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The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Flushing Borehole
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Working On Well Pad Cement
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Well Rehab
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Cement Work
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Rehabilitating The Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Well Rehab
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Flushing
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Jamillah K
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Nemah Kazumi
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Nemah Kazumi
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Installing New Components For Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Jamillah K
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Children Celebrate The Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Fetching Water At The Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Fetching Water At Rehabilitated Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Flushing Borehole
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Well Pad Work
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Flushing The Well
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Carrying Containers To Fill With Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Child Playing
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Children Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Community Members Carrying Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Cooking
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Digging Farm
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Drying Millet And Corn
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Fetching Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Filling Up Container With Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Filling Up Container With Water
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Inside Kitchen
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Making A Mat
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Nearest Protected Spring
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Pirango
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Preparing Casava
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Washing Dishes
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Water Storage Containers
The Water Project: Ejinga Taosati Community -  Amandu Geofrey

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 260 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

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“I have suffered traveling long distances to draw water from the nearest protected springs because our community borehole well has broken down,” said Jessica Pirango, a 36-year-old woman who lives in Ejinga Taosati Community.

The broken-down well is located near a trading center and it usually serves more than 260 people within the village. Due to its current status, the community has abandoned it and opted for other water sources at the far ends of the village which are always overcrowded and are very dangerous for the children.

People like Jessica must wait in long lines to get water after walking for more than 30 minutes to reach the spring. The time she and other community members spend fetching water could be used to do more productive things at home and on their farms. Most people here make a living as subsistence farmers. They grow maize, millet, and beans that they try and sell to make a little money in the local market.

Restoring this water point would reduce the time and distance currently required of these community members to access water.

“I wish our borehole was fixed. I don’t like helping my mother fetching water from the far protected spring. Going to the valley can be scary, especially when it’s dark in the evening,” shared George, a 12-year-old boy we met.

Sanitation conditions around the water point are fair, but the water point lacks a fence and there are nearby bushes. Creating awareness and a community action plan is urgent and critical to improving the water point. Despite the good reported levels of sanitation in the village, it would be appropriate to promote not only use but proper use of these facilities to ensure the health of the community.

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

Rehabilitated Well

We are going to restore water to the broken-down borehole. Since this water point is located at the center of the village and easily accessible by the majority of people, unlike the springs which are located at the far ends of the village, when this borehole is restored to its original status it will provide the community with easy access to clean and safe water. We will remove the old pump, clear out the well, reinstall a new stainless steel pump, and build a new well pad to protect the water.

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 handwashing are all possible contaminants of a household water supply. Each participating village must achieve Open Defecation Free status (defined by 1 latrine per household) before the pump installation for a shallow hand-dug well.

This social program includes the assignment of 1 Community Development Officer (CDO) to each village. The CDO encourages each household to build an ideal homestead that includes a latrine, handwashing 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 the 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.

Improved Sanitation

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 they will need.

Project Updates


04/05/2021: Ejinga Taosati Community Project Complete!

Water is now flowing from a new hand-dug well in Ejinga Taosati, Uganda. People are thrilled about this development that has further unified their community. Community members also attended hygiene and sanitation planning sessions and financial training and have learned a lot that will enable them to live healthier lives.

“I am very grateful that you finally rehabilitated this water point. This water point is going to help reduce the long distances we used to move to collect water and, above all, reduce cases of stomachaches and diarrhea among our children,” said Nemah Kazumi.

“Now that this water point has been rehabilitated, I will boost my business again by making pancakes and serving my clients with drinking water from the borehole. I will also engage in kitchen gardening at my home, where I will plant some tomatoes and greens for sale to raise some money to buy school materials for my children.”

Rehabilitated Well

It took about a month of work to clean out this deep hand-dug well in Ejinga Taosati Community. Two artisans worked both from inside the well and ground level to restore clean water here.

The bottom of the well needed to be cleaned out, and the sides of the well needed to be relined. One artisan worked from the bottom of the well, filling a bucket with silt that the other would pull up with a rope. Once the bottom was cleared, some casing was built and installed to protect this well from all contamination better.

Community members helped gather sand to mix cement, and our artisans used it to build a new well pad to cover the 1.2-meter opening. This well pad protects the well water from any contamination that would come from above ground.

Once dry, mechanics arrived to install the stainless steel Consallen pump. Now, water is flowing!

Flushing the well

“Each time my mother would send me to collect water, I could really feel terrible looking at the long distance I had to walk. I am very happy that since this water point is nearer to our home, it will help reduce domestic violence in our homes,” said young teenager Jamillah.

We asked Jamillah about her goals now that the well rehabilitation was complete, and she said, “This water point will help me concentrate on my studies more now than before when I would have to remain home and help my mother collect water rather than going to school. I believe, this year, my performance at school will improve since the only nearby water point to our home has been repaired.”

Jamillah

Training

Initially, the training for the community was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We did not schedule the training until the Ugandan government allowed gatherings, and we deemed it was safe enough for our teams. Unfortunately, we were unable to take any photos during the training due to limitations on attendees, which prevented all of our typical training team from attending to take on this responsibility.

The community was mobilized through a series of meetings that sensitized them on the importance and purpose of financial saving. This included meetings to create a community profile (mapping physical environment and stakeholders in the community) and a participatory vulnerability capacity assessment exercise. In this exercise, community members mapped out their shared risks and opportunities, including the water point breaking down. The savings group training date was scheduled with the community.

A one-day intensive training was scheduled in four major parts: introduction, first saving meeting, first loan meeting, and share.

We worked with the community to establish a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) and a water user committee. The savings group set up a fund to provide small loans to each other, and another fund used to pay for any repairs to the well if an issue arises. The group also agreed on a social fund to contribute to each meeting to provide grants to fellow group members to help them with funeral expenses or catastrophes such as fire damage.

In collaboration with the community facilitator and natural leaders, we trained households on critical hygiene and sanitation facilities to build. Our teams monitor these facilities’ construction, such as latrines, dishracks, refuse pits, handwashing facilities, and bath shelters. We also trained local artisans on fabricating and selling sanitation products that allow for more hygienic and accessible latrines.

The community conceptually understood the sanitation and hygiene lessons in the training but will need support and monitoring to ensure follow-through in building new facilities and developing new habits.

Additionally, our teams will provide follow-up training to support putting the savings group into practice. Saving procedures and loans were understood, and good skills and knowledge were gained from the sessions. However, continuous coaching will be required in records management to support the group’s success.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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02/03/2021: Ejinga Taosati Community project complete!

Dirty water from open water sources is making people in Ejinga Taosati, Uganda sick. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

Get to know this community through the narrative and pictures we’ve posted, and read about this water, sanitation, and hygiene project. We look forward to reaching out with news of success!


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Project Type

Borehole and Hand Pump

Girls and women walk long distances for water when safe water is very often right under their feet! Underground rivers, called aquifers, often contain a constant supply of safe water – but you have to get to it. No matter what machine or piece of equipment is used, all drilling is aiming for a borehole that reaches into an aquifer. If the aquifer has water - and after the well is developed - we are able to pull water to the surface utilizing a hand-pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around 5 gallons of water a minute through a hand-pump.


Contributors

Scandinavians for Life
Walsh Electric
16 individual donor(s)