Health  Uganda Project #21914

Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda

by Transform Africa Vetted since 2015 Site Visit Verified
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
Safe clean water for 6,000 people in rural Uganda
A Newly constructed borehole in Rural Mityana
A Newly constructed borehole in Rural Mityana

Transform Africa

GlobalGiving Report 14

Testimony

Esther is a mother residing in Mityana sub-county who understands what it means to wake up early in the morning and walk for over an hour each way to fetch water. She has been molested on the way, fallen down in a ditch due to the darkness, witnessed at least two children almost drown in one of the water points, and usually shares the water points with domestic animals.

When interviewed by our project partners BIVA, this is what she said:

‘Life for me has been extremely difficult; despite the fear of infections and waterborne diseases, I had no alternative but to use the contaminated water ponds. This has causes untold damage to my family’s health and much financial loss as I had to spend a lot on medication.

However, with the construction of the new borehole, things have turned around dramatically. Our health has greatly improved and we can now save money to invest in our gardening project’.

Water borehole construction

In the past three months we were only able to construct one additional water borehole in the target area. However, the impact has been tremendous.

To make the use of the new water borehole more effective and beneficial, we have also organised training in hygiene and sanitation for all beneficiaries. This has helped the communities to further improve their health and to maintain the wells in a sustainable way.

We have ensured that the community members take active part in the construction of the water boreholes so that they can gain ownership of the project. They have provided labour, basic materials and food. They have also been equipped on borehole maintenance. In this way they can take full responsibility for the effective running and maintenance of the water borehole. This will continue even after the end of the project funding.

Benefits of the water borehole

As a result, levels of infections and illness have decreased as noted from the records of the local health units. There have been falls in the levels of attacks on women and girls who used to wake up early to fetch water. Women can now work comfortably in their gardens because of the easy access to water, and are now able to grow food crops for domestic consumption and market sales. In addition, women and girls can spend more time on other productive activities instead of taking care of the sick or spending hours to go and fetch unsafe water.

Further borehole construction

The generous contributions of donors have provided support for the construction of the boreholes. As the title of the project states, our goal is to reach over 6,000 rural beneficiaries in Uganda.

We therefore encourage donors to continue to supporting this project so that we can reach even more rural communities in Uganda.

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Unsafe pond where people collected drinking water
Unsafe pond where people collected drinking water

 

TRANSFORM AFRICA GLOBALGIVING REPORT 13 – January 2019

Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda

Since our last report we have seen significant improvements in access to safe drinking water and general health in the communities we work in.

The generous contributions we have received from many committed donors have enabled us to continue providing safe clean water for over 3,000 people in Mubende and Mityana in Uganda.

In the last three months we have constructed two additional boreholes and trained two more borehole maintenance committees who will ensure that the newly constructed wells are kept in hygienic conditions and that regular checks and maintenance are undertaken.

As seen in the pictures below, the wells have led to positive changes in the lives and welfare of the beneficiary communities.

School children and other community members were collecting drinking water from unsafe ponds as part of their regular chores. These unhealthy ponds (Picture 1) have led to increases in waterborne diseases which cause low productivity, poverty and poor academic performance for children.

However, when we constructed the new borehole, rural communities gained access to clean drinking water for the first time. With the drought continuing and government provision of water unavailable, the manual boreholes, constructed with the generous contributions of our donors and the support of GlobalGiving, have been a much appreciated lifeline (Picture 2).

Communities have seen significant reduction in waterborne diseases like dysentery, diarrhoea and cholera, and also in accidents at the various ponds. Now pupils can go to school on time and stay awake in class which has improved their school work. Local farmers now have access to water for their livestock as well as for their crops. Women also welcome the opportunity to start back yard vegetable gardens to supplement their food sources and improve their nutritional balance.

 

1 Unsafe pond where people collected drinking water

 

 

2 Community members queuing up to collect drinking water from borehole

 

We wish to express thanks once again to our many donors through GlobalGiving. Your donations are going a very long way in improving the health and livelihoods of deprived communities in Mubende and Mityana in Uganda.

Collecting drinking water from borehole
Collecting drinking water from borehole

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The dirty pond before the Borehole
The dirty pond before the Borehole

TRANSFORM AFRICA

GLOBALGIVING REPORT 12 – OCTOBER 2018

Safe Clean Water for 3,000 people in Rural Uganda

In the past 3 months of our project, we have been focusing on supporting communities to ensure that they effectively maintain the existing facilities.

From the reports we get from the communities, beneficiaries have been expressing satisfaction with the beneficial impact of the boreholes. These have included reductions in water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and cholera, child abuse, and accidents at ponds. Moreover, farmers, herdsmen and those cultivating back-yard gardens have reported increases in productivity levels. As a result families have gained improved incomes which have translated into better nutrition, housing and health.

The communities are very grateful for the kind donations and grants which have transformed their lives through increased access to drinking and general purpose water. The demand for more protected sources has increased beyond the available facilities and we look forward to your continued support to help communities to addressing this essential need.

Testimony

Below is the testimony of a beneficiary, Jane of Kiswera Community, enjoying the benefits of a borehole:

“My name is Jane and I am a mother of 3 children.

Before the borehole was constructed my children used to fetch water from a dirty pond. They would often be ill and sometimes would fall on their way to the pond because the path to the pond was bushy and rugged. Also the children used to go late to school and miss classes because of walking long distances to the pond.

When they leave home to go and fetch water I am always worried until they get back because of fear of them falling into the pond and sometimes children are molested on their way to the pond.

With the new borehole, I no longer worry when they leave home and we enjoy clean pure water and good health. As a mother this is great for my family.

“Thank you for offering us a solution to our water problem".

The dirty pond before the Borehole

 

The BIVA Director going to inspect the existing Borehole

The BIVA Director inspecting the existing Borehole
The BIVA Director inspecting the existing Borehole

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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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Charles Kazibwe
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