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The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Celebrating The Water Point
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Celebrating The Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Celebrating The Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  People Celebrating
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Water Flowing
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Daniel Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  People Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Kids Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Judith Katusiime
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Judith Katusiime At Well
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Daniel At The Water Point
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Training
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Community Leaders
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Leaders With Materials
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Leaders With Materials
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Materials On Site
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Materials On Site
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Flushing The Borehole
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Community Participation
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Installation
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Installation
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Installation
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Installation
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Community Participation
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Construction
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Construction
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Construction
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Well Platform
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Well Platform
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Preparing Food
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Water Storage
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Storage Containers
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Susan
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Broken Borehole
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Collecting Open Source Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Collecting Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Carrying Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Latrines
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Latrine
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Outside Kitchen
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Garbage Pit
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Dish Rack
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Playing With Swings
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Children Swinging
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Children Playing
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Open Source Water
The Water Project: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Community -  Inside Kitchen

Project Status



Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump

Regional Program: Western Uganda WaSH Program

Impact: 450 Served

Project Phase:  In Service - Mar 2022

Functionality Status:  Functional

Last Checkup: 03/24/2022

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Community Profile

This community is one of the newly created villages within Bikonzi Parish. The area is flat with undulating plains and very hot during the dry season. It lacks several services, including safe water, accessible schools, and good roads. The most common livelihood of the people is farming beans, maize, and sugarcane for commercial purposes, along with a few who raise cattle or have shops in the trading centers.

The primary water source, a borehole at the school, is currently broken and nonfunctional due to worn-out pump parts. Because of the long distances to collect water in the next village, this community often resorts to a contaminated open water source for domestic activities such as cooking, bathing, and washing clothes. Sometimes, the children drink this water when they have no alternative. During heavy rain accessing the water source is hard, especially for children, since it becomes very slippery. All the runoff uphill directs itself into the water, making it very dirty. Rehabilitation of the water point is critical to restore a safe water supply to this community and reduce diseases related to drinking unclean water.


“It’s not easy for children to collect water in this village except during the rainy season when we harvest water from the roof. Most times, I am stopped by my mother due to the long distance I have to walk to collect water and also the high risks of accidents due to speeding motorcycles and bicycles along the way to the source. I will be happy when more boreholes are constructed in this village to enable us to have access to clean and safe water,” Susan said.


When one of the community members was asked how the water crisis impacts the community, he said, “In this village, the biggest challenge we have is water. We are very unfortunate in this village because ever since this borehole broke down about two years ago, no one cares about us. The government has even failed to provide us a school where to take our children. As a community, we constructed a community school nearer to this borehole so that our children can access water while at school, but ever since the borehole broke down, some children ended up dropping out of school.”

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, 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 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 the current patterns of individual households – 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 toilet 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 will need.

Project Updates


03/03/2022: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Well Rehabilitation Complete!

A well rehabilitated in Kyakaitera Kyempisi, 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.

Daniel A., 16, said, "[I] will no longer suffer from diseases like typhoid and diarrhea. I will improve on my performance since I will not abscond from school. Less time [will be] spent in fetching water and instead [I'll] help my parents in other household chores."

Daniel continued, "Since I have been supporting my mother to run the chapati (bread making) business, we were faced with several water challenges. But with the new water point rehabilitation, I have reliable access to safe water. I use [it] to maintain hygiene, like handwashing, [and] clean the utensils. I hope that this will attract more customers."

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.

Community leaders looking at new well components.

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.

Installing the new pump and building the well platform.

Judith Katusiime, 42, said, "Access to reliable and safe water will enable me and the family to drink clean water. Therefore, no diseases like typhoid, diarrhea, and vomiting will affect them and the money I would spend on medication and time will be spent on other productive activities like farming to increase the household income."

Judith standing near the new well.

As a member of the water and sanitation committee, Judith said she also plans to engage the community, together with other committee members, in creating awareness on how to save money for the operation and maintenance of the borehole.

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!


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01/11/2022: Kyakaitera Kyempisi Well Rehabilitation Underway!

A severe clean water shortage in Kyakaitera Kyempisi 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 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

Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
10 individual donor(s)