Mugiti Village Water Access
Organized by: Sam Allen
Sam Allen via Crowdrise
March 28, 2015
Water is scarce for the agrarian community of Mugiti in eastern Uganda. There are only 2 spring wells for an estimated population of 1000 people. The spring wells are shallow and lack pumps of any kind. After it rains, water flows out, but during the dry season, water slows to a trickle. During a severe drought, the ground water pressure drops and the flow typically stops.
On a daily basis, villagers walk a few miles to a well, spend 15 minutes filling a 20 liter jerrycan, then carry 44 pounds of unsanitized water back to their homestead, usually on top of their head. As a result, Mugiti crop yields are sporadic, unreliable, and dramatically reduced during dry seasons.
Mugiti residents are hardworking and smart, but lack sufficient water access and economic resources. They have organized themselves into a community council with representatives from each homestead. Their local leader, Sam Kawiso, facilitates weekly council meetings where they create business plans to improve their local economy, but they need a secure water source to truly flourish. The community council is currently saving money for this project.
Sam Kawiso and the Mugiti Community Council seek a reliable water source. They want to drill a deeper well and install a hand pump with a water filter.
Estimated Project Cost:
- $1,000 Ground Water Survey
- $7,500 Drilling Operation
- $1,000 Hand Pump
- $500 Sanitation Filter
For additional information please visit: http://alicemdogan.com/Jerry-Can