Kitandwe Village is a rural community in Kasanda district, Myanzi sub county, western Uganda. Water scarcity is a serious problem here and in several neighboring villages that will also benefit from this well. Those villages are Lukiri LC1, Kyasseta LC1 and Kabojja, which has a primary school. Kitandwe and these surrounding communities are currently surviving on swamp water (stagnant water), which is drying up. The water source is shared with animals and poses a serious health hazard to the people.
The people, usually women and children of Kitandwe Village walk betweenone to two miles to fetch this dirty, contaminated water. Adding to the difficulty, the location of the water source is downhill and so the women and children must walk uphill back home with heavy containers of dirty water for their families to drink.
During dry spells, the villagers have even less access to water, or have no water at all, for household uses such as bathing and laundry. The people must go farther to find water in the dry seasons.
Water related diseases such as typhoid, diarrhea, cholera and skin diseases like scabies are common. Water scarcity has led to a decrease in crop production and livestock is affected.
Providing a well will make a huge impact on the community. They will have clean, pure water to drink, as well as for all of their household needs such as cooking, bathing, and laundry. They will be able to water their gardens and provide their livestock with clean water. The health of the community will improve dramatically. They will save what money they earn by decreasing money spent on medicine. People will not have to travel further and further away to find water during the dry seasons.