Project cost: £199,000
Fully funded including £10,000 contribution from LIFE Trust
In April 2015 work started on the Kisya-Kagaana Gravity Flow Scheme in Western Uganda. The aim of the project is to provide water to approximately 5,000 people living in the valley via over 50 tap points.
The water for the tap points will collected from three springs on the Western side of the 200m deep valley, fed to tanks then to the taps via distribution pipework.
One of the challenges is to get water from the Western side to the only trading centre (Kagaana) that has vehicle access on the Eastern side of the valley.
This will be achieved by laying a feeder pipe south along the western side of the valley, across the higher southern end of the valley, then back to a tank above the Kagaana trading centre opposite the spring source.
Three areas of the local community have united to carry stone, excavate the sources, install the pipework and build the four concrete block tanks.
The effort required to carry materials across the valley and work at an altitude up to 2010m above sea level is not to be underestimated.
The Trustees of Life Trust were pleased to be able to donate £10,000 to this project.
The scheme is well underway with the pipelines and storage tanks complete, all well ahead of programme. It is hoped that the water supply will be operational in August 2016. The vitally important community health programme is also underway.
But there is still work to be completed, particularly on an experimental filter which is being trialled here, in the hope that in can be put to good use on similar projects.
View of the southern end of the valley from the Western side sources.
The community gathering on the first day of work.
View of the Western side of the valley where two of the springs are located.
Water is to be fed to the trading centre where the photograph is taken.
Working to expose the spring eyes at the upper source at around 2010m above sea level.
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Rwentamu Valley Tank
The expected cost of this project
is in the region of £40,000-£50,000.
Rwentamu is near Rushere in western Uganda. It is home to about 2,000 people and 5,000 heads of cattle. Currently people collect water from this hand dug dam. As you can see, it's not the cleanest of supplies.
We would like to be able to fund the building of a valley tank, such as the one pictured below, which has recently been built nearby. Water is withdrawn via a handpump.
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Ibinja Island, Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The expected cost of this project
Families on Ibinja Island on Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo have never had the ‘luxury’ of a safe water supply. Using unclean water and poor sanitation is causing diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera - leading to many child deaths.
UK development agency Tearfund is working to change all this. They are ensuring that 14,410 people in eight villages on Ibinja will have access to safe water and proper sanitation for the first time ever. They are planning to drill a borehole, build a solar-powered pumping system and train up local technicians so the islanders will continue to enjoy clean water - and better health - into the future. We’d love to invite you to invest in this work, or in similar game-changing, lifesaving projects by donating a gift. We are aiming to raise £50,000.
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Registered charity number 1162380
Registered address LIFE Trust, Old Forge Cottage, South Brent, TQ10 9JL
Rob Brighouse B.Sc., M.B.A., C.Eng., F.I.C.E., F.I.o.D.
Richard Malloy B.Eng., C.Eng., F.I.C.E., A.C.G.I.
Douglas McCormick B.Sc., M.Sc., F.R.I.C.S.
Roger Button BA (Oxon), Solicitor