This two-year project is with an existing partner with demonstrated results and impact. This project will construct a deep bore well and provide filters, WASH education (water, sanitation and hygiene), storage facilities and tapware to the impoverished community of 2,600 in Bulamagi, 125 kms east of the capital Kampala. The nearest water source is 1km away which is time-consuming and inefficient for a community who want to break the poverty cycle. Often children bear the brunt of many hours of carrying water. The one local water source is a shallow well which dries up over the dry season and results in the community having to buy water from elsewhere or use unsafe and unreliable water sources in the district.
What we like about it:
We appreciate that our partners conduct sound baseline surveys to accurately gauge the water needs of the community. They were established in 2012 and have a sound track record of delivering effective outcomes for communities. We like that they engage well with the local authorities, community leaders and local organisations to help communities take control of their own future and then help others.
Budget: $61,750. Year Two (final): $29,625.
Once completed, the community committee will raise a small amount of funds from each household for upkeep and maintenance. All building activities will be carried out by local people who will then have good working knowledge for any maintenance issues. The community has provided the land.
Since the brutal leadership of Idi Amin in the 1970s, Uganda has suffered the devastating effects of civil war, HIV/AIDS and rebel conflict, claiming the lives of the parents of more than two million children. There are many disadvantaged families and young people as a result. Uganda has the youngest population in the world, with 75% under the age of 30. Finding ways to economically empower communities will not only help the locals but will help to develop the whole nation.