plan 182UCOBAC SECOND RAIN WATER HARVESTING PROJECT IN MITYANA DISTRICT, UGANDA

Summary

In 2005, UCOBAC carried out a Baseline Survey for Strengthening Community Based Resource Mobilisation To Empower Vulnerable Rural Women and their Children in Mityana district and information obtained about the water situation in the rural parts of the d

Background

In 2005, UCOBAC carried out a Baseline Survey for Strengthening Community Based Resource Mobilisation To Empower Vulnerable Rural Women and their Children in Mityana district and information obtained about the water situation in the rural parts of the district gave very poor indicators. The report indicated that the principal source of water was unprotected springs and wells (23%), rainy water (23%). The study further indicated that for most part of the year most households rely on ponds and few rivers whose water was described as “very dirty.” The problem of accessing safe clean water is compounded by long distances which women and children walk to collect water (over 1 kilometer away). The study also indicated that most parts of the district have very low water tables leading to severe water shortages. Aware that water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right, UCOBAC has embarked on working with communities in the project area to create awareness on rainy water harvesting and storage. UCOBAC has had experience in implementing a water project in the districts of Kumi where fourteen (14) wells were protected and is now delighted to extend the service to the people of Mityana district.

Location

Mbuya, Kampala, Kampala, Central, Uganda

Focus

Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Households
Secondary Focus: Drinking Water - Community

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 90

Ten families, each comprising of seven children, one old man and one grandmother. Total number of people is 90.

School Children Getting Water: 70

The seventy children living in the ten selected families are in school but they benefit from the safe water provided at home.

People Getting Sanitation: 200

We shall train the ten target families and the communities around without discrimination on sanitation etc Total number of people may be 200

People Getting Other Benefits: 10

Ten older youth will be employed in the installation of the technologies and also in maintenance of the systems.

Application Type: Project Funding

Start Date: 2009-05-15

Completion Date: 2009-08-15

Technology Used:

UCOBAC will still implement the rain water harvesting and storage technologies below:

- One with an iron sheet raised on four poles with a water tank at the end

- One with a polythene sheet spread on part of a grass-thatched roof and a ridge.

Storage:

- Buy medium size plastic tanks

Phases:

The project will be divided into three phases:

- Training
- Installation of the technologies
- Monitoring and Evaluation

Community Organization:

The strategy of enhancing participation by key partners, beneficiaries and the community in project implementation is key to ensuring project sustainability and local commitment to the set project objectives. The project approach is integrated, focusing to build capacity and to improve the participation of benefiting households with greater focus on women and children who bear the burden of walking long distances in search for water sources. In addition, the Government water department officials, UCOBAC staff and volunteers will pass on the rain water harvesting technologies learnt to other communities.

The problem of scarcity of water and inaccessibility to safe clean water in the rural areas cannot be solved without increased participation of the local communities themselves with support from civil society organizations and government water departments. It is therefore essential that focus is put on cheap, affordable and manageable technologies like the ones mentioned above which were taught at the African Women And Water Conference and which UCOBAC believes can be used in a sustainable way by the rural poor communities of Mityana district.

Government Interaction:

Mityana is a rural district located seventy-five (75) kilometers from Kampala city centre. Like many rural districts of Uganda, it is characterized by extreme poverty, lack of basic social services like water, medical care, etc. It is part of the Luweero Triangle that was badly affected by the 1980 Civil War whose effect is still evident among the population to-day. Development programs including provision of clean safe water by Government and civil society to the population have tended to concentrate only in a few core urban locations leaving the rural population extremely vulnerable. Above all, the district is very, very rural!

Ancillary activities:

We always ask people in the communities where we work to plant as many trees as possible.

Other Issues:

NA

Maintenance Revenue:

NA

Maintenance Cost:

Metrics:

Prior art before metrics

Cost: $1,000

9. BUDGET. For the Dollars 1000


ITEM NO. COST TOTAL AMOUNT

Labour 10 homes 7000 70,000
Nails 6 Kgs 10000 60000
Poles 40 7500 300000
Ridges 10 12000 120000
Plastic Containers 10 85000 850000
Iron sheets 10 20000 200000
Administrative costs 100000
Personnel 100000
TOTAL 1800000

Co Funding Amount:

NA

Community Contribution Amount:

NA

Fund Requested: $1,000

Implementing Organization:

NA

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    Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

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    Community mobilization

    Melinda Kramer of Women's Earth Alliance

    Please describe your community mobilization and marketing strategy. thanks! Melinda

    Please describe your community mobilization and marketing strategy.

    thanks!
    Melinda

    • Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

      By Matilda of UCOBAC Communities have already undergone sensitisation on the need for rain water harvesting, sanitation and hygiene. During sensitisation meetings, members of the community e.g. local leaders, church leaders, opinion leaders, eldlers are invited to participate. They are then informed about the goal, objectives and acti...

