Uganda

EWB-UNH is currently pursuing a clean and sustainable water project in Lukodi, Uganda. Lukodi is a small village of approximately 5000 people in North-Western Uganda. It is also the site of the largest single day massacre by Joseph Kony’s Lords Resistance Army. In 2006 ChildVoice International established a rehabilitation center in Lukodi for children who were victims of Uganda’s Civil War.

Over the course of 2 assessment trips in 2010 and 2011, EWB-UNH found that nearly all sources of fresh water in Lukodi exhibit some degree of contamination, mostly in the form microbial infection.  With a partnership involving ChildVoice International and the Lukodi Water Board,  EWB-UNH will disinfect, protect, and repair the borehole well’s in Lukodi. This process has been broken up into two phases to ensure that the project has a lasting impact on the community.

During the first phase of project implementation three members and their faculty mentor traveled to Lukodi. They spent their time teaching the water source committees the importance of clean water and best practices for keeping their water clean. They also tested and disinfected every borehole that showed signs of contamination. Monitoring of this phase of the project is currently in progress. The group also acquired and brought back an India Mark II hand pump to UNH. This pump is universally outfitted on all boreholes in Lukodi and the group will learn how to operate, maintain, and repair this pump in fall of 2013.

In January of 2014, five students traveled to Lukodi to complete the potable water project and assess for a new project. Ten wells were tested and half were contaminated.  EWB-UNH disinfected the water, built fences to keep animals from infecting the wells, and trained the community in pump maintenance.

A group of students returned a year later to assess the overall impact and success of the project. All the wells were tested  again, revealing that two were infected once again. After meeting with the water committee, they were only able to grant us permission to treat the most heavily used well.

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Collecting a soil sample near one of the springs.

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Collecting a soil sample near one of the springs.

In August, 2015, three students travelled to Uganda to check up on our current project as well as assess a possible new project. An assessment of the condition and characteristics of fifteen different boreholes and springs was conducted, including four new sites in neighboring Cet-Kana. A water committee meeting was held in Cet-Kana and the protection of the Wang Odong Jek spring was discussed as a possible future project for EWB-UNH. We are currently working on getting approval for this project.

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The location of the Wang Odong Jek spring in Cet-Kana.

In August of 2016, a team of four UNH Students along with a professional mentor traveled to Cet-Kana, Uganda on an implementation trip. The project implemented was a spring box. This structure will help improve the water quality and accessibility of a local exposed Artesian spring called Wang Odong Jek. It is projected to service up to 150 people in the community. The travel team worked side by side with locals over an eight day construction period.  The site was excavated with hand tools, the foundation was laid, and the piping was installed. Finally, work was completed on the side walls and trough. The project was completed with great success, and all were happy to see a very noticeable difference in the clarity of the spring water. EWB-UNH would like to extend a big thank you to the Rosenberg Foundation, EWB-USA, the Emeriti Council, and all others who have been supporting their projects and programs.

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The Finish Spring Box