KYAMUGANDA VILLAGE, UGANDA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

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FUNDED JUNE 5, 2024

LOCATION

Kyamuganda is located in the Kakumiro District of Uganda.  The proposed hand pump will service betwwen 1095 and 1445 people.  There are 219 households within the village proper, plus 70 households outside of it but still likely to use the well.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Currently the villageres only have access to open ponds and swamps that are shared with [and contaminated by] the local wildlife and herds of cattle and goats. The ponds and swamps also collect runoff from the fields surrounding them, which are contaminated with the bacteria that cause Typhoid and other waterborne illnesses. This means that anyone who drinks the water is at risk. Every family in the village will tell you that at least one family member has had Typoid in the past few months because of this water.

CEED’S EXPERIENCE

CEED has been drilling in Uganda for nearly 20 years. The first well was drilled using the percussion method, which could drill inches in a day. One of our donors saw the process and donated two mobile drills for our use, which could now drill a well in days. And then in 2023 we introduced our new 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. They are our exclusive drilling team in Uganda. Herbert has been leading these drilling teams for over fifteen years and most of our drillers have over a decade of experience each.

Herbert is also a licensed CPA, so the bookkeeping is kept to the highest standards and oversight is done in the US office by both Kate Kuzko and the CEED board. Each well is funded individually and [the money] goes directly to the cost of running the drill and [paying[ salaries for the teams on the ground. After all, the workman is worth their wages, and one of CEEDs 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 & REPAIRS

The funding for future repairs and maintenance is a two-part process. When a village is chosen for a well, [some of the villagers form a water committee, who] 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 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.” 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, the 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 water committee will] collect a penny or two a month from each household to keep for maintenance. This system ensures that the well [will be] 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. To our knowledge this well with require neither.

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

YOUR IMPACT

The impact of clean water on a village is almost immeasurable. But we do know that on any given day, 71% of the village who were previously sick will be healthy because they are not drinking contaminated water.

This will have ripple effects through the village. Student attendance will increase because children will no longer be suffering from Typhoid. Girls’ school attendance will increase, as they are usually the ones charged with having to collect the water. Women will
spend less time gathering water as well, and instead, can join their husbands in the fields, or start cottage businesses.

Families will spend less money on medicines and transportation to clinics and will be able to pay for tuition for their children, and buy better seed for farming. Some will even be able to save for supplies to build a sturdier home or to get a parcel of their own land to farm. In a few years shops will have sprung up around the well, as well as new schools and churches, creating a thriving community in place of one that is barely surviving due to contaminated water.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.