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Rural Safe Water Supply Project in Kayunga - Uganda (E.A)

Rural Safe Water Supply Project in Kayunga - Uganda (E.A)

Associated Organization: Butakoola Village Association for Development

We are the  Butakoola Village Association for Development( BUVAD), an indigenous registered non profit organization implementing a local project of the Rural Communities Safe Water Supply, which we are  implementing in Kayunga District of Uganda ( East Africa ). Our registration number is S.5914/8930. We have been operating in a rural area of Kayunga Sub county in Kayunga District since 2000 and are starting to roll out to more Sub counties of Kayunga District, following request and legal support by the District Water and Sanitation Coordination Committee of Kayunga District. Our offices are located at Bukolooto Trading Centre in Kayunga District.

 

Our Vision is to realize an improved standard of living for the people of  Kayunga District and Uganda as a whole.

 

Our Mission is to promote human values for Ugandans such that they may realize their full potential towards development for a sustainable living.

 

 In June 2009 BUVAD staff carried out a baseline survey through which a lot of challenges were unearthed. Amongst them, was that there is need for 8 more of these wells in Bukolooto parish and 9more per each in 7 parishes identified in Kayunga, Kangulumira and Busaana Sub Counties, making a total of 72 wells needed.

 

You can download a copy of this baseline survey report for you to read more about the BUVAD challenges at our website; http://www.projectbuvad.org/    

 

We have so far managed to secure funding from StartFund Netherlands for 4 of these water wells, and Minga Foundation USA for 5 more water wells, which we have so far successfully implemented.

 

The challenge now remains with securing funding for more similar water wells set up at the remaining 63 identified sites.

 

Project Goal:


This project is targeted towards improved health care in Kayunga region through easy, accessible and equitably distributed clean – safe water in remote rural communities.

 

Themes: Water

Regions: East Africa

Countries: Uganda

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Overview:

In Kayunga nearly 70% of the admissions to the District Hospital per week are suffering from water related diseases like; malaria, typhoid, bilharzia, dysentery or fungal infections with at least 40% out of each of these ending up dying per month. The  level of WASH awareness is too low in most rural areas. In an interview during the baseline survey BUVAD conducted in 2009, most respondents in the case study area mistook all these diseases to be generally Malaria.

Despite the global fight against re-known pestilences like; Ebola, HIV/AIDs, there are some other dangerous diseases that have been neglected in view of them. A case in point is the recent typhoid out break in 15 Districts of Uganda Kayunga Inclusive claiming numbers of lives.

 

The survey shows that most of the existent water sources have a characteristic of location in isolated thick bushy areas located far away from the households.

The water at these water wells is brownish in color. Water collection is by stepping in .The water has a bad odor/smell, a rotten eggs like smell coming from it,. This is a sign of decomposing waste and plant material in it. The water is hard, salty and corrosive. Naughty community children sometimes use these pools as play swimming pools. There is a clear sign of thriving water born diseases like bilharzias, typhoid, dysentery etc within these water sources as some worms and other unidentifiable organisms can be seen dangling in the water.

The water cannot be used to wash bright colored clothes lest they get stained with colors. If the water is used to prepare food the food develops a weird appearance. For example Posho(mingled maize flour) food when ready is always white in color but this water instead turns it brownish making the food look not worthy for eating though its always eaten!

 

On the social response, the rampant women rape cases in rural areas have been commonly as a result of them fetching water from distant isolated swampy areas.

Likewise, even little children have suffered prey of the rampart child kid napping and abuse in the area as evil or ritualistic fellows, whom sacrifice them for ritual purposes or other forms of abuse, kidnap them. As these little ones go to fetch water from distant isolated areas, this provides the child hunters fertile ground for catching their prey.

 

It's upon these backgrounds that BUVAD after a study of the area problems together with the community and local council leadership, mobilized to come up with mitigative approaches to the outstanding health problems of the area amongst which are water bone - killer diseases like; typhoid, malaria, bilharzia, diarrhea and dysentery, culminated by child kidnap/sacrifice, girl children and women rape.

 

From a tentative local survey that was carried out with the assistance of Mark David Fry a British volunteer, it was discovered that the water drunk and used by the people of Butakoola (the area where the project was initially implemented), was a health hazard and a major contributory factor to the spread of the identified diseases.

 

On realizing this, the community together with technical advice from Mark the volunteer and BUVAD resolved to hand dig a deep water well in an accessible place to devise means of the community accessing safe water in a safe place!

The community 2 weeks later, identified a site, started digging for the water and at a depth of 35ft managed to access very clean water, soft tasty water. This pioneer water well is now installed with a borehole pump and satisfactorily serves the community through the long dry seasons in Butakoola village.

 

 In June 2009 BUVAD staff carried out a baseline survey through which a lot of challenges were unearthed. Amongst them, was that there is need for 8 more of these wells in Bukolooto parish and 9more per each in 7 parishes identified in Kayunga, Kangulumira and Busaana Sub Counties, making a total of 72 wells needed.

 

You can download a copy of this baseline survey report for you to read more about the BUVAD challenges at our website; http://www.projectbuvad.org/    

 

We have so far managed to secure funding from StartFund Netherlands for 4 of these water wells, and Minga Foundation USA for 5 more water wells, which we have so far successfully implemented.

 

The challenge now remains with securing funding for more similar water wells set up at the remaining 63 identified sites.

 

Upon this background we request your consideration also to fund or fundraise for the digging, set up and borehole hand pump installation of more water wells for a number at your convenience each budgeted at US$4000 (excluding administrative fees).

BUVAD staff together with the local government extension workers provides WASH sensitization to each beneficiary community.

 

Experience has shown that each of these water wells serves at least a population of between 100 to 300 people/lives living in 20 to 50 households as direct beneficiaries or daily water users. Hence not more than $20 would be used to save a life with safe water for years!

Project Goal:


This project is targeted towards improved health care in Kayunga region through easy, accessible and equitably distributed clean – safe water in remote rural communities.

 

Sustainability:


Through our on going monitoring and impact evaluation conducted in past project beneficiary communities' visits, local council discussions, and reports made during the quarterly reunions between BUVAD and the set up Water User Management Committees (WUMCs) under BUVAD's guidance, per each set up community water well, Scale-able impact of the project has been realized indicating reduced incidences of water related sicknesses cases and related child kidnap, women rape threats.

BUVAD with funding support from Minga Foundation USA and StartFund Netherlands, has trained an own borehole maintenance hand pump mechanic, a local born child and resident of the area, whom is helping to cater for the continuous functionality of each of the donated boreholes. With support of hand tools donated and shipped to Uganda by WorkAid UK, we have equipped our trained hand pump mechanic with a fully equipped tool box to make him available to the water user committees whenever need arises. We also intend to train 8 more hand pump mechanics.


 

If our application secures your funding support, it will be our duty to send you periodical and final financial and narrative reports, of how the funding support shall have been spent on the programme's work and progress of the project.

 

We are eager to answer any queries of clarification that you might ask and in case of any additional information needed feel free to contact us on buvad2000@gmail.com

 

Your kind consideration to support this cause shall save the health of many lives and security of especially the women and the little ones!