We have great news to report in our second project update! Barbara was able to marshall HOCAP's resources and the Nyitawuta community and get the well completed before the rains came and made it impossible to dig the well. This update will provide an overview of the work that was accomplished and what remains to be done to ensure that the project is completed and achieves full funding.
HOCAP employed a superb engineer to orchestrate this project from start to finish. Attached here you should find a PDF of his draft assessment to prepare for the project. Although technically a draft, the work was all completed before the well was dug, so the data itself is final, so he agreed that we could share this version with you. The report provides an incredible about of detail into what types of information are needed prior to undertaking a massive project of this size.
The work to complete this assessment and dig the well kicked off on January 20th and lasted until February 12th. You can see the scale of this feat through some of the photos attached to this report. First the road leading to the Nyitawuta village was cleared more fully in order to allow the construction equipment to be transported to the site. Simultaneously, some more land for the demonstration farm was cleared to achieve project goals in that area. At the beginning of the project, the engineers estimated that it would take approximately one week to dig the well, based on the soil samples and ground conditions they had assessed. Unfortunately, the ground turned out to be much harder than expected, so the work was extended out a second week in order to complete the well in one outing. It would have been much more expensive to send the excavator to the site again, so instead it was kept out there and the well was completed.
Funding Goals & Next Steps
As you can imagine, the extra week of work threw off our initial budget estimates by quite a bit. The work was quoted at $10,000, which is what we have been fundraising towards. However, the final total came to $17,000. HOCAP has had to reach into reserves that were intended to cover the entire year's activities in order to get the well completed. While the organization is happy to have been able to complete this project, we hope to be able to refill some of the original budget after completing the original $10,000 of funding for the well.
As of today, our well project has raised $8,061 from 82 donations through GlobalGiving. Our next steps will be to raise the remaining $1,939 needed to get us to the original project goal of $10,000. Please consider supporting our efforts through one more donation to help us reach that goal as quickly as possible, and by spreading the word to others you know who may be interested in what we have accomplished. Once we have raised that $1,939, we will send out one final project report to update everyone who has supported this project. HOCAP will then pivot towards raising funds for a more long-term operational fund that will replenish the accounts impacted by the extra costs for building the well. We hope to continue raising funds on other specific projects like this well periodically in the future.
The entire Nyitawuta community is overjoyed at the completion of the well. Now that it has been dug out, it will be able to fill up during the upcoming rainy season and will be available for use by all farmers in the community going forward. Thank you for your part in this adventure; it would not have been possible without the generous support of our entire community of donors.
Barbara and Nyitawuta members stand in new well
Zoomed out view of Barbara exploring the well
Nearby community's well that inspired our project