In the Mityana district of Uganda, people are largely dependant on subsistence farming. They grow sweet potatoes, beans, cassava, maize, bananas, ground nuts, cabbages, tomatoes and onions, as well as coffee as a cash generating crop. Most of the adults in the area are semi-illiterate and the children who are going to school have to walk between 2-5 miles to get there. When they are there, there is little in the way of clean drinking water or sanitation to provide for their needs, and so they often spend hours that should be spent in the classroom learning, walking to distant and polluted wells to fetch the water needed for the day.
Our project delivered improved water and sanitation facilities in three schools.
Tanda Primary School had lost one of its latrines due to the heavy rains in the area. Only one remained and this was being used by over 500 pupils and teachers! At Grace Christian School, we discovered that the toilet facility was full and overflowing and as a result, the pupils had no facility to use. Safe drinking water in all three schools was completely lacking and the pupils were drinking unclean water from contaminated local water wells and watering holes, leaving them vulnerable to water related diseases including diarrhoea, typhoid, cholera, Guinea-Worm, trachoma and schistosomiasis.
We were able to provide this community of three schools with new pit latrines to promote hygiene and sanitation, large water storage jars and tanks for the safe storage of collected water and new wells to provide a source of clean water. In addition to this we set up WATSAN (water and sanitation) committees to oversee the proper use and maintenance of the facilities as well as ongoing training in hygiene and sanitation for the local communities using these new facilities.
Thanks to Getabed’s generous sponsorship, 2,630 people in the community benefited from this work – not a bad effort for our 100th project!
Date: June 2012