UGANDAN WATER PROJECT INC

Give Water. Give Life.

Lima, NY   |  www.ugandanwaterproject.com

Mission

The Ugandan Water Project implements and advocates for safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation, and hygiene resources across Uganda, deploying the best available version of each resource and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to ensure they last.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director / Founder

Mr. James Harrington

Main address

PO Box 262

Lima, NY 14485 USA

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EIN

27-1481728

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Ugandan Water Project works to end the water crisis affecting millions of people in Uganda by alleviating suffering in communities that demonstrate acute water-related needs. Many of the people we serve have no access to a safely managed water source and must collect drinking water from highly contaminated lakes, rivers, or ditches. Others must walk extremely long distances to find water. We work in rural and peri-urban areas where the average income is $2.75 per person per day. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by this problem as they often bear the burden of walking miles each day carrying heavy jerry cans to gather water for their families. The time and effort it takes to collect this essential resource, combined with the high risk of contracting water-related illnesses that results from drinking contaminated water, drastically reduces the economic opportunities, educational outcomes, and health of women, men, and children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rainwater Collection Systems

A UWP rainwater collection system consists of a 10,000-liter polyethylene tank that’s placed on a cement base and connected to a building’s metal roof through a gutter system. As rainwater is harvested, people can collect it from the nearby tap stand we install, then purify it using the four hollow fiber membrane water filters we include with each of our rainwater collection systems.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

A borehole well is a simple hand pump well that typically ranges from 100 ft. to 250 ft. deep. Even though this pumping system is the most common method of water delivery across Africa, the wells include so many moving parts and endure so much wear and tear that many fall into disrepair after only a few years of regular use. By bringing in our crew to disassemble the well, upgrade its hardware, repair what’s broken, and train community members to maintain it, we’re able to bring these wells back to life and prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Made using the same hollow fiber membrane technology found in dialysis machines, the water filters we distribute to schools, communities, and clinics can purify water from any source. These small and portable filters are powerful tools for making water safe to drink, with a lifespan of up to 10 years and a capacity to filter as many as 1,000,000 gallons of water in that time.

Population(s) Served

In communities where dependable water sources are scarce, drilling a new borehole well is often the best way to provide safe and reliable drinking water. By tapping into groundwater that is trapped in aquifers often hundreds of feet below the earth’s surface, drilling a new borehole well is a higher risk, high-reward project that can provide years of abundant water to entire communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers indicate the number of new people receiving clean drinking water at the time of installation of each of our products. They do not indicate the aggregate of the total of our work.

Number of water projects built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric represents the total number of water projects funded in a fiscal year.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Rainwater Collection Systems

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Metric represents the total number of rainwater collection systems funded in a fiscal year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Ugandan Water Project exists to see Uganda as a nation liberated from the bondage of water-borne disease and poverty as communities leverage the transformative power of clean water to empower all people to live the lives they were created for. We work toward this vision by implementing and advocating for safe and sustainably managed water, sanitation, and hygiene resources across Uganda, deploying the best available version of each resource and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to ensure they last.

The Ugandan Water Project addresses the water crisis by funding and implementing innovative water solutions that provide clean, safe drinking water to women, men, and children in communities across Uganda. Currently, we focus our efforts on four key water solutions: (1.) advanced water filtration systems, (2.) rainwater collection systems, (3.) borehole well rehabilitations, and (4.) borehole well installations.

To accomplish this work, we partner with schools, businesses, families, organizations, churches, and individuals of all ages who share our passion for seeing the end of the water crisis in Uganda. Whether it's through a one-time gift, monthly support, fundraising campaign, or project sponsorship, we leverage our supporters' resources to create maximum impact in Ugandan communities.

Excellence is one of the Ugandan Water Project's core values, so we strive to lead the way among water organizations when it comes to the quality of our work. The four water solutions we currently provide are executed by our local team of Ugandan experts, who are highly trained in industry-leading standards for community needs assessment, project implementation, and long-term monitoring and evaluation. Combined with the high priority we place on empowering communities to be knowledgeable of and trained in maintaining their specific water solutions, and our commitment to using only the highest quality materials and installation techniques, each project we complete is able to provide reliable and low-cost access to safe drinking water for decades.

As of January 2021, UWP has successfully funded 816 major water projects, including 528 rainwater collection systems, 273 borehole well rehabilitations, 7 new borehole well installations, 7 handwashing stations, and 1 gravity-fed system. We've also distributed hundreds of filtration systems in 2020 alone. Together, these projects have benefited more than 260,000 children, women, and men across Uganda since 2008.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In designing our new borehole well maintenance service, UWP solicited the input of individual members of interested communities and government officials of the local Ugandan District. This feedback revealed that a pay-per-volume service, rather than the planned fixed rate payment method, would better meet the needs of communities and UWP adjusted the program plan accordingly.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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UGANDAN WATER PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Colgan

Cherith Reynolds-Clark

Dave Christoforo

Doug Coburn

James Harrington

John Conrad

Mark Colgan

Mark Jenkins

Trish Christoforo

Jessica Nava

Jessica Nava

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/21/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.