Water charity project
Explanation of water charity project.
This is about donating water to those who need it most by the Friends for Human Survival and Development charity organization in Uganda. Water under this project is not donated by providing it through water bottles or jerrycans but rather by creating a reliable water source and this is a borehole.
The organization needs as low as 2000$ (thousand dollar) to construct a full-fledged borehole from the start until the finish. This type of bore under the water charity project is an artisan borehole that is operated manually by pumping it and then the consequent flow of water.
Our charity organization is sometimes referred to as HumnityFriends instead of Friends for Human Survival and Development limited. Therefore, when the HumanityFriends has collected enough donations from one or more donors to construct an artisan borehole, the construction takes place in the most needing and convenient area. The water charity project is therefore constructed in place where people converge like the cross roads, near worshipping areas, village towns, alongside the roads, or near the village markets where everybody would need it and can easily access it.
The organization has also a setup system for approving the construction, and verification of the implementation of the well construction such that it prevents and blocks fraud by providing much more transparence on the flow of the water charity project.
Why boreholes are important.
People in rural areas travel long distances to look for water, some will travel between 2-7 miles to look for water most especially during the dry seasons. However, with water charity project, Friends for human survival and development charity organization save these people these long distances by bringing water closer to them.
One of the most important aspect this project where boreholes are donated and constructed is that it secures clean and safe water. This type of water will be fine for them to use it for drinking and cooking their foods. This true because without such boreholes people are left with traditional pipe wells, water swamps, which are both unsafe and unreliable because they find themselves have to share such water sources with their livestock and all domestic animals.
This type of water charity through building artisan boreholes is enough to serve clean and safe water to a small village. There is a great need for water in these areas at the extent that before we could even finish the construction of a certain borehole, people had already lined up for water access.
Steps that constitute the Charity water project
Fundraising and collection of donations
At the beginning, donations are collected both through online fundraising and offline fundraising. Moreover, more than one donor can help in construction of one borehole. When enough money is collected, which the minimum is 2000$, the engineers of the organization are contacted such that they begin the assessment of the place where the borehole will be constructed.
The place where the borehole will be constructed under this water charity project is assessed by the engineer who is going to be responsible for the construction of the well. Normally the organization has its own engineers whom it contacts and deals with the well construction.
During the assessment of the place where the water well is going to be constructed the engineer is supposed to consider the need of the people in the area and the population to ensure that the most needing place is considered for the borehole construction.
After the successful assessment of the place, the concerned engineer then communicate with the charity for approval, the charity approves the place of construction by sending one of its officials to certify the need in place assessed by the engineer, this is done also by communicating with the chairperson of the local council of the same area.
If it all goes right, then the geographical location of the place including the google maps coordinates (longitudes and latitudes degrees) are noted by the charity official for future references and verification. The official of the organization will therefore after that open up file about that specific borehole that is being constructed. He will construct a unique identification of this specific water charity project for easy reference and follow up
The construction phase of the water charity project – Artisan borehole
After the above filing and articulation of the borehole details including its name, location, population, and so on, the construction of the donated borehole commences. It can take from two weeks to one month depending on the depth of the well and the topography of the areas. However, most wells that are of 2000$ will not exceed a three weeks’ time before people could start benefiting from it.
The length of wells under the water charity project varies between 20- 55m in length. Level one’s wells are constructed by tools held manually by the people involved in the construction. However, there also wells that we can construct by automatic machines which takes the construction of water wells to another level. We always refer to these types of wells as production well because they serve quite a larger number of people in a very short period of time.
However, these specific types of boreholes which are in some cases electric with the application of solar tend to be a bit expensive than the normal artisan boreholes with prices starting from 4500$, per each production well. This is more than twice of the normal artisan borehole price whose donation amount is two thousand dollars.
This makes the artisan boreholes to be the most common type of water source constructed by the Friends for humanity survival and development organization under the water charity projects.
The drilling processes
During the construction the engineer will begin with the drilling of the hole until he or she reaches the water source. When he reaches the water source, he will continue digging down such that there can be a reliable flow of water once he or she has finished the construction process.
After that, he/she begins the cementing of the hole he/she has just drilled to ensure water safety and repair possibility in case of water shortage or any unexpected uncertainties. The piping of the well begins after that. There are different types of pipes that can be used by the engineer during the pipe installation process. Some of these pipes are cheaper than the other, there some plastic pipes, metallic pipes, unrusting stainless metallic pipes and so on. Due to the fact that the installation of pipes in artisan borehole construction under water charity is a very vital stage of construction, the organization chooses to use the stainless unrusting pipes because they happen to be the most durable, reliable and most efficient after well construction even though they are the most expensive.
