Water is Life – Water is Humanity
“I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink”
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.
Water Development Projects
Every Hope 2 One Life village partnership begins with clean water
12 Water Wells Drilled
3 Solar Water Systems
3 Repaired Wells
2 large scale drip irrigation systems
4 1/4 acre drip irrigation systems, numerous household bucket drip kit systems
92 Farmers trained in Farming God’s Way technique in 2016-17; 25 in 2018; 22 in 2020
2018 – Present
SOLAR WELL – drilled on the new 5.4 acre “Agape Training Center and Farm” in Omoro District, Uganda.
In partnership with Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD)
Thank you to Atkinson Foundation, Mathew Miller Fundraiser, World Water Day participants, sponsors, donors!!
- Deep water well drilling, tanks, piping, 3 tap stands (for farming, IMO piggery, fish ponds, drip irrigation, training and housing and community use) and septic system with bathroom and toilets.
Hope 2 One Life is excited to announce to our friends and donors this agricultural development project in the village of Awere in northern Uganda, Two recent events have tied a ribbon around a project that promises to put local water resources to use growing crops and livestock for food and sale, training local farmers in the latest conservation technologies, and generating revenues to support our Ugandan partner, the Agape Community Foundation for Development (abv ACFD).The first event is the legal contract that transfers ownership of five acres of farmland from the Clan members of the Wol Katoro to ACFD for a donation of 3,000,000 Ugandan shillings (approximately $860). This will allow H2O and CFD to develop a demonstration farm on this land employing principles of conservation tillage, drip irrigation, modern livestock rearing, and maximum yields, and to train and employ local farmers in implementation.
- The second event and huge blessing is the award of a $15,000 grant from the Atkinson Foundation of California to H2O for a deep water well and solar pumping system on the new farm to provide water for farmers and local residents, and supply water for drip irrigation projects on the new acreage. The location of this property in the valley of the Akwa River appears to portend an excellent water supply. An initial well survey has been performed and drilling the well is anticipated this spring.This project will directly benefit Ugandan families, especially women and children, which are in the process of recovering from the LRA civil war. We should point out that this project was stimulated by the Side by Side farmers group that first approached us on a visit to Awere in 2015. These people were among the most organized and eager group we have worked with in Uganda and without whom this project would not happen. One of our ultimate goals is to use this project as a springboard to development of micro-business enterprises that support CFD and the farmers groups. Water from the well would be used to drip-irrigate high value crops to be sold at local and regional markets, and contribute to the food security of the residents. The farm will be a proving-ground and demonstration site for modern conservation farming and livestock rearing methods that improve productivity while lessening environmental impacts.
- Thank you Atkinson Foundation, Matthew Miller Lasagna Dinner Fundraiser, World Water Day events and generous friends!!
Water Projects Bring Health and Hope to Thousands
Hope 2 One Life Donors can give thanks for all the water projects we were privileged to bring to communities across central and northern Uganda in 2016 and 2017.
We’ve never seen a better year in terms of responding successfully to such a diversity of water supply challenges. Here are the highlights:
In September 2017, through World Water Day fundraising and generous donors and matching grants from The Rieland family and Medtronics, the Mboira Village water well was drilled! They have been praying for a clean water source for years! And were drinking and collecting water from a spring fed water hole.
“In rural Uganda, having access to clean water is one of the biggest blessings one could ever have. Dirty water has contributed widely in school drop out for school going children due to health problems. The adults have suffered great losses in terms of time and money and the worst is always death from water borne diseases. Families have remained in poverty due to lack of clean water. But this is no more for Mboira village as some community members have tasted for the first time in their life how drinking clean drinking water from the borehole feels like. This has not been possible without Hope 2 One Life. Thank you so much for the community from Montana! You have given life to thousands of people. Thank all of you who made this possible. Be blessed!”
– Denis Odong, Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD) partner.
Also in 2017 repairs to broken wells in Awere, Wipolo and Pajule Villages.
In January 2016, through an $8,500 grant from the Atkinson Foundation, the drilling of a potable water supply well at the Katamarwa Primary School and St Peters Secondary School; Katamarwa Village, Kikumba, Uganda brought clean water to 1,100 students and teachers. Prior to this well, a group of students would walk 2 kilometers each way to fetch jerry cans of water for even meager hydration, affecting learning ability. The well was drilled to a total depth of 61 meters and produced an estimated flow of 5,000 liters per hour, which is relatively large for this region of Uganda. The quality of the water was tested by the Central Laboratory of Uganda and found to be free of contamination.
Katamarwa Primary and St Peters secondary school well is drilled and completed – Hallelujah! Thanks to a generous grant recieved from Atkinson Foundation!
