KYEMPUNGU VILLAGE, UGANDA

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JUNE 19, 2024

The villagers and several animals arrive at the pool to get water.

LOCATION

Kyempungu Village is located in the Nalweyo Sub County,  Kakumiro District of Uganda.  The proposed hand pump will service 800 people in 102 households within the village.

CURRENT CONDITIONS

The villagers currently get their water from the open ponds around the village. This region in Uganda is very swampy in the rainy season, with large areas of nearly stagnant water sources. However, in the dry season even these options tend to dry out and the villagers will have to walk further for water and pay to dig a deeper pond to hold water longer into the dry season.

The water that they use now is tainted with bacteria causing Typhoid, and stomach illnesses and skin rashes that cost the families exorbitant amounts of money to treat, keeping many families locked into the poverty cycle. We have estimates that some families will spend upwards of $150 a year on medicine for waterborne illnesses, and considering that the average wage in Uganda is about $2 a day, that is months of labor for medicine alone.

The villagers must shoo the cow away while they gather water to take home.

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. A few years after the first well was dug, one of our donors saw the process and felt the call to donate two mobile drills for our use, which could 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 by 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, so the bookkeeping is kept to the highest standards. Oversight is done in the US office by both Kate Kuzko and the CEED board monthly. Each well is funded individually and funding 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 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.

With the cow gone, the villagers are free to gather water.

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 by taking 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. 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 donor organization’s name and usually a verse telling the village why the water was gifted.  The well 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 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 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 a few weeks of funding

Estimated Project Completion Date: Within 2 months of funding

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 won’t be traveling each day for clean water. The women of the village will spend less time gathering water as well, and instead, will be able to join their husbands in the fields, or start cottage businesses. And they will be less likely to face domestic violence at home due to spending hours of the day gathering water.

Families will spend less money on medicines and transportation to clinics, and so, will be able to pay for tuition for their children and buy better seed for farming. They may even be able to save for supplies to build a sturdier home or buy a parcel of their own land to farm. If a family reflects on the 71% decrease, and was spending over $150 a year on medicine, then they will be saving close to $100 a year for investment in education,  agriculture, and better food and shelter.

This will start to impact the whole village. 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 today, due to contaminated water.

Now begins the long journey back home with the heavy containers.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.