Getulidha Nabirye lives with her two grandsons in Bukoma Village. She recently donated some of her land to the community to make space for a new well, even though she would have less space for corn and sweet potatoes.
The reason she was willing to share her land with the community is simple: The nearest borehole was 1.5 miles away. Everyday she and her grandkids would walk to the well where she would would often wait three hours for her turn to get water. Sometimes she would not get a chance to pump and would have to return home and use water out of a nearby pond which caused diarrhea. When she did get water she would have to carry the 40 pound jerrycan 1.5 miles home. This daily journey took the entire day, and most of Getulidha’s energy, leaving little time to tend her garden, cook, take care of her grandkids, relax, or earn money.
Trading part of her garden for easy access to water was an easy choice. Getulidha even gave two hens to the drillers as a thank you gift!
The long term success of the new well depends on the community’s commitment to take care of it. They have established a Water User Committee to save funds for future repairs and ensure the the well is used correctly. Getulidha has taken ownership of the well by making sure it stays clean, and if she sees anybody pumping in a way that will cause damage she teaches them the correct technique. Getulidha, the Water User Committee, and the rest of the people in Bukoma Village are committed to long lasting clean water. Getulidha Nabirye and her grandsons are just happy that she can spend more time in her gardens, she has time to clean her home, and they have clean water to drink.