Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 300 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 12/04/2023

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Community Profile

"It is very challenging and hard to access water due to the poor condition of this water point," said Jimmy Birengeso, a young man who lives in Byerima village.

The 900 people here do not have a reliable source of water. Each day, people have to pass two nonfunctional wells searching for water, explained Local Council member Nicholas Balinda. He said that families would often all go to fetch water together because it is so far.

"The water point is in a very poor condition and wastes a lot of time during pumping. It takes about 15-20 minutes to fill a 20-liter jerrican. Sometimes it completely fails to bring water, and we are forced to go the neighboring villages of Bubanda, moving a distance of about two to three kilometers to get water," Jimmy added.

Byerima is hilly with fertile soils, and the community members are engaged in both commercial and subsistence farming. The village is covered with sugarcane plantations for commercial purposes and food crops like maize, beans, cassava, groundnuts, sweet potatoes, and many others for subsistence purposes.

Whitney is a pupil at Bulima Valley Primary School. When asked about this water point, she said, “This water point is in a very poor condition and hard to pump water out of it. It takes a very long time to fill a jerrican, and it is hard for me as a child to get water because it requires a lot of energy to pump."

"Currently, there is an alternative borehole at Byerima Primary School, where I get water because it is also near home, and people are allowed to access the school premises," she continued.

"However, when the school is fully open, and all children are in school, the community members are restricted from accessing the school to get water from the school borehole. I am worried if this water point is not repaired and the schools fully open next year, accessing water will be a big problem in our village, and even for children.”

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 the majority of 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.

In addition to the rehab, we will rehabilitate the other borehole for this community to alleviate the pressure on a single water point. We estimate that a single water point can serve about 350 people, so two reliable water points will ensure no longer any long lines here. Go here to learn more about the accompanying project.

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


March, 2022: Byerima Community Well Rehab Complete!

A well rehabilitated in Byerima, 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.

Collecting water from the borehole.

"I am very grateful that this water point has been rehabilitated," said 30-year-old Joanah Friday, a local housewife. "Due to the frequent breakdowns we had before, we were forced to always move to other distant water points in the neighboring villages to collect water."

Joanah next to the rehabilitated borehole.

"Now that this water point has been fully repaired, I no longer have worries since this water point is nearer to my home," Joanah continued. "I am able to do my daily activities and hope to increase my output this year as compared to last year when we had water challenges."

15-year-old Collins knows the clean water will improve his health. "I am going to ensure that I only drink water from this borehole so that I don't suffer from diarrhoeal diseases which would affect my studies and other activities like farming, which I do to raise money for my fees."

Collins at the water point.

Collins continued by explaining his plans to clean around his homestead and improve on his personal hygiene and do better watering the plants in his family's garden. With better health, a more robust food supply, and more time to raise money for school fees, Collins' future is already looking brighter.

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.

Flushing the borehole.

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.

Installing the new pump.

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.

Training

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 to form the savings group and discuss the best practices for maintaining and managing it.

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 that will provide grants to fellow group members and 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!




January, 2022: Byerima Community Well Rehabilitation Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in the Byerima 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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Abundant water is often right under our feet! Beneath the Earth’s surface, rivers called aquifers flow through layers of sediment and rock, providing a constant supply of safe water. For borehole wells, we drill deep into the earth, allowing us to access this water which is naturally filtered and protected from sources of contamination at the surface level. First, we decide where to drill by surveying the area and determining where aquifers are likely to sit. To reach the underground water, our drill rigs plunge through meters (sometimes even hundreds of meters!) of soil, silt, rock, and more. Once the drill finds water, we build a well platform and attach a hand pump. If all goes as planned, the community is left with a safe, closed water source providing around five gallons of water per minute! Learn more here!


A Year Later: "It's now very easy to pump"

March, 2023

A year ago, your generous donation helped Byerima Community in Uganda access clean water – creating a life-changing moment for Dyego. Thank you!

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Last year, the community members in Byerima often dealt with frustration that led to community disunity because their well did not function properly, and they had to use other farther away water points instead.

"Pumping water from this borehole was very hard, and we used to go to [the] Byerima Primary School borehole where sometimes the teachers would chase us and deny us water. Above all, there were several fights at the source, which caused several conflicts amongst the parents in the village since everyone cared about their children whenever they went to collect water," said 12-year-old Dyego Kissa.

But last year, the well located closer to their homes was rehabilitated, and since then, things have improved for everyone.

"It's now very easy to pump, and I no longer waste a lot of time at the well. This has made it very possible for me to help my parents with other domestic activities since it's even nearer to home," said Dyego.

Not only does Dyego have time to help out at home, but he has also had time to put energy into his schoolwork.

"Ever since this borehole was rehabilitated, I have been able to concentrate on my studies and hope to be among the best students during my final exams," concluded Dyego.

Dyego.


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