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Support Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Environmental Protection (WSHEP) in Primary Schools of Kampala, Uganda

Requested by

Pearl of Africa Environment (PAE)

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

We are enthusiastic to help the vulnerable school going children, especially primary schools in Uganda, that have no reliable access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services. This has left untold sufferings to the young school going children of age between 6 – 12 years and more especially the girls. Water related illness such as diarrhea, cholera and Typhoid has been common in these schools because of the fore mentioned problems.

Approximately a thousand schools in Uganda lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Initial survey conducted in Kampala city primary schools shows an estimation of 60% schools lack access to clean water and only 40% have adequate sanitation facilities.

This project will address the issues of water related diseases through:

• Provision of clean and adequate water in the affected schools through piloting of rainwater harvesting system.
• Provision of sanitary facilities such as hand wash facilities, toilets, wash room, garbage pits, good drainage.
• Creation of public awareness through; training, dialogue, putting posters and flyers and talking compounds.

We should put in mind that children have a right to basic facilities such as safe school toilets, safe drinking water, clean environment and basic information on hygiene. If these conditions are created, children will learn better and can bring concepts and practices on sanitation and hygiene back to their families hence, health enhancement.

What is your project and how will it help?

In all stages of the implementation of the programme, parents and teachers associations will be involved. To strengthen the activities in the schools, simultaneously a public awareness campaign on sanitation and hygiene will be implemented at the community level. All these activities if planned and put into consideration will promote sanitation and hygiene hence address the problem of the water related diseases that are very common in these schools.

This will cover 5 divisions in Kampala city namely:

• Makindye Division,
• Rubaga Division,
• Nakawa Division,
• Central division and
• Kawempe Division

Monitoring and Evaluation
For the day-to-day implementation of the programme at school level, ‘implementation and monitoring committees’ will be established. These committees consist of the following members:

• School director
• Teachers
• Community Representatives
• Parents
• Primary Health Care Staff

In addition to giving follow-up to the education and construction activities, the committee will keep a record on the health statistics/absentees in the school. This will allow them to monitor the health impact of the programme, as well as, will quickly show the need for corrective measures, if considered necessary. Frequency of meetings: every two months.

Management, implementation and sustainability

The project will be directly implemented by Pearl Africa Environment (PEA). The design and construction of facilities in each school will take a month. The educational activities are an ongoing process simultaneously to the construction phase. The programme will support the educational part after which it should be self-sustained. Once the programme has been implemented, the “implementation and monitoring committees” in each school will be transformed into “monitoring committees”. With technical support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health the programme will become self-sustainable after implementation.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

We will go under a memorandum of understanding agreement with partners and our partners will be involved in the contribution and implementation of the project.

Please detail the resources that you need.

Rehabilitation and construction of facilities ($1,000/school) $370,200
Production of educational materials $7,500
Workshops and preparatory meetings for 50 schools $3,500
Programme support $5,000
Virtual Foundation administrative fee $3,000
Total Requested for Project $389,200

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Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Children, youth and family welfare; Community development; Education and training; all (6)


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