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Provide clean drinking water for schoolchildren in Uganda

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Mmanze Centre for Rural Development and Training (MACERUDET)

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

We are trying to help poor people living in the Wakiso District, Masulita sub county, a typical rural area of Uganda. Our main targets are the school children in ten schools who do not have access to safe clean nearby water and proper sanitation. Provision of water and sanitation will help to decrease the incidence of waterborne disease in the community in general and among schoolchildren in particular. In addition, less time from school activities will be lost if children no longer need time to look for water.

Our project is a continuation and extension of our water and sanitation programme which we have implemented for the last ten years. We have constructed rain water harvesting tanks at five schools and two health centres. We have also constructed improved ventilated pit latrines at two health centres and five schools. The project has also included a schools’ sanitation campaign through which the children, teachers and others have been sensitized about the proper methods of improved sanitation at school and at home. Parents have built more sanitation facilities at home, including improved latrines, bathrooms, drying racks for utensils and the construction of improved cooking stoves, etc.

What is your project and how will it help?

Our project is called the “AMAZZI NOBUYONJO BWEBULAMU PROJECT”. AMAZZI means water, BUYONJO means sanitation and BULAMU means life in the local language,

We want to extend the project to 10 more schools, carrying out the relevant activities described above and also establishing school sanitation committees comprised of students, teachers and parents. The programme means that the students are mobilized to observe proper sanitation practices while at school and at home, and posters are posted around the school compounds and at all village centres in addition to provision of sanitation brochures and calendars.

Generally the standard of living of the communities and the entire community will improve and waterborne diseases will decrease. In addition, soil erosion within the school grounds will decrease because the flow of water will be controlled. School gardens will also be established.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Other people can partner with us by identifying potential private donors. Secondly, we need volunteers who can write funding proposals which will be submitted to the identified donors.

Please detail the resources that you need.

The entire project needs about U$ 173,395(one hundred seventy three thousand dollars). The programme is composed of three major components namely:
1-Construction of ten rainwater harvesting tanks at ten schools
2-Construction of ten improved ventilated pit latrines at ten schools
3-Conducting a school sanitation campaign within the beneficiary schools,.

Full details are attached in the budget.

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Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Uganda

Global issues

Water and related ecosystems


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