The community of Kibirani is located roughly 30 minutes outside of Masindi town. The village sits on the edge of an industrial scale farm which produces soya beans and maize among other crops. Many residents of Kibirani work at the farm while also tending to their own small, subsistence crops. Although the industrial farm has considerable infrastructure there is no safe water source near to Kibirani. The closest borehole is four kilometers away. Community members must therefore resort to collecting water from open, naturally forming sources which are often teeming with bacteria. Consuming this water exposes residents to a myriad of diseases. The chairman of Kibirani, Charles Olwor, submitted an application to The Water Trust appealing for a safe water source to be constructed in his community. In his application he wrote the following:
“I kindly request you to deploy technicians to survey the site and for construction to kick off thereafter to save the lives of our people and avoid infection of water borne diseases: e.g. diarrhea, dysentery etc…resulting from dirty water for there is no reliable water source”
Unfortunately, residents of Kibirani are largely responsible for the contaminated water sources and their ill health. Over one third of the community has no sanitation facilities within their homes, meaning they practice open defecation. The exposed fecal matter can easily be swept downhill into the open water sources during the heavy storms of the rainy seasons. Residents then consume this water and infect themselves and become caught in a cycle of poor health. To change this situation The Water Trust has partnered with the community to not only construct a protected water source, but also to improve household sanitation through to excavation of pit latrines. The improvement of water quality and sanitation will see residents of Kibirani, especially children, enjoy better health and quality of life.
Location: Pakanyi Sub County, Masindi District
Catchment Population: Approximately 250
Pump Installation Date: August 10, 2010
The following data will be collected approximately 6 to 8 months after the installation of the water point with the start of our monitoring program.
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