Clean Water Projects

Africa’s Water Crisis

• Fourteen countries in Africa are already experiencing water stress

• Another 11 countries are expected to join them by 2025

• Nearly 50 per cent of Africa’s predicted population of 1.45 billion people will face water stress or scarcity.

• Nearly 51 per cent (300 million people) in sub-Saharan countries lack access to a supply of safe water and 41 per cent lack adequate sanitation.

Clean Water Projects

Assessing the Water Resource

Donors to our water projects and other water scientists ask me how we know whether the water resources in Uganda are adequate to supply all the new water wells we and others are installing. With water shortages in places like California constantly in the news in 2015, this is a question Hope 2 One Life is addressing with actual measurements of the water levels in wells we’ve installed in Uganda. Thanks to the very generous donation of electronic transducers from two manufacturers we are now collecting water level data every 15 minutes from three wells. A fourth transducer will be installed in the solar-powered well on the FEM Farm by a well service company the next time they are in that region.

The company In-Situ, Inc  based in Fort Collins, Colorado, donated two of their Troll 100 transducers and two barologgers to this project. The barologgers record atmospheric pressure, which is used to adjust the transducer data so it reflects only water level changes due to groundwater fluctuations. One of the In-Situ transducers was installed in the Moroto West well in northern Uganda (pictured below). This is a very remote area of the country which is still in the process of recovering from the devastation of the LRA war.








The water level and water temperature data from this transducer will give us information on the groundwater response to the annual wet and dry seasons, and will also reveal the times and amount of daily use of the well by the community. By recording a water level every 15 minutes, the data will indicate the timing and duration of water level drawdown due to pumping. The second In-Situ transducer will be installed in the solar-powered well on the FEM Farm by a well service company on their next visit to that area. Two of our Ugandan colleagues on the Farm, Richard Angoma and Bosco Tolit, have been trained in the use of the software to retrieve and process the In-Situ transducer data.  – Tom Osborne, Hope 2 One Life Hydrologist

Hope 2 One Life extends its gratitude to In-Situ for this valuable donation.


How Much Water Is Used From Our Wells?

Hope 2 One Life will soon install its 9th drinking water well in Uganda, thanks to our sponsors and donors. Most of the wells are furnished with a simple but reliable hand pump. During our trips to Uganda we see the heavy use some of these wells receive, yet since there are no measurement meters, we don’t have information on just how much water is withdrawn on a daily basis, or how that might change over the year. This type of information is not available.

Now, thanks to the generous donation of electronic transducers from two manufacturers, Hope 2 One Life has installed these devices in three of our wells during our November 2015 mission trip. A fourth transducer will be installed in the solar-powered well on the FEM Farm by a well service company the next time they are in that region.

The company SOLINST , , of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, donated two of their Levelogger transducers to be used for collecting water level and water temperature data from our water wells in Uganda. These are small, sealed programmable electronic instruments which are deployed deep in a well and record the pressure of the overlying water column and its temperature. We decided to install the SOLINST transducers in two wells designed to give us critical data about water use by humans and livestock in Uganda.

The first SOLINST transducer was installed in the East Well on the FEM Farm in central Uganda, which is heavily used by residents of the Farm and surrounding villages. The second was installed in a well near the town of Opit in northern Uganda where we are in partnership with an order of Ugandan nuns to raise goats as an income-generating project to support our charitable causes there. See below the photo of this installation.








These transducers were programmed to record a water level and temperature every 15 minutes. This will allow us to see how long each well is used each day, year-round. By calibrating the outflow from each well when pumped, I’m hoping that we can convert the transducer data into an estimate of the volume of water pumped. This will provide essential data allowing us to better plan the number and location of water wells in the future, ensuring our donors that our efforts are matching the needs of the Ugandan people with whom we partner.

–Tom Osborne, Hope 2 One Life Hydrologist

Hope 2 One Life extends its gratitude to Solinst for this valuable donation.


Opit Mix Farm near Gulu:

Deep water well – borehole drilled in preparation of starting the African Boer Goat breeding project for sustainable income for the Emmanuel clinic.  Joint partnership with Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate in Gulu and Sr. Zhipporo, animal husbandry and farming specialist.  10 acres of land is fenced.  The goat house and shephard house built.  Goats are purchased and the project is underway.  We anticipate income generation after 5 years of operation.