      By Matilda of UCOBAC

      Communities have already undergone sensitisation on the need for rain water harvesting, sanitation and hygiene. During sensitisation meetings, members of the community e.g. local leaders, church leaders, opinion leaders, eldlers are invited to participate. They are then informed about the goal, objectives and activities of the project. After serious scrutiny of identified beneficiaries, a few who are selected form solidarity groups through which they implement their activities. Each solidarity group comprises of four households and is headed by a community's own resource person who is chosen amongst the four households to supervise and assist the rest.

      During the launch of the project, local leaders are invited and play a big role in mobilisation, identification and selection of beneficiaries to the project. During monitoring, local leaders made up the team who go round accessing whether the project is on track or not since they are involved right from the start.

      When we solicit and obtain funding for bigger water projects like installation of water tanks in schools, trading centres and towns, we shall use the local leaders to support the beneficias in marketing of their water.

      We shall encourage beneficiaries to sell one jerican of water at Uganda shillings fifty only unlike the normal one hundred.

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    Income generating?

    Melinda Kramer of Women's Earth Alliance

    You mentioned 10 people that might be paid to maintain the technology at the beginning-- could you expand on this in your follow up component? Thanks! Melinda

    You mentioned 10 people that might be paid to maintain the technology at the beginning-- could you expand on this in your follow up component?

    Thanks!
    Melinda

    • Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

      By Matilda of UCOBAC Sorry, I did not say we shall pay ten people to maintain the t echnology. I said we shall select ten households to benefit from the project. Since we chose the simpler technologies, we have taught the household members how to clean their gutters and plastic containers themselves since this project is just for t...

      By Matilda of UCOBAC

      Sorry, I did not say we shall pay ten people to maintain the t echnology. I said we shall select ten households to benefit from the project. Since we chose the simpler technologies, we have taught the household members how to clean their gutters and plastic containers themselves since this project is just for the familes. When we grow into bigger project, is when we shall have to pay people to maintain the technology.

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    Monitoring and Evaluation

    Melinda Kramer of Women's Earth Alliance

    What is your monitoring and evaluation strategy?( How will you evaluate success? How will your community evaluate success?) Thank you! Melinda

    What is your monitoring and evaluation strategy?( How will you evaluate success? How will your community evaluate success?)

    Thank you!
    Melinda

    • Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

      By Matilda of UCOBAC UCOBAC has a District Affiliate Committee at the district (Mityana) comprising of seven community volunteers. These do day to day monitoring of UCOBAC projects in thier communities. The Focal Point person/ UCOBAC Field staff stationed in Mityana district also do day to day monitoring of UCOBAC projects implemen...

      By Matilda of UCOBAC

      UCOBAC has a District Affiliate Committee at the district (Mityana) comprising of seven community volunteers. These do day to day monitoring of UCOBAC projects in thier communities. The Focal Point person/ UCOBAC Field staff stationed in Mityana district also do day to day monitoring of UCOBAC projects implemented there. The Affiliate members send reports to the field officer who in turn writes and sends reports about the progress of the project to UCOBAC Programme Officer in charge of the Water Project.

      The Program Officer in charge the water project monitors the project bi-monthly or monthly according to availability of monitoring funds. If funds are not enough, UCOBAC has derived a system whereby the Programme officer can joing another officer who is also implementing another project in the same area so that she can can monitor water projects. Half way the project implementation, a mid-term review of the activities is carried to access the impact of the project to the communities it is intended for. A report is made and sent to the donor.

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    Tree planting

    Lucy Mulenkei of African Indigenous Women's Organization

    Hi, You have said that you normally encourage the community in the areas where you work to plant as many trees as possible, do they just plant any trees even those that degrade the environment or do you train them on planting trees that are friendly to the environment?

    Hi,

    You have said that you normally encourage the community in the areas where you work to plant as many trees as possible, do they just plant any trees even those that degrade the environment or do you train them on planting trees that are friendly to the environment?

    • Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

      By Matilda of UCOBAC As UCOBAC, during trainings, we contract technical people to teach on such topics like tree planting. This enables us train our beneficiaries on planting trees that are friendly to the environment.

      By Matilda of UCOBAC

      As UCOBAC, during trainings, we contract technical people to teach on such topics like tree planting. This enables us train our beneficiaries on planting trees that are friendly to the environment.

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    Sustainability and other contributions

    Dinah Chienjo of Oywa 'A' Solar Support Group

    1. A good proposal with integrated approach, but lacking strategies for eventual sustainability. Could you please explain some of your strategies for long term sustainability? 2.The proposal indicates collaboration with the other stakeholders in the implementation process but this is not reflected in the budget. Could you please highlight ...

    1. A good proposal with integrated approach, but lacking strategies for eventual sustainability. Could you please explain some of your strategies for long term sustainability?
    2.The proposal indicates collaboration with the other stakeholders in the implementation process but this is not reflected in the budget. Could you please highlight other co funding from the community and others in kind or in cash?

    • Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

      1. UCOBAC opted for the simple rain water harvesting technologies that can only serve the families concerned. But during this second project and with increased funding, UCOBAC will now instal big water tanks in the homes of the community volunteers whereby they can sell some of the water at one hundred shillings (100/=) per jerrican. ...

      1. UCOBAC opted for the simple rain water harvesting technologies that can only serve the families concerned. But during this second project and with increased funding, UCOBAC will now instal big water tanks in the homes of the community volunteers whereby they can sell some of the water at one hundred shillings (100/=) per jerrican. This money will be used to the maintenance of the tanks and any other purpose on acquiring rain water harvesting materials for the other elderly-headed households. This will increase on the number of the beneficiaries for the water project.

      2. Community members will contribute labour and land on which the tanks are to be erected/installed. Since UCOBAC intends to work among the poor elderly grandmothers, they will not contribute any money but provide labour using their grandchildren.

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    more details

    Dinah Chienjo of Oywa 'A' Solar Support Group

    1.What are your plans for sustaining the project? 2.How will the beneficiaries participate in the implementation? 3.How will the group be involved in the management of the project?

    1.What are your plans for sustaining the project?
    2.How will the beneficiaries participate in the implementation?
    3.How will the group be involved in the management of the project?

    • Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

      By Matilda of UCOBAC 1. UCOBAC has sensitised beneficiaries to use any simpliest method of rain water harvesting with or without donor funding. Local leaders have been also sensitised about the need to have members of their communities harvest rain water as one of the ways in reducing on cases of water-related diseases. So since lo...

      By Matilda of UCOBAC

      1. UCOBAC has sensitised beneficiaries to use any simpliest method of rain water harvesting with or without donor funding. Local leaders have been also sensitised about the need to have members of their communities harvest rain water as one of the ways in reducing on cases of water-related diseases. So since local leades were involved right from the start, they now own and support the project fully.

      2. When we take building materials, we allow the beneficiaries to participate in the construction of the technologies. This has already been tested with the first water project that was implemented in Mityana district.

      3. The group come together once every week to discuss how their project is going on. Here is when they may identify challenges and also as a group, be able to find solutions to the problems encountered. This makes the management of the project participatory.

    • Mukisa Solome of UCOBAC

      By Matilda of UCOBAC 1. UCOBAC has sensitised beneficiaries to use any simpliest method of rain water harvesting with or without donor funding. Local leaders have been also sensitised about the need to have members of their communities harvest rain water as one of the ways in reducing on cases of water-related diseases. So since lo...

      By Matilda of UCOBAC

      1. UCOBAC has sensitised beneficiaries to use any simpliest method of rain water harvesting with or without donor funding. Local leaders have been also sensitised about the need to have members of their communities harvest rain water as one of the ways in reducing on cases of water-related diseases. So since local leades were involved right from the start, they now own and support the project fully.

      2. When we take building materials, we allow the beneficiaries to participate in the construction of the technologies. This has already been tested with the first water project that was implemented in Mityana district.

      3. The group come together once every week to discuss how their project is going on. Here is when they may identify challenges and also as a group, be able to find solutions to the problems encountered. This makes the management of the project participatory.

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Name Status Completion Date Amount Assigned
UCOBAC SECOND RAIN WATER HARVESTING PROJECT IN MITYANA DISTRICT, UGANDA Complete - Successful Dec 2009 $1,000