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The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Children Play At The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Children Play At The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Collecting Water At The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Collecting Water At The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Celebration At The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Community Members At The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Hellen Bahigwomu
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Mwesigwa M
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Mwesigwa M Pumps The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Pumping The Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Well Apron Construction
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Constructing The Well Apron
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Constructing The Well Apron And Drainage Channel
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Destroying The Old Well Apron
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Installing New Pipes For Well
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Installing The Pump
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Installing The Pump
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Woman Stands At Her Latrine
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Chicken Coop
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Compound
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Clothesline
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Clothes Drying
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Cooking
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Milly M
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Compound
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Children Walk To Collect Water
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Cooking Stones
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  New Latrine Under Construction
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Women Making Baskets
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Washing Clothes
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Chicken Coop
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Basket Weaving
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  House Under Construction
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Children Carrying Water
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Children Carrying Water Home
The Water Project: Marongo-Kahembe Community -  Eric Mpangira

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jun 2021

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

When we asked Juliet Ninsima how the water crisis in Marongo-Kahembe impacts the community members’ daily schedule, she said, “In this community, the borehole well that most of us rely on is broken down. And once it is down, we really suffer from accessing water.”

Juliet wakes up each morning at 6:30 am to prepare breakfast as the men ride about two miles searching for clean drinking water whenever the borehole breaks down. In the afternoon, women like Juliet have to walk to get water.

“This interferes a lot with most of our daily activities, like farming, since most times we get to our gardens very late,” she said.

“Most times we are affected, especially the women, who end up preparing meals late, and most families end up having meals once in a day since the women are so occupied looking for clean water.”

More than 350 people use the unreliable borehole well to meet their water needs. It is located in the center of the village, making it accessible to everyone – when it is working. The other drinking water points are located at the extreme ends of the village, some of which are broken down and abandoned due to contamination.

We asked Milly, a level seven primary school pupil, how the current water situation affects her personally.

“At my school, we don’t have water, and this is the only borehole that serves the entire village, including two schools,” she said.

“We get so tired, especially when this borehole is broken down because we have to walk about two kilometers away to collect water. This sometimes affects our studies, as well.”

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 most people, unlike the water points 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 clean water provision. 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 one 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 consists of a latrine, handwashing facility, a separate structure for animals, a rubbish pit, and a 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 individual households’ current practices – particularly the practice of open defecation – are unhealthy and 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 families do the same.

Improved Sanitation

The aim is that all households own an improved latrine. Many families 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 can live a healthy life free of preventable diseases. We endeavor that people will have both access to sustainable, clean water and access to sanitation at the end of our presence in the community. We have now organized families to form digging groups for latrine construction and empowered them with the tools they need.

Project Updates


06/30/2021: Marongo-Kahembe Community project complete!

Water is now flowing from a well in Marongo-Kahembe, Uganda! People are thrilled about this development that has further unified their community. Community members also attended hygiene, sanitation, and financial planning sessions spanning a wide range of topics that will enable them to live healthier lives.

Rehabilitated Well

It took about a month of work to clean out this deep hand-dug well in Marongo-Kahembe. Two artisans worked both from inside the well and at 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 re-lined. 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, they built and installed some casing to protect this well from contamination better. The new final depth was 70 feet.

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

Once the new well pad dried, mechanics arrived to install the stainless steel Consallen pump. There is now clean, safe water flowing from this well!

The dedication ceremony involved the water and sanitation committee members together with a few community members of the community in attendance. The chairperson gave a brief speech thanking us for rehabilitating their water point. Members showed their excitement by dancing, singing, and clapping.

"The water is now safe. I appreciate you for your intervention because it has improved the sanitation and hygiene around the water point, and now people have realized the importance of having a fence," said Hellen Bahigwaomu.

"I believe it's going to reduce the number of waterborne related diseases amongst children below five years."

Training

The self-help group associated with the well was already trained before we rehabilitated the well. The following is how we established the group, the skills we built, and the focus areas to improve hygiene and sanitation in the community.

The first training session focused on financial planning. We mobilized the community through a series of meetings that sensitized them on the importance and purpose of saving. This included meetings dedicated to creating a community profile, where participants map the physical environment and stakeholders in their own community. We also ran a participatory vulnerability capacity assessment exercise. In this session, community members mapped out their shared risks and opportunities, including the water point breaking down.

Next, we scheduled the savings group training date with the community. We planned for a one-day training broken into 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 they will use 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. Our teams will provide follow-up training to support putting the savings group into practice while also offering continuous coaching in records management.

Additional training sessions focused on hygiene and sanitation at the personal, household, community, and environmental levels. In collaboration with the community facilitator and local leaders, we trained households on critical hygiene and sanitation facilities to build. These include latrines, dish racks, refuse pits, handwashing facilities, and bathing shelters. Our teams monitor these facilities’ construction while helping the community learn how to best use and care for them.

Finally, we led an additional training for local artisans to teach them how to fabricate and sell locally used and accepted sanitation products that allow for more hygienic and accessible latrines.

Just as with the financial training, we will continue to support the community in their sanitation and hygiene progress through monitoring visits. In addition, we will offer follow-up assistance and refresher training to ensure community members follow through in building their new facilities and developing new habits.

Thank you for making all of this possible!


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05/14/2021: Marongo-Kahembe Community project underway!

An unreliable well is making people in Marongo-Kahembe Community, Uganda wait in long lines and seek out unsafe water sources. 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 Photos


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

2 individual donor(s)