Wells and water

Clean water is the most essential basis for a community to be able to provide for itself.

A well changes the history of a village and in particular the lives of the women and girls. Women around the world spend 200 million hours a day drawing water and have to walk long distances to do so. A well in the immediate vicinity therefore means more time for the mothers to look after the family and grow food, as well as enough time for the girls to attend school. Water is life and a well is real help for self-help.

Well construction

A well with a hand pump has the capacity to supply around 500 to 600 people with water. The project comprises the following phases:

Every well project begins with the clarification of requirements, expert surveying and a geological survey.

The deep water source is tapped by drilling (70-90 meters deep) using a truck with a drilling rig. The borehole is then lined and secured.

In rare cases, deeper drilling is necessary. However, this requires the installation of a solar pump, as the conventional hand pump is not designed for such depths.

After drilling, a mechanical hand pump is installed to bring the water the 70-90m to the surface.

In addition, the population is trained in water, hygiene and well maintenance.

Sustainability components such as the technical training of mechanics, the formation and training of local water committees or the establishment of hygiene measures (latrine construction or washing stations) are also implemented.

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Our impact

Thanks to your donations
in 2023, we could achieve around

Drilling or renovating wells.

“When we saw the water coming out, we couldn’t believe it. We were all happy, excited and so relieved. The water is clean! Now the children can drink and we don’t have to worry about all the diseases anymore.”

– Awuru Amalia (68)

WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

In addition to traditional well drilling, our WASH projects (water, sanitation and hygiene) also include other areas:

Well renovations: Sometimes older wells suffer a burst pipe or other major defects. Such major defects often cannot be repaired by the local well committee. This is why we renovate such wells, for example by removing the pipe from the ground and replacing it.

Sanitary facilities: Hygiene is important to prevent diseases. In sub-Saharan Africa, 18% of the population defecate in the open air. A lack of sanitary facilities often leads to illness. As a result, 5% of deaths in low-income countries are attributable to this problem. This is why we are building latrines.

Hygiene: To ensure hygiene, people not only need latrines, but also the opportunity to wash their hands with soap and water. 74% of sub-Saharan countries lack this access. We are changing this with washing stations.

Well drilling
Well renovation
Sanitary facilities
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Current projects

Uganda

Major project – water and wells for Uganda

Evaluations and consultations with local authorities and experts have shown that the focus in Uganda should continue to be on the rehabilitation of defective wells and the training of mechanics and responsible committees.

Projects 2019-2023

2023

We were able to drill 5 wells and rehabilitate 14 in Uganda and Mozambique.

In Uganda, we have rehabilitated 14 wells and drilled one new well.

Location: West Nile, Northern Uganda and Karamoja districts (Uganda)

Project scope:

  • 14 fountains renovated
  • 1 Well drilled
  • Hygiene campaigns carried out

Uganda water project WASH well

In Mozambique, we were able to finance new wells and latrines at three elementary school in Mirige, Namitil and Pitimpine in Montepuez and one elementary school in Mapupulo. The village communities and schools are relieved and grateful because water and hygiene change everything.

Location: Mapupulo and Montepuez, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Population: 11,172 schoolchildren, teachers and other affected persons

2022

We were able to drill 3 wells and rehabilitate 17 in Angola, Uganda and Mozambique.

We have rehabilitated 16 wells in Uganda.

Location: Karamoja district and , Uganda

Project scope:

  • 16 fountains renovated
  • Latrines built
  • Training courses held

The Mapupulo elementary school in Mozambique has received a new well and latrines. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Mapupulo, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique

Population: 500 schoolchildren (260 girls / 240 boys)

GPS coordinates: 13°13.920 “S 38°52.5130 “E

Construction period: April – October 2022

Drilling depth: 42 meters

Water quality: good

We have renovated the defective well at our partner school Italia. The whole village and the elementary school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now assured.

Location: Catengue, Caimbambo district, Benguela province, Angola

Population: 215 schoolchildren and 670 villagers

GPS coordinates: 13°15’33.0 “S 13°47’11.9 “E

First drilling: Sept. 2013

Defect since: 20.07.2022

Drilling date: 20.10.2022

New drilling depth: 36 meters

Two more wells have been drilled in Gimbo do Bombo and Bairro Novo and six are still outstanding due to project delays.

2021

We were able to drill 5 wells in Angola.

Kavinjiliti has received a new well. The whole village is relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Kavinjiliti village, Caimbambo district, Angola

Inhabitants: 400

GPS coordinates: -13.063397, 14.019014

Drilling date: 14.08.2021

Drilling depth: 73 meters

Ventoinha has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Ventoinha, Angola

Population: 486 (+261 schoolchildren)

GPS coordinates:12°57’54.5 “S 14°02’23.0 “E

Drilling date: 17.08.2021

Drilling depth: 55 meters

Water quality: very good

Delivery rate: 1.0 l/sec

Ventoinha has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Cailunga, Angola

Inhabitants: 735

GPS coordinates:13°02’00.3 “S 14°03’27.8 “E

Drilling date: 13.08.2021

Drilling depth: 79 meters

Water quality: very good

Delivery rate: 0.4 l/sec

Tchikwã has received a new well. The whole village is relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Tchikwã, Angola

Inhabitants: 613

GPS coordinates: 13°04’05.3 “S 14°06’37.5 “E

Drilling date: 12.08.2021

Drilling depth: 73 meters

Water quality: very good

Delivery rate: 0.3 l/sec

The Calohima well served as a replacement well for the originally planned well in Tchilongola, which was unfortunately a dry well. However, ForAfrika still hopes to be able to help the community.

