Health  Uganda Project #21914

Safe, clean water for 3,000 people in rural Uganda

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TRANSFORM AFRICA

GLOBALGIVING REPORT 11 – JULY 2018

Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda

Our “Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda” project has been progressing well over the past 3 months since our last report.

We have not received much donations from our donors lately to enable us construct more boreholes; instead we have been embarking on maintenance work on the existing boreholes with the community members.

The benefits of the manual borehole are still been felt by community members in all the areas that they have been constructed.  Cases of water-borne diseases, accidents and child abuse have continued to decrease.  In addition the communities have reported that children go to school early now, and the farmers are experiencing increases in production and income levels.

The effective maintenance and repairs of the boreholes have been due to the training provided from the borehole management committees, as well as local artisans and also to the funds raised locally by community members.  These provisions ensure that the boreholes will remain sustainable even without external support.

However, there is still a dire need of boreholes in other parts of Mityana and Mubende Districts where we are currently operating.  There are still reports of lack of availability of safe clean drinking water in the rural areas. 

We would therefore like to plead with our donors to continue supporting us so that we can be able to provide accessible safe and clean water in these needy areas.

We hope by the next quarter of writing our report we would have secured enough donations from our donors and would have been able to reach out to the needy people in the most remote areas of Uganda.

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BIVA staff constructing the Borehole
BIVA staff constructing the Borehole

 

 

GLOBALGIVING REPORT 10 – APRIL 2018

Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda

We want to thank our donors for their numerous donations towards our “Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda” project.

In the past 3 months we have been able to support community members in Butebi Village in Mityana District to construct a borehole, for safe drinking water.

Before the construction of the above borehole, community members in the area and their children used to walk long distances to fetch water and it was unclean and unsafe for human consumption thereby making them ill due to water-borne diseases. Now that they have this borehole they are able to drink safe clean water and their health is expected to improve greatly. 

The need to construct more boreholes still continue to exist in MItyana and other under-served areas as there are many other communities which still lack this facility not only for drinking but also for agriculture and livestock farming activities.

We continue looking up to you and other people interested in the kind of work we are doing for donations.

 

Testimony

Namiburo, a community member of Butebi Village, had this to say:

Before the borehole was constructed, we used not only to suffer from poor health, but also had difficulties in finding water for watering our gardens due to lack of water and our plants were not growing well. As a result, we have not been having much yields from our gardens. After the construction of the borehole, it has boosted our finances. Before we used to spend a lot of time collecting water for irrigating the crops but now that it is closer and a safer source it has become easier and cheaper. This season we expect higher returns from our gardens."

 

 

 

Namiburo watering her vegetable garden
Namiburo watering her vegetable garden

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1 Children collecting water from a dirty pond
1 Children collecting water from a dirty pond

TRANSFORM AFRICA GLOBALGIVING REPORT 9 – JANUARY 2018

Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda

 This is the 9th GlobalGiving report and we would like to thank our donors for their generous contributions towards our “Safe Clean Water project”.

In the past 3 months we have been able to construct two more boreholes in the Maanyi and Kassanda sub-counties in the Mityana District (Uganda), where there is a crucial need for safe and clean water.

Before the boreholes were constructed children were going into dirty ponds to fetch water and there were cases of children drowning, as well as the effects of contaminated water from the ponds.

Since the construction of the boreholes, children are always happy to go to the boreholes to fetch water as it is now safe for them. They are now drinking clean and pure water and not falling sick from drinking dirty and contaminated water which they used to share with animals as well.

We very much welcome continuing donations from the general public as this will enable us to meet the dire need of the people of the Mubende and Mityana Districts, Uganda, to protect them from water-borne diseases and drought in their area.

 Testimonies

Testimony 1

Jane, a resident of Namirembe Village, has this to say:

“I am happy the children in the community don't have to walk long dangerous distances to collect water. Children as young as three years old can be seen walking from one village to the next to collect water because our pond dried up. I am happy we now have safe, clean water.Everyone is excited. This is going to boost our community. I hope other villages get this opportunity as well."

 

Testimony 2

Kato, from a Village in Maanyi, narrated how the shortage of water hindered his family business from benefiting from agriculture last season:

“Since the last quarter of 2017 Uganda has experienced an unusually prolonged drought. Many families have lost their entire seasonal agricultural yields. Currently there is a general shortage of water for areas which are not on the national water grid.

“All the maize and beans I planted dried up because of lack of water. We barely have enough to eat. With the borehole completed we have planted some more beans and maize. We water them every day because the water is accessible”.

 

                                  

2 Community members benefitting from the Borehole
2 Community members benefitting from the Borehole
3 Pond where community members used to collect wat
3 Pond where community members used to collect wat
4 After the construction of the Borehole
4 After the construction of the Borehole

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Namusisi
Namusisi's children collecting water before boreho

TRANSFORM AFRICA GLOBALGIVING REPORT 8 – OCTOBER 2017

Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda

Miyanzi and Busimbi sub-counties have been experiencing persistent drought for over two years now even school children have to leave their lessons to walk long distances to collect water. This water is not fit for human consumption.

Mothers like Namusisi below have to depend on their children to collect water from dirty ponds far away from home. This makes the children very tired after school and so are unable to focus on their academic work.

