Lifewater International (LI) works with Divine Waters Uganda (DWU), a registered Ugandan NGO, in northern Uganda to build hope through community empowerment. Water, sanitation, and hygiene education with safe drinking water build a solid foundation.
Lifewater has partnered with Divine Waters Uganda for 10 years and has trained the staff of the organization in Sanitation, Hygiene, Biosand Filtration, Hand Pump Repair, and Well Drilling. Divine Waters Uganda is the implementing partner based in Lira and has served rural communities in northern Ugandan since 2001; they started work in Abako Sub-county in 2009. Divine Waters Uganda is currently working with Lifewater in Ogur and Abako Sub-Counties on a three year program, which started in 2009. The program goal is to reach over 70,000 beneficiaries with safe water and over 65,000 beneficiaries with hygiene and sanitation education in 271 villages.
Te-Ongora Primary School is one of the oldest schools in Owalo parish in Alebtong district. The school is located in Awei Sub county and was established in 1961.The school was heavily affected by rebel army attacks which caused extreme damage to the former water source. One deep well is required to provide sufficient and reliable safe water for Te-Ongora students and staff.
Found in Awapiny parish in Alebtong district, Ayailworo Village is a marginalized, hardworking, and highly populated community recovering from civil unrest. The community has no boreholes so relies on an unprotected water source. One deep well is needed to provide enough water for the community.
Number of parishes is sub-county: 8
Number of communities in sub-county: 121
Estimated population of sub-county: 39,056
Percent water coverage in sub-county: 56%
Percent functionality of water sources in sub-county: 73%
LocationAyailworo and Abako Villages, Lira District, Uganda
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Community
Secondary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1,800
300 Te-Ongora community members and 1,500 from Ayailworo community members
--According to Abako and Awei Sub-county Local Government Three Year Development Plan 2008/9-2009/10.
School Children Getting Water: 1,130
Pupils at Te-Ongora Primary School
People Getting Sanitation: 0
People Getting Other Benefits: 2,653
1,153 people at Te-Ongora Primary School, including students and teachers, will benefit from two trainings—the Water Source and Sanitation Committee (WSSC) training and the WASH in Schools training.
At Ayailworo 1,500 community members will be reached with WSSC training and WASH in Schools training.
Start Date: 2011-08-01
Completion Date: 2011-11-30
Based on the local climate and geologic conditions, borehole drilling is the best option for providing water to the school. A geologic survey will be completed to determine the location for drilling and the equipment required. At this time, it's believed a deep well drilling machine is needed. Once the well is drilled, Divine Waters Uganda will install an India Mark II hand pump. Water quality is sampled and tested following drilling and the installation of the hand pump and its disinfection. A well log is filed with the Divine Waters office in Lira.
Phase 1: Hydrological survey
Phase 2: Drilling, pump functionality testing, water quality testing, hand pump installation
Phase 3: Water point hand over to the community and water source management training
Divine Waters Uganda will train a Water Source and Sanitation Committee made up of 50% men and 50% women from the community and the school faculty in wellhead protection, hand pump maintenance, and administration. Divine Waters helps the community form this committee, encouraging gender equality and advocating for diversity in membership among various age, trade, and ethnic groups. The committee oversees the borehole, ensuring its proper use, preventing quarrels, and setting up a fund for future repair needs.
Divine Waters Uganda works closely with the government at the local, Sub-county, and regional levels. This work plan has been submitted to and was approved by the Lira District office and Sub-county offices. The District and Regional offices have resettlement plans for northern Uganda, which include repair of infrastructure, such as water systems, rebuilding schools, and construction of latrines. This work plan fits within the goals and directives of the local government and a signed Memorandum Of Understanding is in place and is being monitored by the local government.
Capacity building of Divine Waters staff by Lifewater is ongoing. For example, teacher training focusing on water, sanitation, and hygiene was given in May 2010. Plans for kitchen gardens are in place, as well as the formation of school health clubs. The school is also involved in environmental activities such as tree planting, which the school health clubs will join.
For this three year program, Divine Waters is employing 15 people from project administrators, to hygiene trainers, community mobilizers, field officers, and water development technicians. Many other donors have already contributed to this program's success. To date, 43 hand pumps have been rehabilitated, 68 boreholes have been drilled, and more than 55,096 people have gained safe water.
The water source committee will be responsible for collecting a small sum of money affordable at the local household level, which will be placed in a maintenance fund. Additionally, the committee will be trained in basic maintenance of the pump and will be able to call on Divine Waters if major repairs are needed.
Maintenance Cost: $50
Prior art before metrics
Co Funding Amount: $0
Community Contribution Amount: $400
2 communities x $200 = $400
In-kind contributions include community members' assistance with preparation of the drill site and time volunteering on the water source committee. Teachers donate their time to attend the WASH in Schools training and to manage after school health clubs.
Fund Requested: $36,611
Implementing Organization: Divine Waters Uganda
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