Location: Calohima village, Caimbambo district, Angola

Inhabitants: 613

GPS coordinates: -13.109139, 14.120639

Drilling date: 11.08.2021

Drilling depth: 73 meters

2020

We were able to drill 8 wells in Angola and 2 wells and latrines in Mozambique.

Kalea has received a new well. The whole village and our sponsored school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now assured.

Location: Kalea, Angola

Population: 660 inhabitants and 236 children

GPS coordinates:
13°04’47.1 “S 13°56’08.4 “E

Drilling date: 16.05.2020

Drilling depth: 55 meters

Water quality: Very good

Delivery rate: 0.7 l/sec

Molowa II has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Molowa II, Angola

Population: 900 (+347 schoolchildren)

GPS coordinates:
13°06’05.0 “S 13°58’44.0 “E

Drilling date: 05.05.2020

Drilling depth: 43 meters

Water quality: very good

Delivery rate: 0.7 l/sec

Tchingulita has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Tchingulita, Angola

GPS coordinates:
13°03’42.5 “S 13°59’51.1 “E

Drilling date: 08.05.2020

Drilling depth: 73 meters

Water quality: Good

Delivery rate: 0.3 l/sec

Chiloñe has received a new well. The whole village is relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Chiloñe, Angola

Inhabitants: 770

GPS coordinates:
12°13’04.6 “S 14°17’49.9 “E

Drilling date: 02.06.2020

Drilling depth: 55 meters

Water quality: Good

Delivery rate: 1.1 l/sec

Epomo has received a new well. The whole village is relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Epomo, Angola

Inhabitants: 650

GPS coordinates:
12°20’24.6 “S 14°05’36.8 “E

Drilling date: 19.03.2020

Drilling depth: 73 meters

Water quality: Very good

Delivery rate: 0.3 l/sec

The Cavimbi II elementary school has received a new well. The school is relieved and grateful – access to water is now assured.

Location: Cavimbi II, Angola

Population: 462 Schoolchildren

GPS coordinates:
12°12’05.4 “S 14°19’44.0 “E

Drilling date: 01.06.2020

Drilling depth: 55 meters

Water quality: Good

Delivery rate: 0.8 l/sec

Candão has received a new well. The whole village is relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Candão, Angola

Inhabitants: 405

GPS coordinates:
12°24’10.9 “S 14°02’42.6 “E

Drilling date: 30.05.2020

Drilling depth: 53 meters

Water quality: Very good

Delivery rate: 0.4 l/sec

Matsenhane has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Matsenhane, Vilankulo District, Inhambane Province, Mozambique

Population: 145 families, 144 schoolchildren, 8 teachers

GPS coordinates:
22°15’23.8 “S 35°11’35.0 “E

Drilling date: 30.08.2020

Drilling depth: 39 meters

Latrines: 6 (4x children, 2x adults)

Chibamo has received a new solar well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured. The well was sponsored by Markus Franke and the company Biral AG.

Location: Chibamo, Inhassoro District, Mozambique

Population: 366 families, 353 schoolchildren and 8 teachers

GPS coordinates:
21°33’19.8 “S 35°07’33.8 “E

Type of well: Solar well

  • Water tower with 10,000 liter tank erected
  • Solar panels, pump and control unit installed
  • 6 water stations built
  • 12 members of the water committee trained
  • At least. 1,000 people have access to clean water

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2019

We were able to drill 4 wells in Angola.

Malowa I has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Malowa I, Benguela Province, Angola

Population: approx. 1650 people (incl. 405 schoolchildren)

GPS coordinates:
13°04’15.0 “S 13°58’46.0 “E

Drilling date: 07.03.2019

Drilling depth: 49 meters

Delivery rate: 0.7 l/sec

Water quality: Very good

Luvundo has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Luvundo, Chongoroi Municipality, Angola

Inhabitants: 528

GPS coordinates:
13°27’53.0 “S 14°11’54.0 “E

Drilling date: 17.03.2019

Drilling depth: 73 meters

The story of Angelina.

Kamaya II has received a new well. The whole village is relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Kamaya II, Benguela Province, Angola

Inhabitants: 261

GPS coordinates:
13°32’54.0 “S 13°56’14.0 “E

Drilling date: 09.03.2019

Drilling depth: 73 meters

Delivery rate: 0.3 l/sec

Water quality: Very good

Ramieira has received a new well. The whole village and the school are relieved and grateful – access to water is now secured.

Location: Ramieira, Angola

Inhabitants: 354

GPS coordinates:
13°15’59.0 “S 14°43’53.0 “E

Drilling date: 18.02.2019

Drilling depth: 31 meters

Delivery rate: 0.3 l/sec

Water quality: Very good

Donate now

Supplying 500 to 600 people with clean water by building wells costs around CHF 17,000 (may vary depending on the country and the scope of the project). This amounts to 34 francs per person.

The well supplies people with water for years and helps to save water. According to studies by the World Health Organization (WHO), one franc invested in water and sanitation results in savings of around nine francs, for example in the treatment of diseases. Help us today with a donation.

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