Rwengoma - Wells for Schools



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Country:
Uganda

Program:
Wells for Schools - Uganda

GPS:
Latitude -0.98
Longitude 30.32

Impact:
500 Served

Project Status:
Installed


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Stories and Community Profile

Our implementing partner reports…

When the team arrived, community members were forced to use an open, contaminated borehole as their primary source of water and because of this, residents were suffering from typhoid and malaria. The team talked with several community children who stated, “We will only be able to use this water occasionally because the adults push us away to pump water. We are too small to fight them, so we have to use the stagnant borehole.” The team promised to talk with the predominantly Muslim community about sharing water with the children, that the water provided by LWI was for everyone and would be sufficient to support the entire community’s water needs. During the team’s stay, community members assembled a water committee consisting of four men and six women who assisted the team with basic labor at the drill site, provided food for the LWI Uganda staff, worked in conjunction with the LWI Uganda sustainability coordinator, and will be responsible for maintaining the well. The majority of community members sustain a living by farming and selling their produce at local markets. The nearest school is a primary school, located in the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source.

The LWI Uganda team had an opportunity to meet with forty year old community member and community chairman, Swaib Byamugisha, who stated, “We are so grateful for the borehole. The problem of safe water is now solved because the sources of water we had, were contaminated and not safe for our consumption. But we thank Allah to give us grace to have this water so close to us and safe. We thank you so much LWI and our government leaders whom I believe have worked hard to see this happen.”

When the team arrived, community members were practicing the following: children swimming in water used for drinking, animals allowed to move freely throughout the community, community members defecating in water used for drinking and trash disposed of randomly and throughout the community. Because of these unhealthy practices along with the consumption of unsafe drinking water, community members were suffering from typhoid, cough, flue, trachoma, diarrhea and malaria.

The community at Rwengoma acknowledged the team’s sharing of God’s word during the hygiene education, but still none made a decision to receive Christ as their personal Lord and savior. One chairman, Swaib, a Muslim, said, “You have great knowledge of the God’s word and you can share it so well that people can easily understand it.
Everyone here in this training has been challenged.” When Swaib was asked what he thought of the message, he said that it was the truth and he believes. During the chronological Bible stories, the team reasoned together with the members and discussed several traditional issues while discussing the attributes of God.

The LWI Uganda team leader stated, “It was interesting listening to members discussing who is Jesus Christ. Some members said Jesus Christ is the son of Mary, others said He is the Holy Spirit and others said He is the son of God. I had some time with youth and shared with them too the word of God. I enjoyed these young ones retelling a story I shared with them and asked them a few questions about the story. Thanks to God who has always enabled me to share His word to His people.”


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05/16/2011: Rwengoma - Wells for Schools

Project completed




Monitoring Data


Project Type:  Borehole Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Rwengoma , Ntungamo District, Uganda
ProjectID: 6002
Install Date:  05/16/2011

Monitoring Data
Water Point:
Needs Repair
Last Visit: 10/19/2015
Well Depth:  39.00M

Notes:

We are actively working with this partner to resolve the issues in this community. The "last visit" date is not necessarily the date we were notified by the partner of any potential problems. Once informed of downtime, we work to respond quickly. We will update the project status when these issues are resolved.

Visit History:
01/15/2015 — Needs Repair
03/15/2015 — Needs Repair
06/23/2015 — Functional
10/19/2015 — Needs Repair




Country Details

Uganda

Population: 27 million
Lacking clean water: 36%
Below poverty line: 37%

Partner Profile

Nearly 20 years ago, LWI set out to help the church in North America be the hands and feet of Jesus by serving the poorest of the poor. 600 million people in the world live on less than $2 a day. 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water.

In response to this need, LWI implements participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries.

LWI is a former partner of The Water Project.