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THE DATA







THE PROJECT Project Location: Rushere Hospital, Rushere, Uganda GPS Coordinates: Latitude:00 12.707 S Longitude:030 56.775 E People Served: 750 Report Presented To: River Pointe Church

THE COUNTRY According to the 2008 UNDP report, Uganda is ranked 157th out of 182 countries in the United Nations Human Development Index, with more than 9 million people living on less than one dollar per day. At 3.3 percent, the population growth rate is one of the world’s highest and poses serious challenges to the country’s development. Health issues are another factor threatening Ugandan progress. An estimated 940,000 adults in Uganda are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Preventable diseases such as malaria, respiratory infection, and diarrhea are the main causes of mortality for children under five. In northern Uganda, nearly two decades of violent conflict between the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) provoked a severe humanitarian crisis marked by widespread insecurity and massive displacement. While the war raged in northern Uganda, populations of IDP camps swelled beyond capacity. Unable to supply massive numbers of people with water, many existing water wells broke down. Although the LRA does not threaten the government’s authority now, there are still thousands of IDPs with no access to clean water. Pumps that did not break down from overuse were sabotaged or stolen during the conflict. Wells that once provided clean, safe water are inoperative—forcing people to collect contaminated water from open hand dug wells, rivers, and springs.

OUR WORK IN UGANDA In 2001, when operations in Uganda first started, Living Water International worked in the northern region of the country. Operations have expanded into new regions since then, and wells are now being drilled throughout the country. Living Water Uganda utilizes trained incountry teams and other partners to drill new wells, repair existing broken wells, and teach health and hygiene classes in villages and towns in desperate need of clean, safe water. A recent campaign in Uganda has helped provide clean water for schools throughout the Ruhaama district—an area like many others in Uganda where children can’t go to school because of the time they spend collecting water or because they fall ill from drinking the water they fetch from contaminated sources. For these children and so many others, water is the key to their education. Water is life. In the coming year, Living Water Uganda hopes to drill 25 new wells and rehabilitate an additional 24 existing wells.

Population: 27 million ƒ 36% without access to an improved water source ƒ 57% without adequate sanitation services ƒ 37% living below the poverty line ƒ 710,000 internally displaced people Life expectancy: 53 years Infant mortality rate: 65 per 1000 live births GNI per capita: $420 USD Sources: World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, CIA World Factbook Official statistics often understate the extent of water and sanitation problems, sometimes by a large margin. Insufficient resources for monitoring population and/or coverage as well as varying definitions of coverage and access contribute to statistical variability.


GENERAL INFORMATION



When the LWI Uganda team arrived, community members were forced to stand in long lines with their jerry cans, waiting for a turn to collect water. The community is very large and there was only one functioning borehole being utilized by the entire community. During the team’s stay, the community assisted by providing food for the team during the day and the local church became involved and organized a leadership committee who will oversee the community well. The community is located in an urban housing district, and many community members are engaged in private businesses and there are a few who farm and sell their produce at local markets. The nearest school is located one kilometer away from the community whose students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to the new, safe water source. Before leaving the community, the team provided a LWI contact number with community member and local Pastor, Gerald, in case their well were to fall into disrepair, become subject to vandalism or theft.

TESTIMONY The LWI Uganda team had an opportunity to meet with thirty-eight year old community member and local council member, Alex Tumusiime, who stated, “Actually we have had a big problem with water in our area. We've been getting stagnant water from the dams and we use that same source for our cows. Getting clean water has been so expensive and there is such a high population using only one borehole. This is a real solution for both our spiritual and physical lives because of the clean and safe water you have given us.”

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE WELL Project Details Rushere Hospital

Community name, Type of location Region/Province/District GPS Coordinates

Rushere Latitude:00 12.707 S Longitude:030 56.775 E 1302 m

Altitude

44 m

Total depth

8m

Static level

100 mm

Diameter of casing

PVC

Casing material

India Mark II

Pump type

36 m

Depth of cylinder Well yield No. of people served

30 liters per minute 7000 in the hospital zone - Please note this borehole will not service all 7000 people. At best it can service 750 people per day

HYGIENE TEACHING Hygiene education will be implemented by friends from River Pointe Church in April, 2011.

CHRISTIAN WITNESS This project is being done in partnership with Africa Renewal Ministries. They support the local church on the ground in Rushere. While LWI Uganda directly implemented the drilling of the new boreholes there was no doubt that Christ received the glory for these gifts. The LWI Uganda team will continue to pour into the local church and keep communications open as we plan to revisit the area in early April.

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