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06TH July, 2015.
RE: THE LIVING WATER GRANT PROJECT FINAL REPORT.
I would like to turn your focus to the projects referenced above. This is a report on all the water points that were worked on by the donation from the Living Water Committee in Everett, WA. On behalf of the Aid Africa Uganda family, I thank all those from the United States who made this a reality. And my utmost gratitude to the Living Water Committee.
The Living Water Committee donated $6,000 to Aid Africa for its water projects. Specifically, Aid Africa repaired five boreholes, sheltered two springs and dug one shallow well for a total of eight projects. Each community we served on this project had between 500 and 800 people or an average of 650 people per community. These eight projects now serve about 5,200 people making the cost per person $1.15. We try to be very efficient with our donors’ money.
As is always our goal, the poorest of the poor now have clean water and this has come with all the advantages of having sources of clean and healthy water. Eighty percent of communicable diseases are water born. These people say that they will always be thankful for this humanitarian service done for their communities. I therefore would like to present the details from the different communities.
REPAIRS AND REHABILITATION:
- Full rehabilitation
We were able to repair and rehabilitate several boreholes. Among these was one borehole that was fully rehabilitated, that is, it needed a more complex repair job. This borehole is in the village of Anono, Angaya Parish, Unyama Sub-county in Gulu District. It serves three villages and before this source was worked on, the poor people had to share the dirty swamp water with their animals like cows and goats.
Before we started, we consulted the District Water Office and got information that there were twenty-eight boreholes that needed repair. We then visited most of these bore holes and chose the boreholes that served the highest number of the neediest people.
The organization also carried out several repairs that included the following;
- Gulu Public Primary School borehole.
This school is located in Library Village, Library Parish, Layibi Division, Gulu Municipality in Gulu district.
The school has a population of 1026 pupils. The borehole at the school also serves the immediate neighbors and also the school teachers. We replaced the pump buckets, sealing rings and broken pipes. Now the children in the school and their teachers are taking very clean water as seen in the photographs below.
The GPS coordinate of this bore hole is, 2.768282/32.295807. The borehole is seen above.
- Wang Olok borehole.
This water source is located in Oywelo Village, Pabbo Parish, Bungatira Sub-county in Gulu District. This water source alone serves over 800 people. The GPS coordinate of this water source is 2.848385/32.215942.
- Tetuku Primary School borehole.
This water source is located in Lapainat Village, Tetuku Parish, Koro Sub-county in Gulu District. This water source serves a community of over 1000 people and the locality has three schools that include one primary school and two secondary schools. This community had taken some time without water so the drainage system was blocked. So, the staff had to clear a way for water to move as you can see below.
It’s GPS coordinate is 2.720175/32.357453. The photos are below.
- Custom Corner borehole.
This one is found in Bwoboaywaya Village, Patuda Parish, Layibi Division, Gulu Municipality in Gulu District. The water source serves a community of three parishes. The water is at a trading center near the intersection of the road from Gulu district to Nwoya district and the road from Kampala to Juba. Its GPS is 2.760756/32.278202. Here are the photos below.
We also managed to make one new shallow well. This well is located between Binonga Village and Kal Village, Patiko Sub-county in Gulu District. In this village people were also sharing the water source with cows and goats and the water was muddy in the rainy season and then it dried up in the dry season forcing them to move very long distances to get clean water only for drinking and cooking. It means these people never used to bathe in the dry season. Now the community is very happy although they still remain shy before the camera. The GPS coordinate is 3.031581/33.329144.
We constructed two sheltered springs in two different communities. We chose to shelter this spring in these communities because they already had unprotected springs with a lot of water. Although these people had water, it was not safe for human consumption due to lack of protection of the source and they did not have the capacity to protect it since they are very poor.
Protected spring 1. (Oryem G water source).
This protected spring is located in Onyayorwot Village in Patiko Sub-county and its GPS is 2.921368/32.258805. I present to you the photos showing the state of the water before construction and after construction. This improved water source currently is as seen here.
Protected spring 2. (Luluka water source).
This protected spring is found in Keto Village, Lanenober Parish, Lakwana Sub-county in Gulu District. This water source also serves two parishes, Lujongole and Lananober. It serves a population of over 600 people. The GPS of this water source is 2.634269/32.424382. You can see the water before and after below.
In conclusion, Aid Africa as an organization is grateful and will always remain grateful. We are continuously pushing towards our goals and I believe we will be able to help the poorest of the poor, bringing us a lot of satisfaction because we would have not only helped the poor but also saved lives.
Irene Musekura, Assistant Manager