Northern Uganda Community Based Action for Children with Disabilities:

2015:  Northern Uganda Community Based Action for Children with Disabilities, a goal for sustainable farming and rain water collection via a revamp of an in ground collection system after a dug out system failed.  We have provided tanks and a pump and water lines to connect to irrigation for the greenhouse.  Together we make a difference.  Thank you!


2014:  Two boreholes in Palabek drilled:  Laroibe village and Moroto West. 

Tom Osborne, hydrologist and Dec 2013 Mission Team assessed the water development project in Palabek region and were absolutely passionate about fundraising for this project!  72 year old Opobo Witty told our team of the LRA murdering his 5 sons right in front of him years back and his struggle to raise his grandchildren, now grown and capable of working the fields.  Now they have the opportunity!  Cows, Plows and Seeds have been delivered!   Let the sustainable farming development begin!  Thanks to generous donors and National Groundwater Research and Education Foundation grant, nearly $20,000 was raised for these wells!


Family Empowerment Uganda (FEM)- Canaan Farm; Rakayata village, Kiryandongo District, Uganda:

2015:  Drip irrigation, bio sand water filters and drip irrigation continues.  Water assessments by Tom Osborne, professional hydrologist and plan to replace some of the pipes on the solar hand pump well with stainless steel.   Water assessments with transducers placed.  Atkinson Foundation funded a grant for a deep water well at the Katamarwa Primary School and St. Peters secondary school – to be completed in 2016.

2014:  Second tank added to the solar water system for use in large scale vegetable gardening with drip irrigation in dry season.  Our first micro – finance project with the Women’s Empowerment Group.  A bumper crop of tomatoes and a huge success!   More bio sand water filters for the schools, teachers and surrounding villages.

Hope 2 One Life has raised $14,300 for the Kampala village deep water well and second tank for Emmanuel clinic water system, large vegetable garden and passion fruit orchard irrigation. Generous donations and World Water Day – Walk for Water awareness and fundraising event as well as matching funds ($6,150) from the National Groundwater Research and Education Foundation grant made this dream possible!






2013:  Bio Sand filters – 20 more for Katamarwa Primary and Secondary schools implemented by Ugandan bio sand technicians H20 trained, Geoffrey and Dennis. Hygiene, sanitation, handwashing teaching.  Fish pond project assessed and explored.
– Kampala village deep water well drilled by Draco Drilling after much effort and funded by a matching grant from NWGREF. Project overseen by Hydrologist Tom Osborne and Uganda Mission Team – Winter 2013. Village Water Board development.  Quality water testing.  
-Water assessment in the LRA War torn region of Northern Uganda in Palabek District forOpopo Witty and family affiliation of Canaan Farm. Second tank funded for the solar water drip irrigation projects and Emmanuel Clinic.

2012: Piping of water from deep solar well to Emmanuel clinic, community kitchen, clinic latrine and bathhouse, guest latrine and bathhouse and tree orchard. Water Quality testing. Bio Sand water filter construction for Katamarwa Primary school (5) and Kampala village households (5). Water assessment in Kampala village of mudhole and spring.

Solar Water Access – FEM Farm and Clinic

2011: Deep Solar Water Well with submersible pump and hand pump. Water piped and solar powered to a 10,000 liter tank with water tap stand, spearheaded by hydrologist, Tom Osborne who oversaw the project with a visit in Sept 2011. The deep solar water well project was supported by grants from Atkinson Foundation, Northwest Groundwater Research and Education Foundation, World Water Day event fundraising and individual donations. Water piped from this tank system to irrigate a large garden plot.

– Bio-Sand water filters introduced and implemented at the Katamarwa Primary School with the January/Febuary 2011 Mission Team. 1000 cups distributed to the students for clean water drinking, as well as hygiene, handwashing and sanitation teaching. Soap and toothbrushes distributed. The outreach was in follow up of the Fall of 2010 Love Covers and Love Pack distribution by Far Reaching Ministries and Calvary Chapel. Water Quality testing.2010:  Solar power adaptation of existing deep water well drilled in 2007, spearheaded by board member Tom Osborne, PH and supplemented by the Grace Bible Laurel team.  Drip Irrigation, bio-sand water filters, hygiene and village health worker training via the 2010 Uganda Mission Team.  Ugandan, Dennis, sent to bio-sand water filter training through Connect Africa.  Water Quality testing.  Clean water storage. Solar lights implemented by the Grace Bible Laurel team.  Love covers outreaches and Love Packs distributed with a VBS.