The small village of Awal in Pader District of northern Uganda was home to Bosco, who survived the IDP camps during the LRA war, he was on our November 2015 team trip. Our team saw the hardship people suffered without a water source. Awal had been without water for most of a year and the people have to walk for 8 kilometers looking for water. Now, thanks to our donors, especially World Water Day participants, the Village has a new well. Our Ugandan development director, Terence Acaye, took us to his home village of Awere in November 2015. Our team found the village well had failed and people were forced to dip water from an open spring hole, subject to all of the tropical diseases. We had our local well contractor, DRACO, assess the well, and were able to repair it. The village once again has clean drinking water!
The Northern Uganda School for Deaf and Disabled in Kitgum was a beacon of hope for disabled children who struggled to survive the LRA war. Hope 2 One Life has assisted this center throughout its existence. When their water reservoir which supported their irrigated greenhouse crops failed, we stepped in with a plan to restore their capability for self-sufficiency. With your support, we designed and built a new roof water collection system to replace the failed one. This project presented some real technical and logistical challenges, and although our system is complete, the greenhouse was destroyed by storms and an alternate vegetable growing site was fenced and developed. Our 2017 team visit assessed the needs an helped NUCBAD reach their goals.
The Emmanuel Clinic rain water collection system was completed, as well as new stainless steel pipes in the Family Empowerment Farm Solar well.
Water and Sustainable Development through farming and drip irrigation projects continue in all areas, including Palabek, Opit, Gulu, Kitgum, Rakayata Village and Wipolo.
We were blessed to have Neal Ferhinger, a soils consultant, and his wife Rae, join us on the Nov 2015 mission trip. His soils analysis along with introducing the Farming Gods Way program was invaluable to the farmers trained! We have now facilitated Farming God’s Way training for 92 farmers!
Farming God’s Way
trained in 2016 – 17
25 Farmers trained in 2018
“As I planned on going to Uganda in November 2015 to help them with their agriculture production, I was not sure what I would find and how I could adapt my world of fertilizers, farm chemicals, and high tech equipment to truly benefit them. We started by soil testing fields or potential fields. Nitrogen and phosphorus was low while potassium was high. Soil pH was around 6. Montana soil is generally around pH 8. Crops grown are: maize (corn), soya (soybeans), ground nuts (peanuts), simpson (sesame), tomatoes, millet, milo, sunflowers, cassava, potatoes, and green beans. Most people have a 1 acre field to supply an income for their family. Average corn yields in the U.S. are 185 bushels per acre with some yielding 250-300 bushels per acre. Corn yield in Uganda without fertilizer, which very few people can afford, is 20 bushels per acre. They use in-bred corn varieties because they cannot afford hybrid variety, which must be replaced every growing season. The same yield difference occurs for the other crops. Most all field work is done with a hand hoe, instead of large tractors with climate-controlled cabs pulling implements. After observing several fields, I could see that the biggest problem was weeds and allowing volunteer plants from previous crops to compete with the currently planted crops. Since they cannot afford fertilizer and manure is in short supply, I shared the need to weed crops when the corn was 8 inches tall instead of waiting until it is 3 feet tall. They must treat the weeds as thieves, stealing nutrients and moisture. Simsim, millet, milo, and soya are usually not planted in rows. In doing so, even 15 inch rows instead of 30 inch rows, weeding would be much easier. Volunteer plants from the previous crop are also considered thieves, requiring crop rotation to break the disease crop cycle.
Hope 2 One Life has sponsored farmers to attend a 3-day class called Farming God’s Way. The three principles are: no plowing, no burning, and do everything to the highest standard. Plowing and burning reduces cover on the soil surface, thus increasing soil erosion losses. With no fertilizer, production of the soil declines quickly when erosion is not controlled. By mulching, instead of burning or burying the plant residue, soil temperature is cooler, weeds are less of a problem, and soil is held in place. Farming God’s Way provides hope for increasing crop production while sustaining the land.”
– Neal Ferhinger, Agricultural Consultants
Finally, the donation of four electronic water level transducers by Solinst LTD and InSitu Inc, have been recording data now for over a full year. The initial results allow us to see precisely how much use each of the four wells receives since it records the water level in the well each 15 minutes. We can see from the data how long the wells are used each day (see chart below), how much drawdown occurs in the well and the seasonal trends during the dry seasons and wet seasons. This information, as we hoped, provides a scientific basis to assess the sustainability of the groundwater resources on which our Ugandan beneficiaries depend.
- Tom Osborne, Hydrologist and Hope 2 One Life Board member
Assessing the Water Resource
Donors to our water projects and other water scientists ask 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.
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 www.hyrdrosi.com 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.
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:
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”