The community of Nyakarongo is located in a beautiful section of Masindi district which lies along the border of Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest game park. The area is incredibly fertile and the great majority of Nyakarongo’s residents are farmers growing maize, bananas, peanuts and cassava root. As a farmer, being situated close to a national park is not ideal because baboons, monkeys and wild pigs tend to help themselves to the any of the crops available. Although the animals can be a nuisance, they do not threaten the livelihoods of the farmers and their families. Instead the people of Nyakarongo have a much more pressing concern, the lack of access to clean water. There is only one water source in the community, a shallow well constructed by The Water Trust in 2008, but it is unable to serve the entire village. A number of households within the community live too far away from the protected water source and hence resort to collecting water from open pools. A plurality of waterborne diseases can be contracted by consuming the water from these pools. As people collect the water, they stand on logs which are partly submerged and unknowingly contaminate the water with fecal matter or other bacteria on their shoes and feet. Diseases which are preventable are then spread quickly throughout the area’s population via the consumption of contaminated water. The need for clean water in Nyakarongo is urgent.
In late March, 2011 The Water Trust began construction on another protected water source in Nyakarongo. Community members contributed materials and labor towards the construction of the source, truly making it their own. The geology of the area proved difficult for The Water Trust. 6 weeks and three well sitings later we are still laboring in Nyakarongo. After reinforcing our latest site with cement casings and brick lining to hold back collapsing soils, our technical team believes they are close. We hope to have water flowing for the people of Nyakarongo before the month is out.
Location: Pakanyi Sub County, Masindi District
Catchment Population: Approximately 150
Pump Installation Date: June 4, 2011
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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