Project #1380

Provide piped water to 5000 people in Uganda

by Kyakulumbye Development foundation (KDF)

Brian Banks is a student who is traveling throughout Africa this summer and visiting a number of GlobalGiving projects. On May 14th he visited "Provide education to AIDS orphans in rural Uganda." When asked what he would tell his friends about this project, Brian said: “Incredible: You need to see this!"

At first we thought it was some child’s sculptural masterpiece made of sticks, strings, and a plastic container; but we quickly learned that this was the tippy tap, one of KDF’s ingenious and lifesaving inventions. KDF is the organization implementing the “Provide Piped Water to 5,000 in Uganda.” The tippy tap, used for hand washing, is one of the many home-grown interventions that KDF is using to improve water and sanitation in local communities. Tippy taps have been supported by KDF’s hygiene promoters, volunteers working in their local communities that have been trained in best sanitation practices. KDF, with the help of GlobalGiving, provided volunteers with bicycles, making it easier to spread knowledge about good sanitation behaviors.

Although KDF has only been receiving funding from GlobalGiving for three years, the organization has had an impressive impact using that funding. Aside from the hygiene promoters, GlobalGiving has also funded an “eco-san” toilet. Not only does this serve as a hygienic toilet (in a community that needed one) but it provides “humanure,” a safe fertilizer from human waste. This serves Buyijja, a largely agricultural community.

Next, we visited a 90 year old man with severely limited mobility that had benefitted from a KDF rain water catchment right outside his home. The numerous orphans living with their elderly grandfather also benefit, as do his neighbors. His is among eight individuals and families that have received personal water collectors because they are unable to reach a water source. Other beneficiaries include a blind man and a bed-ridden mother with AIDS. The families we met with were overwhelmed with gratitude for these life saving devices funded by GlobalGiving.

Today KDF is using GlobalGiving funding to construct a system that will provide clean water to 5,000 individuals that currently rely on dirty ponds for water. KDF has developed an original piped water scheme that will pump clean water, using solar power to free water points all over the area. As we visited the newly drilled safe water source, Ronald, the project leader pointed out the pond currently being used by the community. We could not believe that people would actually collect water from this putrid pond, filled with algae and murky water. But, as we walked away we passed a young girl with her water can on her way to fill it at that very pond. Ronald assured us that once the piped water scheme was completed she, like so many others, would have safe water available right outside her house.

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Kdf has included community education and sanitation where piped water beneficiaries as one way of improving the general condition of the community.kdf staff have carried out intensive community mobilization to build toilets and dish racks. Solid waste, some house holds have dug pits for solid waste while others just throw on heap and burn it, when it gets dry. There is no collection and disposal system. Drainage; some houses have constructed back way pits at the back of their houses. A water main reserver has already been built. The water supply has been calculated on the population project of buwama by 2115 based on annual growth rate of 3% .As the construction water supply and pump houses are complete.Kdf has carried out service level projections vary from public tap stands servicing f group of house holds. It has been assumed that 80% of the population will use the system as some house holds collect water from other sources. Anticipated service levels for a piped water supply are estimated as follows

 Yard tap.10%  Public tap stands70%  Existing water30%

The sub massive/borehole with a safe yield water from this source would be pumped to common swamp from where t would be pumped to an elevated Ferro cement tank reservoir located on katakanyonyi where water will be distributed using gravity to consumers via distribution net work to public stand pipes. Numbers of vistors have visited the scheme including local government officials and Csos where we need to work together. GLOBAL GIVING TEAM VISTED KDF OFFICES IN Bulo and looked at the progress of the project thanked kdf for the great job done. Kdf thanks donors who gave in their penny encouraging messages and other development practitioners who have known kdf from the global giving website




Physiography and Climate: The topography of Maggale village is moderate with alternating upland and low lying area. The relief is estimated to vary between 1182m and 1341m above sea level. The rainfall in the area varies between 1200mm and 1600mm per annum. The rain season occurs between March and may and September and November. The temperature range between 140c to 370c during the day and night. The climate of Buwama is greatly influenced by their proximity to Lake Victoria and more locally by relief and elevation.

General Geology: The areas are underlain Uganda-Toro system of rocks consisting of argutetes (phylites and schist with basal quanrtizite and amphibolites. Granitoid, guesses that are foliated and magnetic underlie some parts. Limited lake deposit of lacustrine and alluvial material occur in the area. The area is underlain by un differentiated gnesis of partially granitised metamorphosed formations and granites faucet rocks.

