The African Well Fund has received updates on four projects from Africare that can now be viewed in the Volunteer Forum. Two of these projects, Angola Libolo 1-2404 and Uganda WASH Program 45-2406, are completed and two others, Zimbabwe Buhera 48-2430 and Mali Phase II 26-2402, are currently in progress.
Report summaries are available below. To access the complete reports, click on the project name. Proposals and updates for all AWF-funded projects can be found here.
Angola Libolo 1-2404
This project aimed to decrease morbidity and mortality due to waterborne diseases through the provision of potable water from protected springs and the construction of latrines for 13,507 beneficiaries in Libolo Municipality. These activities were to be reinforced by community-based water and sanitation education.
Seven springs have been successfully rehabilitated. Community villagers who witnessed the positive impact of the project have subsequently rehabilitated an additional two springs on their own. Led by the sobas (local chiefs), community participation also included the cleaning of paths to the springs, the gathering of stones, and the provision of food and manual labor in support of the masons.
In order to formalize and strengthen long-lasting community involvement, seven water development committees were established and will continue to train their communities on water and sanitation hygiene.
Uganda WASH Program 45-2406
This project aimed to increase access to safe water and sanitation in schools, strengthen the capacity to maintain a water source, and enhance knowledge of water and sanitation hygiene among children at five schools in the rural district of Ntungamo. Through the project, 2,799 school children and 15,000 surrounding households are now accessing clean safe water, and the targeted five schools have improved latrines and hand-washing facilities.
This completed project can help lead to be reduced cases of water-related illnesses, reduced absenteeism among girls who now have access to safe sanitation, committed teaching staff due to availability of improved sanitation facilities and supportive communities resulting from the training interventions.
Zimbabwe Buhera 48-2430
This year's Build a Well for Bono's Birthday project aims to improve access for 2,200 beneficiaries to safe, clean and adequate water for domestic use through rehabilitation of three boreholes and the sinking of six new deep wells.
In the report on progress made in October, the lining of the Mbire deep well was completed and the cover slab was casted with short casing fitted; the excavation of the Nyamandi deep well was in progress and is now at 12.3 meters deep and still dry; head work construction at Chiduku and Chamisa wells had been completed; Chamisa, Nyamandi, Chiduku and Mbire beneficiaries had managed to mobilize locally available resources such as bricks, river sand, pit sand for the head work construction at their water points, as well as managed to raise money to pay the builders who had assisted in the construction of washing basins, apron and run off channels.
Mali Phase II 26-2402
This project aims to make clean water available, and reduce the rates of diarrhea and other waterborne illnesses in four villages located about 100 km southwest of Timbuktu. The project, which was slowed by heavy rains from July to October, was slated for completion this month.
As of now, two wells for rehabilitation are completed and two new wells have been constructed. The third one at Timbarajene village was due for completion on or about Nov. 15. This well is about 30 meters deep compared to the others which were averaging 15 meters deep.