Ndese 5, Mpigi District, Uganda

“Water was only fetched in our community at specific times and that means there prohibited times to go to the well.
There is a belief that the goddess is the owner of the well and allows us humans to fetch water in the morning hours, at around 1pm and after the sun sets no one can go to the well when its the time of the goddess’ time to use the well. It’s believed there is always a big snake in those no-go hours that devours people that go there. We are all afraid at times when we go to fetch water. Personally, when I am sent for water by parents I deceive and manipulate young kids who do not know about the story into accompanying me to the well. Even with their company I am always still afraid and, in a rush, to get away from that well. I am glad and happy for the new water source that belongs to the community and not to a goddess. We can now go to the well at any time and without being afraid.”

Nanyombi Amina
Community Member