The Pond where Mr. Kalule used to fetch water
TRANSFORM AFRICA GLOBALGIVING REPORT 6 – MAY 2017
Our project to provide clean and safe water for 3,000 people in rural Uganda is progressing very well. As more and more wells are being constructed the project has been able to extend its impact to a greater number of needy communities. The numerous donations which we are continuing to receive have been very instrumental in helping the project provide a wide range of support in areas where drought has spread and where the government has been unable to meet the water and related needs of the rural communities.
Since February 2017, the new donations have enabled us to construct an additional two boreholes in Nakilagala and Lumyolya Villages. These boreholes have provided not only drinking water for over 300 local community members, but also improved the health and well-being of women and children who have normally been the most vulnerable. Instances of diarrhoea, dysentery and other water related diseases have been reported to be reducing. Officials from the local hospital as well as from the village council have not only confirmed the improvement in the health of the communities, but have expressed gratitude to GlobalGiving donors for the impact they are making in their communities.
In addition, local farmers, cattle breeders, mud-brick makers as well as school children have benefitted significantly from the boreholes. Also, women and girls who normally spent a considerable amount of time to go and fetch water, especially waking up early in the morning, used to be in danger of physical and sexual attacks. Now they do not have to walk long distances and they now have enough time to engage both in productive and leisure activities. Girls especially are now able to go to school on time, stay awake in class and therefore improve their academic performance.
Below are two testimonies of the impact of the boreholes on the lives of community members:
A man by the name of Kalule of Nakilagala Village has this to say about the borehole:
This borehole has been such a blessing, we now have clean water for home consumption and it is also enough for our animals. Where we used to collect water from was very dirty, we could not even use it to wash our white clothes let alone drink. I have now moved the drinking trough for my animals close by so that they can get to drink water easily.
Picture1- The Pond where Mr. Kalule used to fetch water before the borehole
Picture2-The borehole that is now in use
A lady by the name of Sarah had this to say about the borehole in her community:
After the long dry spell I am so happy that you have constructed for us a borehole. Being a single mother this has helped my family. We do not have to walk long distances to collect water and the children can now get to school on time.
Picture3 - The borehole that was constructed and now in use
As can be seen from the above testimonies, the project has had a positive impact on the welfare of the communities in our target areas. These are testimonies of the effectiveness of our simple approach of using local materials, training local people in borehole construction, building the capacity of the borehole management committees to run and repair the boreholes, teaching basic hygiene and sanitation, and collaborating with local health and political authorities.
For this progress, we are very grateful to all the GlobalGiving donors. Your generous contributions have provided a life line for vulnerable people in rural Uganda.
However, as the drought continues and the government lacks adequate resources to support communities, there is a growing need for more boreholes to be constructed. It is therefore our desire to extend the range and scope of the project so that the health and welfare of more vulnerable people can be improved.
We are therefore soliciting more donations especially recurring ones so that the project can continue its work of providing safe and clean water in the needy areas of Uganda.
The borehole that is now in use
The borehole that was constructed and now in use