Nabongo, Uganda Africa

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Nabongo, Uganda Africa

  • LOCATION:

    Nabongo, Uganda Africa
  • GPS:

    Latitude 03.302535° Longitude 031.109782°
  • PEOPLE SERVED:

    1001
  • TYPE OF WATER SOURCE:

    Rehabilitated Well

Avako Molly’s Story

When Avako Molly’s borehole in Nabongo broke down, she “resorted to fetching from Atu River, which
is very far, about two kilometers away. ” As a mother of six, she had great concern about the river water. “The water from the river is dirty and causes us sicknesses such as stomach pains, typhoid, and diarrhea,” she said. The journey also put a lot of strain on her body. “Because of walking for a long distance, I would become very tired and suffered from chest and neck pains.”

The challenge to gather water created domestic issues as well. “Because it takes a very long time to come back from the river, my husband used to tell me that I was purposely delaying because of laziness, he was aggressive to me, and he would beat me.”

Sometimes she would fetch water from the Jevmuti borehole. It was equally as far and difficult to reach as the river. Life dramatically changed with the rehabilitation of their own borehole, providing easy access to clean water. “Fetching water from Nabongo Borehole has restored my relationship with my husband. I no longer fight with him,” she said, displaying genuine happiness.

“On behalf of the people of Nabongo, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to 4africa and Generosity Water for rehabilitating our borehole when we needed it most. May God, the owner of all good things, open doors for you so that you increase and expand and continue to serve more needy people,” she prayerfully concluded.

Nyaknapoyo Hillary’s Story

“My name is Nyaknapoyo Hillary. I am a father of 11 children and the caretaker of Nabongo Community Borehole,” he introduces himself. Hillary shares about their community’s circumstance before their borehole was rehabilitated, “The pipes rusted, the bearing and cylinder were worn out and required replacement.” This made the well very difficult to pump, and when they were able to get water, it was filled with rust and not fit to drink.

“I had heard of 4africa as an organization that drills and repairs boreholes and had been told they do quality work. So, I wrote a letter explaining the situation to them and to the water district office. They responded by giving us an application form and came to assess our borehole,” Hillary further shared. “When our well stopped functioning, we were fetching from open wells in Kurili, Namua, and Mataka. Some people would fetch from Atu River, which has dirty water especially during the rainy season.” All of those open wells were far away, which was a hardship on the community’s women. A solution was needed.

“We are happy because the problems of water have been solved in our community. We no longer fetch from the river or open wells,“ he says excitedly. The water in the Nabongo Community is now clean, creating a safer community for all.

“I thank 4africa and Generosity Water for helping our community to repair our borehole. May God reward you abundantly.”

Country Information

Population: 44.27 Million

  • Live on less than $3.20 per day
  • 27 million people lack access to improved sanitation
  • Urban people living in poverty pay as much as 22% of their income to access water from water vendors
The need for adequate WASH (Water, Access, to Sanitation and Hygiene) services and preventative health care in communities is great! In Uganda, mothers are dying at an alarmingly increasing rate. Uganda's Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) has consistently been one of the highest in the world with 440 deaths per 100,000 live births, according to UNICEF’s latest data. In Uganda, one woman out of every 49 will die of a maternal complication related to pregnancy or delivery, and 1 in 3 women in Uganda give birth by the age of 18.

Messages From The People

“Because it takes a very long time to come back from the river, my husband used to tell me that I was purposely delaying because of laziness, he was aggressive to me, and he would beat me.”

- Avako Molly

“We are happy because the problems of water have been solved in our community. We no longer fetch from the river or open wells,“ he says excitedly. The water in the Nabongo Community is now clean, creating a safer community for all.

- Nyaknapoyo Hillary

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