In July 2014, work began in Busaikya Village on a water supply project to provide a borehole for the village. The project was implemented by Butterman Outreach Centre for Community Health Services (BORCCH) in partnership with Just a Drop and sponsored by Winsley Village.
Mission of the project
To provide an improved safe and clean water source to Busaikya Village.
Busaikya Village is located in Nawandala sub-county of Luuka District, to the side of the busy Iganga-Jinja highway. The highway has attracted a large number of people to the area and the village is growing rapidly. Yet, with over 2,000 people in the community many were forced to fetch water from dirty ponds or swamps, open wells or unsafe springs.
Traditionally it is the responsibility of women and girls to fetch water. Many risked being attacked as they travelled alone through thick bush and forest to the water source. In addition, the threat of domestic violence from men was a prevailing factor. (Failing to provide water is often seen as a punishable offense); not to mention the time taken to collect water which caused disruption to the younger girls’ education prospects.
Objectives of the project
- To increase access to clean, safe water.
- To reduce the risk of water related illnesses and diseases in the community.
- To promote healthy sanitation and hygiene practice.
At the first community meeting, a Water User Committee was established with members elected by the community. The agreed roles of the committee were:
- To collect water user fees for repair and maintenance of the borehole.
- After training, to teach the community on how to use the borehole.
- To ensure that all water collecting facilities are clean.
- To host the contractors (supplying lunch and accommodation during the construction work).
Following the meeting, the Water User Committee, water engineer, BORCCH staff and other members of the community located the best site for the borehole. Clearing of the site was carried out by the community members themselves as excitement grew about the new water source. Drilling began on the 15th August and was completed on the 20th August. The borehole was handed over to the community in an inauguration ceremony on the 21st September 2014.
The committee were trained to establish and manage funds for the repair and maintenance of the water supply system. A fee of 1,500 UGX (approx 35p) was agreed to be paid per home annually to the treasury of the committee. The committee opened an account with RUBUDA, a village Microfinance organisation situated in the local Bulanga Trading Centre.
Currently villages already provided with these types of water supply have generally managed to save sufficient funds to cover basic maintenance costs and maintained the cleanliness of the platform.
A series of village hygiene and sanitation training workshops were conducted by the BORCCH social team throughout the months of September and October. The dangers of open defecation and the importance of hand washing were amongst the topics discussed. Villagers were also taught how to construct a ‘tippy tap’ (a hands free tap) for hand washing.
Colonel Mike Reynolds, Project Engineer and Amy Bruce, Project Assistant visited the community on the 15th of October 2014. They reported the following:
The well comprises a borehole 30m deep, the water being at 18m depth, and an AFRIDEV pump. All has been very well constructed, is in good condition and producing plenty of clean water.
The well has been located near the local school and central in the village.
Mike and Amy were shown the school’s kitchen where the water is being used to make the children’s lunch. They were then led to the school hall where they met many of the community members and elders; a few stood to say a few words and thank everyone involved.
14 year old Kalulu Zephaniah lives with his mother and his younger siblings (three sisters and a brother). He said that because he was the eldest he had to collect water often and it would take him two hours. Now it takes just 30 minutes from home. When he is older he wants to be a policeman and help the security of his country. He also thanked Just a Drop and Winsley Village.
44 year old Sophie Namumbya often used to be beaten by her husband when she took too long to collect water (a round trip to the nearest borehole would take three hours).
Sometimes, she purchased water from local vendors (which is common throughout Uganda). On one particular day, her husband gave her some money in order to do so, but in the end she had to give this money to her son to buy a school book. When her husband came home, he said, “lusoga tyenda bwibi mumaka ganga” (I am not going to accept theft in my home). Sophie ended up in hospital that day.
Sophie is now overjoyed because the new borehole is only a five minute walk from her home which means she no longer worries about not being able to collect water for her family.
Our sincere thanks to the Winsley Village Project for making this project possible.
Project Sponsor: Winsley Village Project
Date of Project: September 2014
Beneficiaries: approx 2,000