The aim of the project is to alleviate rural poverty and water-related ill-health. It will be located in Busimbi, Mityana District and Kitenga, Mubende District in Uganda. The project will benefit about 3,000 people through increased access to safe, clean water. This will be achieved by providing low cost manually constructed boreholes and training community members in environmental health. As a result rural communities will have a better quality of life and greater productivity.
People living in the two districts get water from a few shallow wells, streams which dry out in the dry season and leads to water borne diseases. Women and children have to walk long distances and children, especially girls, wake up early to fetch water. This affects their school performance and can lead to physical and sexual abuse on the way. The project will construct water boreholes which will significantly improve access to clean and safe water for the affected communities.
The project will construct water boreholes for 3,000 beneficiaries, support borehole maintenance committees, and train 3,000 people in hygiene and sanitation. It will also train local artisans on how to fabricate tools and materials for constructing boreholes. These activities will ensure that affected communities have clean and safe water, that the boreholes continue to be operational, and that the maintenance committee keeps the boreholes in good hygiene conditions.
The provision of boreholes will lead to a significant reduction in water borne diseases, improvement in the safety of women and girls, and an increase in children's school performance. The training of local artisans and the availability of local materials will ensure that the impact of the project continues to be sustainable.