Bulima C.O.U. Primary School New Well Project



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Country:
Uganda

Program:
Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

GPS:
Latitude 1.52
Longitude 31.54

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

This project is a part of our shared program with The Water Trust. Our team is pleased to directly share the below report (edited for clarity, as needed).

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Bulima C.O.U. Primary School is a church founded and one of the oldest primary schools in Masindi. Its is known to have been the only primary school which existed in Bwijanga sub-county  from the time Uganda got her independence (1962) and early eighties and it is located in Bulima town board, Bwijanga sub-county, Masindi district. This government-aided primary school has an enrollment of 822 pupils of which 399 are girls and 423 boys.

(Editor’s Note: While this many people may have access on any given day, realistically a single water source can only support a population of 350-500 people. This community would be a good candidate for a second project in the future so adequate water is available. To learn more, click here.)

Despite the fact that it it has the highest enrollment, it is the most under served with a shortage of both latrines and access to clean and safe water. Due to the prevailing water crisis, children do not wash their hands after visiting the latrine or before touching food, which poses a big threat to their health. One time a pupil was hit by a speeding car as he crossed the road to collect water for drinking during break time. The introduction of Universal Primary Education (UPE), also known as free education for all, resulted in a rapid increase in the number of children in the primary schools from 5.3 million in 1997 to 7.3 million in 2002; a trend that has continued in subsequent years, straining hygiene and sanitation facilities in schools which already had low standards of sanitation and hygiene.

The Water Trust, in collaboration with Masindi District local government, is implementing a school sanitation and hygiene program through construction of ventilated improved lined latrines and provision of access to clean and safe water. The social team  initiates and trains school health clubs for purpose of sustainability in its efforts to ensure quality education for boys and girls becomes a reality. This school has been selected among many that applied to us for support, and we are going to drill a borehole for them in an effort to improve their sanitation.

Sanitation facilities prevent the transmission of diseases as it prevents human faecal contamination of water and soil. The lack of proper sanitation facilities are the cause for a significant proportion of the world’s infectious disease burden. 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.

HYGIENE AND SANITATION STRATEGY

A Community Development Officer (CDO) is assigned in each village. The CDO encourages each household to put improved sanitation and hygiene practices into action. The main objectives of the Sanitation and Hygiene Program 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. Using the immediate gratification of clean water as an impetus, we work towards sustainable and interdisciplinary WASH development.

We leverage 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. The CDO encourages each family to create an ideal homestead which includes: a latrine with a hand-washing facility, a rubbish pit, a separate structure for animals, and a drying rack for dishes.

Community Led Total Sanitation

We implement the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach with each of our village partners. The team 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 are frequent motivators for individual households to: build latrines, use the latrines, and demand that other households do the same.

CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE

September 12, 2015

A contract to drill a borehole at this school was awarded to ICON projects, one of the drilling companies in Uganda and a hydro-logical survey has been conducted to site a suitable location for the school project.

September 21, 2015

The survey was successful and we expect drilling to commence soon.

September 28, 2015

Drilling was done and concluded today. We now wait for pump testing whose results will be communicated soon.

October 3, 2015

Today the pump was tested and all is well. The project has been handed over for commissioning but will remain under warranty by the contractor for a period of six months.

October 26, 2015

Water is now flowing and the school has been relieved water related problems. A fence is yet to be constructed to protect this source. We also commissioned the project.


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Recent Project Updates


11/02/2015: Bulima C.O.U. Primary School Project Complete

We are excited to report that a new well has been constructed and is already serving the students of Bulima C.O.U. Primary School in Kenya. We just updated the project page with the latest details including new pictures and video of the finished well and the students celebrating this new resource.

Take a look, and Thank You for helping us unlock potential!


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10/14/2015: Bulima C.O.U. Primary School Project Underway

We are excited to announce that, thanks to your willingness to help, Bulima C.O.U. Primary School in Uganda will soon have a new source of safe, clean water. A new well is under construction in the school compound and the community is receiving training in sanitation and hygiene. 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, GPS coordinates, pictures and a video from the school. Take a look to see how the head teacher believes this project is going to bring great change for these students.

Thank you for helping us bring clean water!


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Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Bulima town board, Bwijanga sub-county, Masindi district, Uganda
ProjectID: 694
Install Date:  10/05/2015

Monitoring Data
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Water Quality: Unknown




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.