KASOKERO B VILLAGE, UGANDA

COMPLETE

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JUNE 21, 2023

Kasokero B Village is located in the Kasokero Ward within the Kyenzige Town Council/Kagadi District of Uganda. It contains 150 households, which implies 750 people if using the U.S. estimate of 5 per household, or 1,050 people if using the Ugandan 7 per household estimate.

There is no clean water within walking distance of Kasokero B Village.  The requested borehole and hand pump will be able to serve around 1,000 people a day.

 EXISTING CONDITIONS

There are many open ponds around the village where the people get their water.  These ponds are fed from runoff of the surrounding fields, and are full of frogs and tadpoles, as well as [being] sources of typhoid, cholera and dysentery.  As someone told us on our last trip to Uganda, at least it is water.  In the dry season, that changes as the water dries up to nearly non-existent levels. Then the villagers have to pay the local bota-bota (motorcycle) drivers for bottled water from the town centers. There is a trading center nearby, but the water can get expensive during the dry season and families may have to forego other necessities for water. Or they will dig deeper holes in the ground for any access to water. Its almost entirely mud at that point, but anything is better than nothing.

CEED has been drilling in Uganda for nearly 20 years. The first well was drilled using the percussion method. One of our donors saw the process and donated 2 mobile drills for our use. We now also have a big rig for use in areas where we encounter rock layers or other obstacles that the smaller drills cannot overcome. The team is Ugandan staffed and led through the efforts of Herbert Asiimwe, the Director of CEED Uganda. Herbert has been leading these drilling teams for over 15 years and most of our drillers have over a decade of experience each.

Herbert is also a licensed CPA. The bookkeeping is kept to the highest standards and oversight is done in the US office by both Kate and the CEED board. They are our exclusive drilling team in Uganda. Each well is funded individually and [the money] goes directly to the cost of running the drill and salaries for the teams on the ground. After all the workman is worth their wages, and one of CEED’s goals has
always been to ensure that those working for us can support their families through the work they do. We also make sure that we are running our equipment responsibly. A part of each well’s cost goes directly into maintenance and small repairs to keep things running smoothly.

WELL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

The funding for future repairs and maintenance is a two-part process. When a village or school is chosen for a well, they sign a contract stating that they will do their best to set aside a few pennies per month to help cover the cost of future repairs. They can do this by selling surplus water to local farmers, or by having a collection.

This method acts as a guarantee that the school, village, etc. will take ownership of the well. When something is wrong, they have the responsibility to reach out and let us know so the wells can be repaired in a timely manner. This process works and it grew out of many years of experience in Uganda. Without this process the village does not take full ownership of the well and before we implemented it we found that wells would break from small fixable issues, but they wouldn’t contact us because it “wasn’t their well.”  A designated water committee and the water fund solved this issue.

FAITH AND DISCIPLESHIP

We always use our drilling opportunities as a disciple-making outreach. We try to dig our wells near churches or schools, if possible. We also use the drilling itself as an outreach. One of our donors many years ago donated a solar powered projection system. During the day people come from miles around to watch the drilling while it is happening. While that is going on, the projection system is being charged. Then at night we set up the projector and play “The Jesus Film” – a film about Jesus’ life, ministry, death and resurrection in the local dialect of the area where the well is being drilled. Then when the well is completed, we add a plaque with the donor’s names and
usually a verse telling the village why the water was gifted to them. The dedications are done by the local ministers of the church, turning even that event into a praise meeting. And this well will be located near a church. People who may not have visited the church otherwise will do so just for the blessing of clean water. There they will hear the gospel, so clean water will bring them in touch with the living water Himself.

PROJECT-SPECIFIC COSTS AND FUNDING INFORMATION

Total Project Cost:  $5,000

  • Materials:  $3900
  • Labor:  $650
  • Administration:  $450

Future Maintenance:  The villagers collect a penny or two a month from each household to keep for maintenance. This system ensures that the well is fully adopted by the village and cared for.

Potential Other Costs: If we were to hit rock the well would need to be drilled by the big rig, though it is unlikely to be an issue in this area.

Describe Other Funding Sources:  Each project is directly funded. We only bring in outside funding sources in case of a dry well or a larger project that we know going in will require more heavy-duty equipment. This well will require neither as we know the water table in the area is good.

Amount of Funding Requested:  $5,000

Date Funding is Required:  As soon as possible

Estimated project start date:  Within 2-3 weeks of funding

Estimated project completion date:  Within 2-3 months of funding

FUTURE IMPACT

In 2020 CEED took the opportunity to do a survey of 20 villages that have access to one of our wells. On average each village experienced a 70% reduction in illness across the board. Typhoid, Cholera, parasites, and waterborne illnesses dropped significantly. We do
understand that there are, of course, other factors that play a part in community health, but it all must start with access to clean water.

We also expect that with a clean water source, women and children will avoid the dangers of the forest, so there won’t be a conflict with the local wildlife. The well will likely also be built close to the village church, or if the ground there isn’t suitable, the church will likely relocate closer to the water. This means that in the local way of thinking that church is blessed with water, and the locals will want to go to that church to share in the blessing. It then becomes an outreach that meets spiritual needs as well as the physical need of clean water.

The impact of clean water also has a ripple effect on the community. Parents currently spend much of their income on medical treatment for waterborne illnesses, and occasionally animal bites and other injuries. When the well is drilled and the village can safely access clean water, the villagers will be able to use their income for other things, like more seeds for crops, bricks for new buildings and even new plots of land to grow food on. One well truly does change everything for a village.

INTERIM REPORT  SEPTEMBER 29, 2023

The well was drilled on time and the water is flowing well.
We will send photos of the commissioning before the end
of the year, but the well is already in full use.

PROJECT STATISTICS

Well depth…………………110 ft (33.52 mtr)

Water…………………………65 ft   (19.82 mtr)

Yield test estimate….2,500 ltr/hr (660.430 gal/hr)

Pump test duration………4 hrs

Water cleared faster and people celebrated for receiving clean water in their area.

The inscribed well-cover & plaque
and a letter of appreciation
from a grateful community

Interim Report Submitted:September 29, 2023
Actual Completion Date:August 11, 2023
Total Actual Costs of
Project from Beginning to End:
$5,000
Updated Estimate of
Number of People Who
Will Be Served Daily:
1,050
Actual Measured
Pump Capacity in
Liters or Gallons
41.66 LPM
Total Gallons or Litres to
Be Drawn from Well Daily:
5,250 gallons

 

COMPLETED NOVEMBER 30, 2023

Following are the photos from the commissioning ceremony.  This celebration was delayed until now, due to an unusually lengthy rainy season, and Herbert’s visit to the U.S. in October.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.