Recently Henry (the Kibo Group Country Director in Uganda) went with the Water Source staff to work on a well in Sifugwe Village. He had this reflection on how the day went:
On Monday we went to Sifugwe Village where Water Rehab staff Steve Kambale and Alex Walyomu have been working with the village to raise money to repair their borehole. The trip is about three hours from Jinja, I actually took a couple naps since I wasn’t driving! Steve did a very good job getting us there. We arrived around noon and found the Village Chairman, Local Council 1, and the other people waiting for us. We tested the well and the water was coming up but not very much, they had to pump really hard and fast!
Steve and Alex got the tools out and started opening the pump. People from three villages are getting the water from this borehole so it is well used! Someone usually comes in the morning an hour before people start arriving. They start pumping to get the well ready because it takes so long to get water to come all the way up.
We had a lot of help from the local hand pump mechanic and young men who live close by. It took nearly four hours to do the whole repair and people stuck around the whole time to help. They helped by keeping the pipes from falling down the borehole while Alex and Steve unscrewed each section.
The borehole had six pipes. After inspecting the pipes and the rods, Steve and Alex found out that three pipes had rusted threads causing leakage. They had to cut the threads off and make new ones. We brought four new rods as some of the old ones were rusted and were almost breaking off.
The village chairman had kept an extra pipe that was added so the pump can sit deeper in the water. It took a few hours to get threads done on the pipes, replace the rods, and test the system to make sure it wasn’t leaking.
After assembling the well, one of the man started to pump and the water started coming out immediately. It was dirty at first, but after few minutes of pumping it came out clean. Everyone stated that the water never came out that fast, they were very happy, and thanked Kibo for partnering with them to have the borehole repaired. We challenged the community to keep contributing the money to their group. This money should be be put in the bank so that if the borehole needs work again in the future they will be prepared.