In the past, two boreholes were constructed in these sub-counties but these have been insufficient because of the increasing number of the population in the area. Since the last report two more boreholes have been constructed to ease the pressure on the existing boreholes.

We thank you the donors for your numerous contributions which have had life changing impacts on the lives of the needy people of Miyanzi and Busimbi sub-counties.

However, there is still need for more donations to address the pressing challenges of the people of Uganda. We urge our donors to please continue to donate towards this venture. The people of Uganda are still in dire need of more boreholes as more and more people are falling ill because of unsafe water and are exposed to many water-borne diseases.

Testimonies

Testimony 1

A lady by the name of Namusisi sends her children to collect water from the pond after school before the borehole was constructed; they have this to say:

“We always fetched water from this water source. We used it for all the domestic needs at our home including drinking. We walked for a long distance to get here mostly after a long day at school, by the time we got home after collecting enough water for the next day it was usually dark outside. We are happy now that we do not have to walk very far. We fear the dark because it is in the darkness that children get molested. We are happy for the newly constructed borehole as the water is very clean and our mother too can go and fetch water by herself now that the borehole is not far from our home”.

Testimony 2

Namukoza and her friends have been collecting water for their school. They have this to say:

“Each day at school before lunch break we have to collect water for our teachers. We do it in turns but we have to walk long distances. This causes us to be tired for the next lesson as usually the pond is very far from the school.

We are happy now that community members are constructing the borehole which is near our school. We will have more time to concentrate in our studies and be able to play at lunch break without been worried to fetch unsafe water far away”.

Namusisi collecting water from the borehole
Namusisi collecting water from the borehole
Unsafe Pond for collecting water before borehole
Unsafe Pond for collecting water before borehole
Community members participating in construction of
Community members participating in construction of

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1 The Pond Henry and his children used to collect
1 The Pond Henry and his children used to collect

TRANSFORM AFRICA GLOBALGIVING REPORT 7 – JULY 2017

Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda

Our Globalgiving project to provide clean and safe water for 3,000 people in rural Uganda has been going on successfully. Thanks to the donations we have received since May 2017, we have constructed an additional two boreholes in Buyobe and Namunggona Villages, in Mityana and Mubende Districts. We would like to thank our donors for their generous donations towards supporting vulnerable communities in these drought stricken areas.

The construction of these two boreholes have brought much relief to communities by providing access to safe clean drinking water. As a result, 400 children women and men in these two villages had experienced improved health and well-being. Before the construction of the boreholes, there were many instances of accidents and even children drowning at the ponds where they use to get water. Community members share the ponds with animals which made the water unsafe for human consumption. The villagers therefore experienced high levels of water-borne diseases like dysentery and cholera. Women and children used to walk over 5 kilometres through unsafe forest roads to get to these ponds.

However, with the construction of the two new boreholes women and children now walk less than a kilometre on average to get clean water. Boys and girls do not need to risk their lives and are now able to arrive early at school. They do not need to wake up very early in the morning which makes them fall asleep in class. In addition, the community members state that there have been fewer and fewer cases of typhoid, cholera and dysentery.

Below are testimonies of two community members, Rose and Henry who have benefitted greatly from the two boreholes in the villages of Buyobe and Namunggona.

 

 

 

Testimonies

Testimony 1

A man by the name of Henry of Namunggona Village has this to say about the borehole:

"Our community members are happy to be one of the recipients of a borehole. Personally my family has benefited a lot. The little children do not have to walk long distances to collect water. It is a safe water source I no longer have to worry about all the dangers that were associated with the previous water source, like drowning, waterborne diseases and even rape. Having a borehole is very good thing for our community”.

The Pond Henry and his children used to collect water from before the Borehole was constructed

 

 

 

Collecting water from the new Borehole

Testimony 2

A lady by the name of Rose had this to say about the borehole in Buyobe Village:

"The construction of the borehole brought our community together; people participated in great numbers. This shows how important this borehole is to us. I helped with the preparation of food for the team.

Because of the new borehole, my children don't have to wake up before dawn anymore to go and collect water and we now have more water at home than before. In the past, we could only afford to collect the bare minimum and spent so much time on just collecting water because of the distance. My seven-year old says now that there is enough water we should rear goats and chicken."

 

The pond where Rose and her children used to collect water from before the borehole

 

Rose’s children collecting water after the borehole has been constructed

 

The above testimonies have shown the significant impact that Manual Boreholes can have on the lives and well-being of rural people living in drought stricken areas. However, more people are still experiencing drought and lack of clean water in many villages and sub-counties.

There is therefore a need for more boreholes to be constructed as more and more people in diverse areas are in need of safe clean water. With these boreholes many more people in the rural areas in Uganda will experience better livelihoods. Donations towards these boreholes are welcome.

2 Photo Collecting water from the new Borehole
2 Photo Collecting water from the new Borehole
3 Photo The pond where Rose and her children used
3 Photo The pond where Rose and her children used
4 Photo Rose
4 Photo Rose's children collecting water after the

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Transform Africa

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website: http:/​/​www.transformafrica.org
Project Leader:
Charles Kazibwe
London, United Kingdom

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