This project will build an emergency water well at Nyaituma-Lower Village in western Uganda to reduce risk to children collecting surface water in the chimpanzee's habitat. In June this year an 8-year old girl was attacked by a chimpanzee while collecting water from a spring by the forest. She is recovering, and will be OK, but a well located in the village - serving about 150 households - will greatly reduce human-chimpanzee encounters, improving the lives of both species.
In June 2019, a young girl was attacked and bitten by a chimpanzee while collecting water in the forest for her family. She will recover, but there is a simple solution.
Water wells built away from the forest benefit both chimpanzees and humans because interactions between these "cousins" are reduced, and people have a safe, clean water supply in close proximity to their homes. The Nyaituma-Lower Village well project is urgently needed so villagers will not have to enter the chimp habitat to fetch water. BridgIT has already raised US$3,000, but needs to raise an additional $4,000 to fund this well. Can you help?
Villagers with wells enjoy improved health outcomes with up to a 90% decrease in water-borne diseases because they don't use surface water shared with animals. Children spend more time in school with about 30% greater attendance, giving hope for the future. Adults spend more time working, improving the family socio-economic situation, with household incomes rising by over 20%. Chimps can live their lives without conflicts with humans over water. Please help fund this important conservation well.