Children collecting dirty water from a local waterhole
CEED’s Water Solutions for Africa is centered in the town of Hoima, which is in the Bunyoro-Kitara region in the Great Rift Valley geological system. CEED has been working in this region since 1999 and has made an in-depth study of the many factors that have resulted in a water and health crisis for this rural population.
The water crisis and the accompanying health crisis in Uganda are caused as much by cultural as physical reasons. In the past ten years the Ugandan Government and many well-known charities have drilled hundreds of wells throughout the rural regions, and yet the people are still without clean water. Water Solutions for Africa is taking a new approach to this problem with innovative engineering solutions and pilot projects which encourage communities to be proactive in solving their own water problems.
Our first task was to find a way to drill new wells (“boreholes”) for less than the typical $10,000 most non-governmental agencies charge. By using local labor provided by those who would benefit the most, and going back to simpler technologies, we have been able to reduce the average cost to less than $5000 per borehole.
Our next challenge was to employ a Ugandan manager to oversee all the new drilling, repair work and village committee communications. Our manager has trained a crew of Ugandan “water engineers” who refurbish inoperative wells and operate the hydraulic rig to develop new ones. To date (January 2019) we have drilled or rehabbed more than 350 boreholes, used by more than 400,000 people. And the team is still working.
Matthew 10:42 says, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (NIV)