Ending the Water Crisis Forever in Buluwe, Uganda


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Fight for the Forgotten Partners with Ugandan Drilling Teams

An in-country, sustainable solution ends the water crisis in Buluwe forever.

Off the northern coast of Lake Victoria in eastern Uganda lies Buluwe Parish, home to small villages full of hardworking people connected by worn, red dirt roads, a handful of churches, and a primary school.

 
 

A few years ago, charity organizations gifted these villages with a series of water wells that for a time brought life, relief, and health to the region. But when regular wear caused them to malfunction and fall into disrepair, one by one they were abandoned, and the women and children of Buluwe returned to walking miles each day to gather dirty, disease-ridden water from stagnant basins and livestock watering holes. The wells joined the $1.2 billion bone pile of broken water infrastructure strewn across Africa over the last 20 years.

Fighting for a Better Way

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Last November Fight for the Forgotten was inspired to take a different approach. We partnered with TAK Water Uganda, an in-country drilling and surveying business owned and operated by Ugandans, for Ugandans. Together we imagined a sustainable solution that would end the water crisis in Buluwe forever.

That solution took more than six weeks of intensive planning, community mobilization, hand-drilling, and construction. The teams encountered every challenging drilling condition imaginable, including swelling clay, collapsing quick sand, and solid rock. In the end, TAK Water Uganda completed a series of eight new water wells that are serving clean water to more than 3,200 men, women, and children throughout Buluwe as we speak.

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Making It Last

As part of their community mobilization efforts, TAK Water Uganda has educated each community in health and hygiene best practices – keeping the clean water clean – and on the proper operation and maintenance of the wells. When community members understand the value of clean water for health, education, and daily work, they’re willing to pay for it. And every household in Buluwe has agreed to contribute monthly to a well maintenance fund managed by a committee of women. Because the wells were installed by a local company, when the well needs maintenance or repair, the committee can call on TAK Water Uganda for spare parts and expertise, and they have the funds to pay for whatever is needed.

This model not only ensures a permanent end to the water crisis in Buluwe Parish, it also supports the social entrepreneurship of TAK Water Uganda, which has become an economic engine in the region, creating jobs and prosperity where they are so desperately needed.