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The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Celebration At The Water Point
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Councillor At Dedication Ceremony
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Planting And Watering The Trees
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Flushing The Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Flushing The Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Flushing The Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Flushing The Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Rehab Of Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Rehab Of Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Rehab Of Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Rehab Of Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Casting The Platform
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Casting The Platform
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Casting The Platform
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Casting The
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Water Point After Rehabilitation
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Water Point After Rehabilitation
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Water Flowing Pictures
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Participants During Shg Training
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Participants During Shg Training
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Participants During Shg Training
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Participants During Shg Training
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Participants During Shg Training
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Participants During Shg Training
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Community Members Planting And Watering The Trees
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Sharon A
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Sharon A
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Byaruhanga John
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  John Byaruhanga
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Collecting
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  People At The Water Point
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Filling Up At Open Source
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Collecting Water At The Open Source
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Collecting Water At The Open Source
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Bathing Shelter
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Broken Down Borehole
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Chicken Coop
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Child Cleaning The Kitchen
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Compound
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Constructing A Chicken Coop
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Cooking
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  At The Dishrack
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Drying Beans
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Farm
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Goat In The Compound
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Homestead
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Jotham Byonabye
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Jotham Byonabye
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Kitchen
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Nonfunctional Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Nonfunctional Well
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Promise
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Promise
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Walking Into Kitchen
The Water Project: Bulima-Kahembe Community -  Washing Dishes

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 350 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Jan 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

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Community Profile

Bulima-Kahembe Community lacks a safe, reliable, and easy-to-access water point.

“The current water situation in this area has led to several delays in executing most of our activities due to the long distance we have to move to collect water,” explained Pastor Jotham Byonabye.

There are three boreholes and two shallow wells in the community. But two of the borehole wells do not work. The only working borehole is at the school and is restricted from community access. That means that the 350 people living here must travel to the shallow wells located at the community’s extreme ends.

As a result, many people opt to buy water rather than travel to fetch water from one of the shallow wells.

“Most times, we spend a lot of money buying water from the vendors, which are very expensive considering the low-income level of the majority of members in this village,” Pastor Jotham said.

Those who cannot afford it make the daily trip to the overcrowded wells each day.

We spoke to Yosam Kato about how the lack of an accessible water point impacts the community. He said people wake up by 6:00 each morning and travel one to two miles searching for clean drinking water.

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

Promise, a young girl in the community, has to make the long trek to get water each day because her family cannot afford to buy water. She walks more than a mile each day to get water, passing by the broken-down boreholes and the school on her way.

“I will be very grateful if this water point is rehabilitated since the water crisis in this area will be history,” she said.

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

Rehabilitated Well

We are going to restore water to the broken-down borehole. This water point is located at the center of the village and easily accessible by most people. 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 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, 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 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 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 empower them with the tools they need.

Project Updates


01/05/2022: Bulima-Kahembe Community Well Rehabilitation Complete!

A well rehabilitated in Bulima-Kahembe, Uganda is already providing community members with clean, safe water! Additionally, we hosted a training where community members worked together to make a development action plan for their area. As a result, families are working to build new sanitation and hygiene facilities, tools, and habits that will help improve their living standards and enable a healthier life.

John Byaruhanga.

"I am no longer worried about my children crossing the road and moving alone in the sugarcane plantations to collect water. And I believe people's sanitation and hygiene practices shall improve, especially those who were still lagging behind in terms of latrine construction," said John Byaruhanga, a 42-year-old farmer.

Rehabilitated Borehole Well

We worked with the community to determine the best possible site for this rehabilitation. After meetings and visits throughout the community, together we agreed that this borehole was the best option to work on.

Throughout the construction process, several households volunteered to host the drilling technicians, giving them a place to sleep and food to eat throughout their stay.

The work team pulled up the old pump, cleared out the well, reinstalled a new stainless steel pump, and built a new well pad to once again seal off the well water from surface-level contaminants.

We conducted a yield test and checked the water’s quality to ensure the well’s ease of access and safety. With great results, we handed over the rehabilitated well to the community. The well is already providing safe, reliable water for the community’s daily use.

The councilwoman gave her speech during the dedication ceremony.

The dedication ceremony for the rehabilitated well was attended by members of the water and sanitation committee and a few community members. Attendance was limited due to COVID-19. However, a local councilwoman was present and gave a brief speech thanking us for rehabilitating the water point. Community members showed their excitement for clean water by dancing, singing, and clapping their hands.

John Byaruhanga shared how having access to water will impact his daily life. "Now that we have our own water point nearer to home, I plan to begin bricklaying, since it requires a lot of water. And [I will] also resume my cattle project, which was put on hold due to lack of water."

Sharon A.

Sharon A., age 8, told us she plans to begin feeding the chicken and pigs on time and also to wash her clothes and uniforms without any hindrance since she doesn't have to delay at the water point anymore.

Training

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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10/19/2021: Bulima-Kahembe Community Well Rehabilitation Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Bulima-Kahembe Community drains people’s time, energy, and health. Thanks to your generosity, we’re working to install a clean water point and much more.

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


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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

1 individual donor(s)