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WaSH – Boreholes

January 31, 2020

What is a Borehole? Boreholes are narrow wells operated by hand pumps, which tap into the deep water reserves of aquifers (underground layers of water-bearing permeable rock), providing safe, accessible and reliable water for entire communities. IRT are working to fund boreholes in rural northern Uganda. It costs IRT £3000 to install a Borehole. This […]

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Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

What is a Borehole?

Boreholes are narrow wells operated by hand pumps, which tap into the deep water reserves of aquifers (underground layers of water-bearing permeable rock), providing safe, accessible and reliable water for entire communities. IRT are working to fund boreholes in rural northern Uganda.

It costs IRT £3000 to install a Borehole.

This is small price to pay to ensure that no child has to choose between an education and safe water.

Following a period of high population growth, 22 million people in Uganda lack access to safe drinking water – that’s 51% of the Ugandan population. High demand and poor management mean there is a fundamental lack of facilities providing clean water, leading to the spread of chronic waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera. One effective solution is borehole wells, sources of fresh water which are created by drilling into the ground.

The construction of a Borehole.

The Ugandan government has previously installed boreholes during the creation of camps set up for villagers to flee to during the terrifying insurgency of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Following the aftermath of the LRA’s destruction, internally displaced Ugandans have been able to move back to their homes, where they are now hours away from the camp boreholes. Villagers are faced with the choice of trekking several miles a day to fetch clean water from camps or make shorter trips to contaminated water sources such as unprotected springs. Often, the job of fetching water falls on women and girls, reinforcing gender inequality as they are unable to work or go to school as a result of travelling on foot for 4 or 5 hours a day.


WaSH – Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

January 28, 2020

Clean water, sanitation and hygiene are basic human rights. They are essential to ensure that children grow up healthy and happy. In Uganda, thousands of men, women and children are stuck in a devastating cycle of poverty where thirst and disease are so routine that they have become a normal part of everyday life. Not […]

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Water, Sanitation, Hygiene

Clean water, sanitation and hygiene are basic human rights. They are essential to ensure that children grow up healthy and happy.

In Uganda, thousands of men, women and children are stuck in a devastating cycle of poverty where thirst and disease are so routine that they have become a normal part of everyday life. Not only does contaminated water kill, the long treacherous journey to collect this water prevents thousands of young girls from going to school.

The Problem

More than 7 million children below the age of 5 die every year in the world. Contaminated water is a major cause.

Child mortality in Uganda is 131 per 1,000 live births. This makes it the highest under-5 mortality rate in Eastern Africa. Contaminated water is one of the main causes.

Diarrhoea is one of 3 major childhood killers in Uganda. It kills 33 children every day. Most get the disease by drinking unsafe water or by contact with contaminated hands.

Around 1.8 million people die every year from diarrhoea because they rely on unsafe water. Many are children.

In Uganda, thousands do not have water close to home. Every day, many young girls make the long walk to collect water, which is often contaminated. This prevents them going to school.

The Solution

Boreholes! Installing boreholes in remote villages in Uganda, which eradicate the problem of contaminated water.

If the target of 90% access to safe drinking water is achieved by 2020, 8.3 million Ugandans, including children, will be protected from water-borne diseases like diarrhoea.

IRT are on the case

IRT concentrate on providing long term solutions, not quick fixes. We help refugees to be self-sufficient, so we can leave, and help the next village that needs our help.

Not only are we building boreholes in many remote villages in Uganda, we are installing protected springs, pit latrines, dish-drying racks, rubbish pits, and tippy taps.

We are building toilets, so refugees have a clean and private place to go to the loo. Not only does this decrease the amount of disease in the villages caused by bad sanitation, this gives so many, especially women, the dignity they deserve.

IRT also train the villagers on how sanitation is important to a long and healthy life, from cooking and cleaning, to women’s sanitation, and providing washable, reusable sanitary towels.

Villagers thrilled to be using their new borehole

How much does it cost?

It costs us around £3,000 to install a borehole which provides clean water to a whole village. 

A protected spring costs us £930 to install. 

A ‘tippy tap’ costs just £2.23! Watch this video to see how simple it is to make.

A 3 pack of resuable sanitary towels cost £1.40 for a 4-month supply.

A bar of soap costs 41p.

A Pit Latrine lavatory costs us £458 to construct and install.

We need your help

All of this equipment is funded by you, our incredible supporters. All donations go towards building vital boreholes and other lifesaving equipment to provide clean water to millions of refugees, changing their lives forever and bringing them out of the cycle of poverty and suffering.

Any donation large or small will be an enourmous help to our friends in Uganda. Donate today to make a difference.

Read more about this life saving project:

WaSH – Toilets (Roots)

WaSH – Impact on health

WaSH – Sanitary Towels (Petal)

WaSH – Protected Springs

WaSH – Boreholes