‘See Photos & Video’ button to view images and video taken by our partners on the ground. 

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Mboira parish, Kigumba sub-county, Kiryandongo district
ProjectID: 692
Install Date:  06/01/2015

Monitoring Data
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Water Quality: Needs Attention
Well Depth:  59.40M


Project Underwriter - Andrew and Paula Smiley
Masconomet Global Initiatives Volunteers
The Synergy Fund/Anuj Gupta
Sleep Specialists, Inc./Urban Mattress
Georgetown Brewing Co.
Fernan Elementary School
GSWPA Troop 16116
Junior Achievement of Georgia/GoH20
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Country Details


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.