We build sustainable water wells in rural, poor Ugandan villages in an effort to provide clean, safe and convenient water while sharing the love of Jesus with those most vulnerable. Join our cause!
A village is selected based on their:
- Vulnerability - villages with women and children, disabled people and HIV/AIDS affected
- Needs - villages with a need for clean, safe and convenient water source
- Commitment - villages that will sustain the water wells at both household and community levels
Water samples from each well are sent to a laboratory and tested to ensure it is safe for human consumption. Safe water highly reduces the risk of cholera, typhoid, parasites, diarrhea, skin and eye infections.
Each water well has a designated Water User Committee, consisting of both men and women from the village. They are trained on their roles and responsibilities, simple bookkeeping, sanitation and simple well repairs. The Water User Committee along with village leaders must be very supportive in the collection of operational and maintenance fees for long-term sustainable water well maintenance. Since village members are responsible for the water wells, a sense of ownership is instilled in them and the water wells are properly taken care of.
We strongly believe in empowering communities to take control of their own water wells.
Number of People:
- On average, each water well provides water for over 100-250 families which is approximately 700-1,750 people!
- 75% of households have reported no occurrences of diarrhea over a couple month span, which is a strong indication of the reduction in water-related diseases.
- Households have reported an increased daily consumption of water from an average of 80 liters to now 140 liters per household!
- Safe and clean water from the wells has greatly contributed to improved household and personal hygiene.
- Women and children are much safer now from violent attacks and rape because they don't have to travel a long distance to fetch their daily water.
- Households have reported a reduced distance walked when they collect water from an average of 2-3 miles to now under 1 mile.
- More time is spent on agricultural and domestic work and harvests are much more fruitful now. This is very important because over 90% of the people in this area are dependent on subsistence agriculture!