Kyasajwa Village, UGANDA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JUNE 19, 2024

LOCATION

Kyasajwa is located in the Kakumiro District of Uganda.  The proposed hand pump will service 1,700 people.  There are 200 households in the village.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Currently, the only clean water source is a shallow well about 3.5 km away. Shallow wells run the risk of contamination from surface water and can’t provide enough water for two villages. It is a long walk through the bush to fetch water. The trek takes hours out of the day, while it puts the women at risk of domestic violence at home, and violence along the road. For families where daughters are sent for water, this means the end of education for the girls who are sent. Most families find drinking tainted water from the swamps around the village safer than making the journey to the shallow well.

That said, the water that they use is tainted with bacteria causing Typhoid and stomach illnesses that cost the families exorbitant amounts of money to treat, keeping many families locked into the poverty cycle.

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. 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 funds go 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 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 & REPAIRS

The funding for future repairs and maintenance is a two-part process. When the village 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 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. During the drilling 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. When the well is completed, we add a plaque with the partner’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.

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: Covered by funds raised by the Water Source Committee.

Other FundingEach 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. To our knowledge, this well with require neither.

Funding Requested from ILW:  $5,000

Date Funding Required:  As soon as possible.

Estimated Project Start Date:  July 2024

Estimated Project Completion Date: October 2024

YOUR IMPACT

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

This will have ripple effects throughout the village. Student attendance will increase because children will no longer be suffering from Typhoid. Girls will be more likely to attend school since they aren’t traveling for clean water. The women of the village will spend less time gathering water as well, and instead can join their husbands in the fields, or start cottage businesses. The women are less likely to face domestic violence at home due to spending hours out of the day to gather water. 

Families will spend less money on medicines and transportation to clinics, allowing more for tuition for their children, better seed for farming, and even supplies to build a sturdier home or 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.