|Type||Well and a Health Educator|
Kyaruhagi is a small village in western Uganda. They have a water hole 1 mile away which is polluted with human waste. Many of the villagers have contracted typhoid from the water. The nearest borehole is 2 miles over busy roads.
According to World Bank when a clean water source is introduced to an area such as Kyaruhagi, the mortality rate of the village will be cut in half within three years. The village school children will be able to complete the water gathering tasks without losing classroom time. The health problems caused by the many water-borne diseases are considerably lessened, leading to long-term effects of better nutrition and greater mental development for the children and an increased opportunity for economic growth for the families with access to clean water.
We have found that introducing a clean water source works best when it is coupled with education. This project includes the hiring of a health educator by our partner to come and teach the maintenance of the borehole, care of the environment around the borehole, how to control the water-borne diseases, latrines, other sanitation, etc.
Because of rainy season in 2019 and then the start of the COVID pandemic in 2020, it took a long time for our team to re-enter Kyaruhagi and report back after the well was completed in late 2019. We’re sorry that for the delays in this report!
With the well in place, villagers no longer have to trek a mile to a watering hole only to retrieve dirty water. Now they have access to clean water! And we’re seeing reduction in disease already. Pictures of the new well, and the village church, are below.
This could not have been done without WORLD CHANGERS who contributed the funds and our partner CEED who drilled the well that the people of Kyaruhagi are rejoicing. Thank you so much, WORLD CHANGERS!