The reason for choosing this type of pipes is that, the well safety can be achieved by them and the well would take years before there is a need for its repair unlike when cheap pipes are used during construction. They will break or rust with time. If such happens there will be a shortage in water flow and the people become affected by this. This will call for the borehole repair and it will mean renovation costs. So, to avoid this, strong pipes are used by our charity organization engineers
The items used in construction of artisan borehole water well
- Petal stand
- Pump head
- Water tank
- Cylinder assembly
- Connecting rods
- Stainless pipes
- Metallic rods
- Wire mesh
- Sand bricks (over 2000)
- Cement (over 12 50kg bags of cement)
- Polythene bags
The covering of the well after pipe installation
After the drilling of the hole, the cementing of it and the installation of pipe from the top to the bottom, the next stage and the last one involves the covering of the borehole. This is done when the installing of frames and pumps are already in place.
Covering the borehole involves cementing and concreating the place around the borehole to avoid damage to the borehole frames. It also provide good drainage of water flow and creates a space around the water sources in case there are large number of people fetching water at the same time.
The water can also be directed to a specific location and can be used for irrigation or used as source for a small garden with crops. This is so because with boreholes, some wasted drops of water will always be flowing on the ground. To keep the areas safe and hygienic, the covering of the well is constructed in the way that guides water drops on the ground in a specific direction.
Borehole donation by a single person under Water charity projects
In case a person or an organization considers to make a donation for an artisan borehole, the process of implementation and verification for implementation of the project is straight forward. This is true because the donor has an option to follow up the construction from its commencement to the finish when people are happily pumping water for their livestock and home use like drinking.
This is done by the organization by providing the donor with the exact location coordinates of the place where the water charity project is being constructed by the HumnityFriends engineers. With these coordinates is the information of the country, district, province, parish, county, subcounty, village name of the place of construction.
Even though google map coordinates provided by the organization is enough to pin point the exact location of the project other information about the place is provided to the donor by the organization.
Live videos and images for verification
For easy follow up and verification of the ongoing project the organization also provides the donor with live construction of the borehole in the specified place. Lives images and videos are taken and sent to the donor for easy following up of his or her donated project.
The donor of such project has the right also to provide the preferred name of the well, this name will be the official identification of the well on the poster posted at the well wall upon the finishing of the construction.
For every step that the engineer has reached, pictures and videos are taken for verification and follow up and are provided by the organization to the donor.
Moreover, upon the finish of the construction work a report is prepared by both the organization and the local chairperson of the village where the construction of took place. This report is then presented to the donor including the gratefulness and appreciation of the people of that village and elaborating how beneficial this well is to them.
Proof of construction
The organization strives to make the construction of an artisan bore under the water charity project be more transparent and accountable for. For this reason, a well is constructed after obtaining concession from village authorities and this is the chairman local council one who is contacted just before the commencement of the work of well construction.
This helps in ensuring that the well is constructed as stated since the charity organization avails the details of the borehole that is going to be constructed to the above-mentioned chairperson.
This also create a layer of accountability as the village chairperson is more curious and concerned by the challenges of his or her people who are in water scarcity. So, there will always be a follow up of the water charity project from his or her side. This is beneficial to both the donors and the organization.
Following up of the project implementation
To strengthen the follow up and create even a more transparent approach to the implementation of the project, from the start of the construction throughout the work of drilling the borehole up to the end and finishing of the well building work, live photos and videos are taken by the engineers and the local council chairperson or any other concerned authority at the village level that depict and gives a reflection of the exact current work being implemented by the engineers at the construction site.
Moreover, the exact location of the artisan borehole being built by the HumanityFriends is clearly identified by GPS and google map coordinates. These coordinates are taken and noted in way that anybody with these coordinates can reach the exact location of the water charity project where the artisan borehole is located without any need for assistance from anybody concerning the direction of the well. He or she would only need a smartphone or a computer and any convenient form of transport to reach the place where the donated boreholes are built and he or she can consequently verify it if she or her wants.
Moreover, there is always option to follow it up with smartphones or computer without physically tracing it. In addition, the donor can avail these coordinates to anybody on the ground for certification and verification of the constructed borehole in case he or she is wants to.
Donation options for the artisan boreholes
Donating for water charity project. Feel free to check out the donation options and see if there is a way you can help. When the above button is clicked different donation options are presented including all the major credit and debit cards plus offline donation options
Galleries of charity water project
Galleries depicting the construction of the boreholes and the steps involved from the start to the finish can be found here