2009:  Drip irrigation bucket system implemented for family garden plots to help sustain them during dry season.  Twenty more bio-sand water filters constructed.  Fish pond feasibility study began with construction of water test pits and topo survey by eMi.  Water quality testing.  Hygiene, sanitation, handwashing, nutrition and health education provided by 2009 mission team, led by board member Nadine Hart.

2008:   Fish pond assessment, drip irrigation demo for passion fruit orchard; water quality testing of deep water wells and bio-sand water filters by board member Tom Osborne,  HydroSolutions, Inc. Hygiene, sanitation and health education provided by 2008 mission team led by board member Nadine Hart.  Ugandan’s sent to further training in bio-sand filters and rain water harvesting via Connect Africa.  Bio-sand water filter mold bought from Connect Africa  funded by Holy Rosary, Billings, MT.

2007:    Deep water well and 40 bio-sand water filter construction costs funded by Atkinson Foundation.   Second deep water well funded by Calvary Chapel-Billings, Montana.  Hygiene, sanitation and health education and latrine construction training provided by 2007 CC-Billings mission team.  Bio-Sand training and medicinal plant training provided by Calvary Chapel Entebbe. 40 families displaced by the LRA war and 6,500 villagers impacted.

2006:   Tin pots provided to boil the muddy pond water.  Illness was rampant, village clinic developed.  Mission team from Calvary Chapel Billings with Far Reaching Ministries  taught hygiene, sanitation, nutrition and health prevention.  Mosquito nets, hygiene and first aid kits, blankets and medicines funded by individual donors through St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation.  Bibles in Acholi and Swahili donated by CC-Billings.

Tender Mercies Outreach Ministries (TMOM), Kayunga District, Bugogge village, Uganda: and

2013: Water assessment by Hydrologist Tom Osborne for new deep water well in Kayunga Region
2012, 2013: Funds provided for ongoing bio sand water filter construction through the World Water Day – Walk for Water event each year in March

2011: Re-vamp of the bio sand water filter village project with hiring of bio sand technicians and trainers from Canaan farm in consultation with Tex Tychon, Water God’s Way. 38 bio sand water filters maintained and households trained. Village health worker Idi hired to oversee the on going maintenance and use.

2010:  Assessment and water testing of the Bugogge village Bio-sand water filter project.  Water quality testing of the two deep water wells.  Meeting with the village water board and Aunt Vicky’s school officials.  Coordination of the Sickle Cell Center outreach in Bugogge and Baswana villages.  All in conjunction with board member, Terry Fettig, president of AIDSpirit USA and team.

2009: Bugogge Village:  Deep water well and bio-sand water filter construction funded by Atkinson Foundation.  Hygiene, sanitation, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention, sickle cell education and more taught by 2009 Mission Team led by board member Nadine Hart.  10,000 villagers impacted

2008: Aunt Vicky’s Primary School:Deep water well funded through Billings 1st annual World Water Day, Walk for Water awareness event via direct donations from Energy Laboratories and HydroSolutions. LifeStraws implemented by board member Terry Fettig and AIDspirit. Hygiene, handwashing and illness prevention taught by 2008 Mission Team led by board member Nadine Hart.  Water quality testing and clean water needs assessed by board member Tom Osborne, HydroSolutions.

700 orphans and children in school provided clean water, dramatically improving their health, lowering illness and increasing ability to attend school.

2007: Clean water needs assessment by Mission Team led by Nadine Hart

Kalongo District and Wipolo village:

2012: Repair of deep water well in Wipolo village. Hygiene and sanitaion and village health teachings. Distribution of 100 clean water Jerry cans.

2011: Water quality assessment in collaboration with Dr. Patient. Drip Irrigation bucket kits for garden plots.

2010:  Water quality and needs assessment in cooperation with Dr. Patient Miango of Dr. Ambrosoli Memorial Hospital.  Implementation of Drip Irrigation bucket kits for small and large gardening in Wipolo village and St. Mary’s midwifery school.  Implementation of bio-sand water filter in one family household in Wipolo village.  Training on one village health worker from Wipolo village.

Water is Life – Water is Humanity

“I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink”

Matthew 25:35

Hope 2 One Life
P.O. Box 21112
Billings, MT  59104