Wildlife are endangered caused by human and animal conflict
over water resources
Area: Hoima District, Uganda
Beneficiaries: 10 Rural Villages
People in the target areas experience significant water access problems and conflict with resident wild chimpanzees.
Solution: Hand-dug, drilled or refurbished wells and the installation of hand pumps. Wells will be accessible to community households & Schools and located away from areas that are populated with wild chimpanzee and will alleviate the burden of walking long distances through chimpanzee populated areas to collect water for household use.
Impact: 9,000 people including school children & 300 plus wild chimpanzee
Cost per Well: From US$2,000 - $7,000
Donations over $2 are tax deductible
BridgIT Water believes it is incumbant on humans to contribute to conserving our world's amazing wildlife. We have encountered an increasing need to work with communities to find ways to minimise dangerous conflict between human and wild animals that are competing for common water sources, specifically in terms of our African projects.
BridgIT partners with the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project (BCCP), a grassroots organisation in the Hoima District of western Uganda to address urgent threats to wild chimpanzees living in unprotected habitat alongside rural farmers.
There are two main objectives for this project - human and chimpanzee are both affected. The sharing of water sources by human populations and chimpanzee poses a threat to both chimpanzee, c.300 chimpanzees survive in small, unprotected forest fragments owned by village households and primarily children who have to encounter them to access the water source.
This project not only allows villagers access to a safe water supply without exposure to preventable water-borne diseases such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid and diarrhea while collecting unsafe, contaminated water from forest streams where they risk potentially dangerous encounters with the chimpanzees, but also helps to conserve the chimpanzee populations.
The goal of the project is to enable sustainable human-chimpanzee coexistence outside of protected areas for the villages of the region.
Conflict with wildlife over water resources