Water Project Uganda (2021-2024)

Water Project Uganda (2021-2024)

Building on the successes of earlier Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Programmes, in August 2021 we were glad to launch another WASH Programme in Uganda which was larger in scope than previous programmes impacting over 57,000 individuals in 27 partner villages in the Buikwe District.

The programme’s goal is ‘To improve the quality of life of people in Buikwe District by supporting equitable access to sustainable water supply and sanitation for 8,018 households with 57,151 people in Najja Sub-County, Najjembe division and Kiyindi Town Council by the end of 2024‘. The programme will focus on increasing access to improved, adequate, and sustainable managed water sources and will support access to improved sanitation facilities and hygiene practices in 27 villages.

Clean water is not available to many vulnerable families in this district who live are far from the urban centres, so they rely on collecting water from unsafe water sources causing them untold health problems.

Many of the schools lack access to water and do not have adequate sanitation facilities for the hundreds of children who attend school daily meaning that children have to miss classes to fetch water and risk catching diseases due to poor sanitation facilities.

To achieve our goals in 2021 and beyond we carry out the following activities:

Access to water

  1. a) Draw water resource maps for 15 new villages
  2. b) Construct new water sources in 15 new villages (including rehabilitating springs and boreholes, installing water harvesting technologies)
  3. c) Install 17 water harvesting technologies in 17 schools
  4. d) Establish and strengthen 27 water user committees (162 members) In Improved community water management systems
  5. e) Train and equip pump technicians in repair of boreholes and springs

Access to improved sanitation

  1. a) Support schools to construct gender segregated ventilated pit latrines
  2. b) Support the construction of VIP latrines in market/urban areas
  3. c) Train WASH Committees in primary health care/Improved sanitation and hygiene in households and public places
  4. d) Conduct good hygiene campaigns in the 15 villages working with WASH committees, water user committees, local leadership and radio stations
  5. e) conduct community mobile health and treatment clinics (waterborne and poor sanitation related diseases)
  6. f) Provide pit latrine slabs and other materials to selected vulnerable households
  7. g) Provide schools with handwashing materials

Build the capacity of the community to report on outcomes

  1. a) Support the formation of 27 partner WASH Committees
  2. b) Train committee members to run WASH Campaigns
  3. c) Support the formation of WASH Clubs In 30 schools
  4. d) Train adolescent girls in good health and how to make reusable sanitary pads
  5. e) Support communities to set up water source fund through user fees to maintain water sources

The key outcome of the programme is to improve the health of the communities through access to clean water, access to sanitation facilities and to provide training on good hygiene.  In doing this children and families will be able to reduce the number of days they are sick and miss both school and work.  Reduce the time taken to collect water and reduce the number of diseases as open defecation Is reduced and families practice good hygiene made possible by access to clean water and sanitation facilities.

For this three-year programme we are needing to raise £375,000 in total to be used over the three years. Please can you partner with us on this life changing programme?