BWIIRE LC1 VILLAGE, UGANDA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED APRIL 24, 2024

LOCATION

Bwiire LC1 Village, altitude 3,724 ft., is in the Rwamadongo parish, Mwitanzige s/county, Kakumiro district of Uganda.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

The current water sources for this village are shallow, swampy areas.  The villagers must step into the muddy water to get the Jerry cans low enough to fill, risking stepping where snakes often live.  And the water is contaminated with typhoid carried via rainwater from the surrounding fields. The school children are particularly vulnerable, as they are more likely to carelessly drink the water from the puddles.

The children, the elderly, and pregnant women suffer the most from waterborne illnesses, and there are elevated death tolls in those demographics due to dehydration and the physical damage from persistent fevers.  Medicine for Typhoid is expensive;  it takes about a day’s wages for a single dose.  And that’s before the cost of transportation to the medical clinics.  [This is] money that could be used for tuition, tools, seed for crops or even food to feed their families.  So clean water changes the trajectory of the whole village.

The village spokesman speaks of their desperate need for clean water.

CEED’S EXPERIENCE

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 big rig drills US-funded wells as well as commissioned wells from Uganda.

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, and the bookkeeping is kept to the highest standards, with oversight done in the US office by both Kate Kuzko and the CEED board.  Herbert’s team is our exclusive drilling team in Uganda.  Each well is funded individually and 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 their work.  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 & REPAIRS

The funding for future repairs and maintenance is a two-part process. When the village, or school in this case, 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 village 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, we learned, the villagers do 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.”  The committee and the water fund solved this issue.

CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

We always use our drilling opportunities as a disciple-making outreach. We try to dig our wells near churches or schools if possible. But even in villages where there isn’t more than a local congregation, we also use the drilling itself as an outreach. One of our donors many years ago donated a solar-powered projection system.  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’s 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 donors’ names and usually a verse telling the village why the water was gifted to them. 

The well dedications are done by the local ministers of the church, turning even that event into a praise meeting.  And with five churches in the area, this well will be a draw for new members of the congregations.

PROJECT COSTS AND TIMELINE

Total Project Cost:  $5,000 for a borehole well and hand pump.

Cost break out:

  • Materials:              $3,900
  • Labor:                       $650
  • Administrative:        $450

Future maintenance:  The villagers [will] 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.

Other Costs:  If we hit rock, the well will need to be drilled by the big rig, so the well won’t cost more to drill.

Other Funding:  Each project is directly funded.  We only bring in outside funding sources in the case of a dry well, or for 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.

Funding Requested from ILW:  $5000

Date Funding Required:  As soon as possible

Estimated Project Start Date:  Within 2-3 weeks of funding date

Estimated Project Completion Date: Within 2-3 months of funding date

FUTURE IMPACT

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

The poverty cycle breaks because of a decrease in illness rates.  Parents become healthy enough to work, and without having to spend money on medicine, they have enough money to feed their families, pay for tuition and schoolbooks, buy better seeds, and build better housing. The churches in town grow because of the clean water.

The school will see an increase in attendance because parents will want their children to go to school where clean water flows.  So there will be an education boost in the area.  And the churches will see an increase in attendance as well.  The area will grow, and thrive around the new water source.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.