Hydrology: Thick over burden cover the bedrock in Maggale village. The low lying areas are characterized by high number of swampy valley bottoms. The land formation is potential for well drilling and can give dependable source. The regolith is thick and consist mainly laterite, natural gravel in sand and clay. The presence of natural ponds in the area is a result of medium and high ground water potential.

PROJECT UPDATE IN DETAIL Site Investigations: Before drilling was carriedout, site investigations was undertaken in order to assess the ground water potential and feasibility of well drilling. The investigations were carried out through a number of stages: Planning phase: Hydrological logs for some of the wells drilled were analysed to get an idea about the types of lithology encountered and possibilities for drilling through them. Some information on the depth to water strikes was obtained from this data for guiding further investigations. The investigations started with reconnanance surveys of the area earlier identified by the communities and KDF. This included identifying areas with indications of availability of ground water such as thick vegetation, wide catchments, availability of natural ponds. Efforts were made to ensure that the identified areas have no sanitation facilities close by and the area is generally environmentally clean. Target area was identified for further investigation using test drilling techniques. Architectural map for the community supply scheme has been developed and is guiding the implementation process. Reconnassance and Inventory stage During this stage penetration tests were carriedout in the target area in the presence of benefiting communities and community leaders. These were done to access the ground water conditions at the site with a view of determining the possible location for well drilling. Penetration tests were carriedout based on the ranking proposed by the communities but in cases where the site had no indications of ground water potential, penetration tests were carriedout in the potential locations identified through field observations. This was always done after discussion with the beneficiaries. Preliminary data interpretation was carriedout in the field. This considered information on topographic setting, vegetation, information on PH, temperature from the penetration test holes. The lithology from the open water sources was compared with the one got during the drilling tests. This was important for calibration purposes as it could give hint possibilities of obtaining water in a particular area.

Field and calibration data was interpreted at the office which resulted in identification of actual site for well drilling. Most of the area investigated are located in close to valleys with ponds flowing in different directions. Well Drilling: Drilling started immediately after the test drilling was completed. The drilling crew was backed up by a Water Engineer while in the field to ensure that good quality work was done. Supervision and quality assurance was provided by Technical and management staff of KDF. Efforts of all the professionals resulted in the success of the drilling programme. The drilling works were always closely monitored by the beneficiaries. The well was constructed following a standard design. Field water quality monitoring analysis Water quality monitoring was carriedout during testing to assess the parameters that indicate the suitability of water for drinking purposes. Drilling Operations The drilling works was carriedout successfully. This was fast and efficient although in some areas the formation was highly collapsing especially at the site. Community participation On the site the community beneficiaries of the nearby school Kammengo secondary school/ vocational participated in ferrying bricks, hardcore, cement for linning, apron development and pump house construction.. The drilling exercise was interesting to the beneficiaries as shown by their interest to see the drilling exercise. The site drilled had enough water to sustain a community water supply. The well has been fully constructed and a pump house set up on the well and fenced. Challenge: Request more donations to this project so that we can achieve 100% target. Remaining activities: - Procurement of water reservoir tank. - Power installation - Pipes and fittigs - Procurement of submassive pump - Tap stands - Commissioning and handover - Set up of scheme operators


KDF have taken a step in monitoring the ecosan latrine at Kitoro Buyijja village. the community is still adapting to the new innovation as compared to the community views. However the community started an adult literacy class is in place, an instructor has been identified the training is under way.

Mzee Kalizile a 90 year old mzee got a water jar constructed on his house; he has never dreamt of accessing clean water he says. he used to collect water from long distances but now it is at his door steps. From those who received water jars KDF expected scale up however this has not taken place due to rampant poverty within the communities.

Hygiene and sanitaion in these places where waterjars were located is still good, dish racks and toilets are even clean. operation and maintenance is good as the gutters are still very intact and the painted colour is still original.

Thanks to the donors for the assistance extended for this noble cause of helping mankind.

progress reports on community managed water project project no 1380.


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Organization Information

Kyakulumbye Development foundation (KDF)

Location: Kampala, Central - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Ronald Kato
Kampala, Uganda

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Thanks to 73 donors like you, a total of $18,223 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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