In 2014, after a trip to Uganda and a visit to our community’s previous water source, we hosted an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to install a well in the center of our community. The previous well was deep in the jungle. Not only was the water dirty but their were countless incidents of assault on women and children. The campaign was a success, land was purchased in the middle of our community, and Tusubira Village – our educational compound in the Butiki region of Uganda was born- complete with a safe clean water source- our well!
The following are questions answered by Dr. Isaac.
1. When was the well installed?
The installation work of the well started on 24th / oct/ 2014.
Kimberly Taylor then commissioned the well in Jan 2015
2. How much water can it pump- how is it measured? Per hour?
The well yields 15000 liters of water per hour. The company that drilled the well measured the yielding capacity.
3. How many families are impacted by this well?
The well impacts over 4200 families daily since it's the only source of clean water.
4. How far did people walk to the previous water source? (The one we walked through in the jungle)
Previously people families would walk for 2-4 km looking for water, which was unsafe.
5. What medical conditions did people suffer from drinking dirty water that they don't when drinking/using the well water?
Typhoid and paratyphoid
Disease due to water scarcity hence inadequate personal hygiene
6. How much did the well cost to install?
The well cost $18000 including drilling, electrical installation, pump, tank, tank stand, pipes, pump house etc.
- The well has also greatly contributed to the establishment of demo gardens used to teach about food production for proper nutrition.
- There are no more cases of rape of girls and women from the jungles as it used to be on their way to fetch water.
- Children can now attend school regularly because they no longer spend time to fetch water
- Cases of gender-based violence are low. Initially, women would go to fetch water and spend a lot of time walking for long distances, in the due course, there would be inevitable delay to get back home, the husband would easily think that wife is having extramarital affairs and the woman would suffer gender violence.
- The women are now empowered because they have more time to concentrate on other economic value activities than before where much time would for walking long distances to fetch water several times a day.