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Joining Forces for Clean Water Access in Uganda: The Ayin Project and Ndejje University Partnership

Welcome to the collaborative initiative between The Ayin Project (TAP) and Ndejje University's Water Research and Development Center (WRDC) aimed at transforming water accessibility issues in Uganda. Through a strategic alliance, both organizations are dedicated to addressing the critical issues concerning access to clean water in the country. Join us on this transformative journey as we work towards empowering communities and making clean water a reality for all.

Our Shared Vision: 

The Ayin Project envisions a world where every individual has the right to access clean water, achieved through sustainable and comprehensive approaches. Ndejje University's WRDC aspires to conduct engaging research responsive to community needs and elevate water research standards within Uganda and East Africa.

Understanding the Problem:  

Despite significant progress, millions in Uganda still lack access to safe drinking water. Shockingly, only 18.7% of the population enjoys safely managed water systems, highlighting the urgent need for action. The Ayin Project and Ndejje University's WRDC are united in their commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 6, striving to bring safe and accessible clean water to all Ugandans.

Our Goal: 

Through meticulous data-driven research, we aim to establish and implement sustainable action plans that increase clean water accessibility in Ugandan communities in dire need.

Current Projects

Project 1:

Enhancing Access and Collaboration: The Ndejje University Water Research Database Project

Ndejje University, the second oldest private university in Uganda (est. 1992), has a history of conducting research in various water-related fields. However, there is currently no centralized database or repository that houses the university's past water-related research. This lack of a comprehensive database poses challenges for students, researchers, and policymakers who require access to relevant information and knowledge in the field of water resources. The goal of the Water Research Database Project is to create a comprehensive database of past water-related research conducted at Ndejje University. This database aims to enhance accessibility, promote interdisciplinary collaboration, and facilitate evidence-based decision-making in the field of water resources.

Project 2:

Sustainable Water Solutions for Singiro: Addressing Acidity and Scaling Impact in the Region

Singiro village in Uganda's Lwengo District faces water accessibility challenges, relying on various sources including a solar pumped system, hand-dug well, pond, and stream. However, the solar-pumped water's high acidity leads to negative effects like skin irritation, crop damage, and stained clothing. This research project aims to investigate the causes of acidity, propose solutions, and identify alternative safe water sources nearby. Successfully addressing the acidic water issue in Singiro could pave the way for scalable solutions benefiting the entire region comprising three districts with similar challenges. We aim to ensure this solution is duplicable for surrounding villages.


Project 3:

​Advancing Water Quality and Accessibility: A Comprehensive Assessment for Community Well-being 

The issue at hand is that the water accessible to the populations of Bwondah and Bwembe carries a significant bacterial load, rendering it unsafe for household usage and consumption. Furthermore, the existing water sources are insufficient to safely meet the community's needs. The goal of the assessment is to enhance the water quality in these communities and increase the quantity of safe water available for both drinking and hygiene purposes. 

Project 4:

Enhancing Water Access and Sustainability in Ndejje Town Council: A WASH Assessment and Strategy Development

Access to safe and reliable water sources is a critical issue in Ndejje Town Council, Uganda. The Ndejje University Water Research and Development Centre (NU-WRDC) aims to understand the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) challenges specific to the town council. Through this project, NU-WRDC will assess the quality, quantity, and functionality of water sources within the council to identify existing challenges and develop strategies to improve access to safe and sustainable water sources in the local area. The goal is to conduct a comprehensive survey that informs the development of strategies to enhance water access within Ndejje Town Council.

Project 5:

Empowering Women in WASH: Gender Dynamics and Equitable Access in Rural Uganda 

In rural communities, women and girls disproportionately shoulder the responsibility of water collection, sanitation, and hygiene, resulting in adverse effects on their education, health, and economic empowerment. Studies indicate that in 8 out of 10 households without in-home water access, women and girls are tasked with water collection. This research project seeks to examine the gender dynamics of WaSH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) access in Singiro, Bwondah, and Bwembe, with the goal of identifying obstacles and proposing interventions to promote equitable access for all community members.

Project 6

Promoting Water Accessibility in Uganda: An Undergraduate Research Fellowship Initiative  (Ndejje University Student Research Initiative)

Access to safe and reliable water sources poses a significant challenge in Uganda, impacting public health and economic development, especially in rural areas. Women and girls are disproportionately affected, as they spend considerable time collecting water, hindering their education and income opportunities. To address this, a proposal suggests establishing an undergraduate thesis research fellowship program focused on improving water accessibility in Uganda. The program aims to support senior undergraduate students in conducting research and developing innovative solutions for sustainable water accessibility, with up to five students working with the WRDC during each school year.


As the African proverb wisely states, "If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together." Together, The Ayin Project and Ndejje University are determined to forge a lasting impact, bringing clean water accessibility to the people of Uganda, and paving the way for a healthier, more sustainable future for all. Join us on this empowering journey and be part of the change!

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