Project #174 | Self-Help Groups for Clean Water in Uganda

Our partnership with The Water Trust

An estimated 45% of wells in rural Uganda are broken, and just 18% meet basic standards of quality. As a result, women and children travel more than an hour to get clean water from neighboring villages, or make do with dirty water from local ponds. Young children are at greatest risk from contaminated water. Beyond chronic sickness, bacterial infections can inhibit the absorption of critical nutrients they need for cognitive and physical development.

One Day’s Wages partnered with The Water Trust (TWT) to improve access to clean, sustainable water for five rural communities in Uganda. In two communities, TWT built new deep borehole wells. In the three other communities, TWT moved a non-functional water point to a better location where it can provide clean water. The communities that TWT serve are in the districts of Kiryandongo and Masindi, places where internally displaced peoples and refugees from conflicts in South Sudan and elsewhere turn for a safe place to start a new life. Many lack sufficient access to clean water, and often wells break down as there is no way for communities to pay for maintenance and repairs. Because of this reality, The Water Trust partnered with these five communities to also form self-help groups which will collect and save the money they need to maintain the wells. 

Our collective impact

People Trained in Well/Borehole Management

People Impacted

Wells Re-sited/ Rehabilitated

Meet Patricia

“My name is Patricia. I have two daughters and one son. Our water point never had a committee to manage it and collect money for repairs. The water point was left in the bush and we had to start collecting water from the swamp.” The Water Trust repaired the community’s water point and introduced a saving box so that the community could save for future repairs. According to Patricia “the water point is working properly and has not broken down since it was repaired. Our water has been tested and it’s safe for drinking. Our plan is to plant grass in the compound to reduce the water washing away the soil and planting a natural fence along the section of the road.”

Thank you for making this possible!

Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.

If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water and sanitation fund.

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