Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Nawantaale Well Commissioning Ceremony!

Our in-country Program Manager, Kristen, has just sent us the above pictures of the well commissioning ceremony that was held for the opening of the well at Nawantaale.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Incredible Photo Essay on Well Construction

We at UVP would like to share with you this wonderful collection of photos, taken by executive board member Ben Krause.

Please click here to view the photo slideshow: "Digging Deep: Community Driven Development and the Uganda Village Project"

These are some of the best illustrations of how our community partnership works to create new water sources for rural villages.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UVP Video/Photo Contest!!!

Attention UVP alums!

In an attempt to gather helpful promotional and orientation material, the UVP board is holding a video and photo contest.
If you have amazing footage of a project or a great picture that depicts our work in the field, PLEASE email it to me at with the subject of "Video Contest" or "Photo Contest" depending on your attachment. You must include a short description with project date and your address in the body of the email. All contestants will be sent a free UVP button featuring our new logo!

The top three video and the top three photography winners will receive the following prizes:
1st - Batik plus $25 at the UVP store
2nd - $25 at the UVP store
3rd - $10 at the UVP store

You can browse for UVP merchandise at:

The deadline for both contests is Sunday March 15 and there is a limitation of 3 entrees per category per contestant (maximum of 6 submissions).

We look forward to viewing your submissions!
Kate Cerwensky
UVP Publicity Chair

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kabira Village Well Meeting

This past Friday, Kristen - our in-country Program Manager - met with the community in Kabira Village to present the well program. There were over 50 people there representing a community of over 140 households. This community is in Nabitende Sub County, and their closest Health Center is Bugono Health Center 3, which is over a 30minute walk. Kristen was amazed to see how many women came to the presentation, as there were over thirty. It is always a good sign when many women participate, because it is usually a good indicator that the entire community will be very involved in the project. After speaking to the women, it was estimated that on average they walk about 1.5 kilometers to reach the nearest safe water source. Additionally, Kabira Village had already chosen a Water User Committee (WUC) to oversee and participate with well construction and maintenance, and were excited to get started. Kristen is visiting the community again today - Monday February 16 - to choose the best site for the well construction!

The above pictures are of Kabira's current water source, and following pictures are of the well meeting that was held on Friday February 13.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Well digging begun at Nawantaale

The community at Nawantaale (not to be confused with Nawankwale) just started digging their well site! 
Like many of the villages that UVP partners with, the only regular source of drinking water is a nearby pond, below: