File- Egyptian Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Mohamed Abdel Atti during the 1st round of Baghdad International Water Conference- press photo
CAIRO - 11 December 2021: Egypt has dug 75 underground water wells and established 7 dams in Uganda, said the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in a statement on Friday.
Egypt’s support for Ugandans in the field of water was not limited to the Egyptian government’s support, but expanded through individual initiatives to dig wells in disadvantaged areas in Uganda, said Egyptian Water minister and irrigation Mohamed Abdel-Atti in a statement during his visit to Uganda. The projects were established in Kiboga, Wakiso, Sironko, and Adjumani.
He added that such an individual initiative was launched under the supervision of the Egyptian irrigation mission in Uganda, noting that 20 groundwater wells were drilled by self-effort in different Ugandan provinces.
The Minister said that the depth of a well ranges between 20 and 30 meters and it serves about 100 families comprising about 800 individuals in one area.
“This initiative began when engineers of the Egyptian irrigation mission in Uganda donated part of their salary to dig a clean water well with a depth of about 30 meters to help about 150 local families, with more than 1,000 individuals,” he added, noting that the initiative encouraged many Egyptian citizens and civil society organizations in Egypt to participate in digging additional wells in many Ugandan provinces.
“This matter has greatly contributed to alleviating the suffering of citizens who are facing trouble and hardship to water access,” the Minister said.
On December 6, 2021, Abdel-Atti started an official visit to Kampala، Uganda.