Water and sanitation program

There was also a need to construct latrines for needy families and communities and spring wells. Many boreholes that had been out of service for more than two years needed to be repaired. Donations of any of these materials or funds to purchase materials or for well and latrine construction would help in KACCAD’s expansion of this program.

As true of the whole of Uganda, Wakiso was facing water crisis. That crisis was not due to lack of but limited access to clean and safe water. According to Wakiso District data from March 2004, it was estimated that almost 50% of the population did not have access to safe drinking water. Wakiso District data further indicated that people could travel as far as 3 km to reach a water source. In light of those realities, KACCAD put priority on well renovation and construction as part of our health program.

Our water and sanitation goal:

By December 2008, KACCAD, in partnership with Wakiso District would construct or repair two wells in Wakiso Sub-County. This work would include water and sanitation education to residents in the surrounding area. This education would take place in the form of two presentations per community on purification of water, maintaining a latrine and related water and sanitation issues. As result, residents in Wakiso Sub-County, including those with HIV/AIDS would have increased access to clean water and become informed as to how to reduce the spread of water borne diseases.

In Ssumbwe Parish of Wakiso there were a total of 12 wells for over 10,150 people. Averages of 845 people were using each well. Of these 12 wells, only three were functional (2002 National Census). The others nine “wells” in mall repair could be more accurately called stagnant pools. Contaminants such as cholera, schistosomiasis, amoebic dysentery, other water borne diseases and animal and environmental waste products were polluting these wells. These infections especially plague residents in the area during the rainy season when flooding caused severe contamination. Due to lack of prohibitive barriers, people shared these undeveloped wells with animals that could not be kept out. Thus, animal waste used to mix with the water, further reducing its quality. Human waste similarly used to mix with the water due to the fact that few families had toilets in good condition.  For community members who are generally very poor it was not an option to hire transportation to travel to the few developed wells in the parish. Those realities made it clear that well development was of fundamental importance in Ssumbwe and the district.

With those realities in mind, the development of wells in Ssumbwe Perish was identified as a fundamental need for community wellbeing. As water is central to human life, KACCAD saw that development of a safe water supply in the area was one of the first steps to support community health.

(photos of completed wells)

Due to limited funds KACCAD could not continue with the project. However any form of assistance towards this noble cause is highly welcome.

The following photos are of some of spring wells in Wakiso which need urgent action.  The photo that looks like a pond is of the spring we are planning to develop.

Development of clean and safe water sources is of fundamental importance to Wakiso District and Ssumbwe Parish. Your support for a well construction will help us provide clean water to over 845 people in our community and will increase the total of safe wells in the district. This gift to the community will help support health and wellbeing of some of the poorest community members in the district.