Lifewater International works with Divine Waters Uganda, a registered Ugandan NGO, in northern Uganda to build hope through commmunity empowerment. Water, sanitation and hygiene education coupled with safe drinking water builds a soild foundation.
Lifewater has partnered with Divine Waters Uganda for 10 years and has trained the staff of the organization in Sanitation, Hygiene, Biosand Filtration, Hand Pump Repair, and Well Drilling. Divine Waters Uganda is the implementing partner based in Lira and has served rural communities in northern Ugandan since 2001; they started work in Abako Sub-county in 2009. Divine Waters Uganda is currently working with LIfewater in Ogur and Abako Sub-Counties on a three year program, which started in 2009. The program goal is to reach over 70,000 beneficiaries with safe water and over 65,000 beneficiaries with hygiene and sanitation education in 271 villages. Amononeno school is located in Abako Subcounty which is divided into 7 parishes consiting of 135 communities with an estimated population of 47,046 (UNOCHA). Since the end of the LRA war, very few if any NGO's have worked in Abako Sub-county. Water coverage exists at 56% with 19% of the water sources not functioning.
LocationAmononeno , Abako Sub-county , Uganda
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools
Secondary Focus: Hygiene Education
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 1,692
Community members from the surrounding villages will have limited access to water from the school borehole. Approximately 400 people in addition to the school children could benefit from this borehole.
School Children Getting Water: 1,292
A borehole with a hand pump will be drilled at Amononeno School providing safe water for 646 boys, 621 girls and 25 teachers and staff. Demographioc information was obtained by Divine Waters Uganda from the school administration.
People Getting Sanitation: 0
WASH in Schools training incorporates sanitation promotion. Topics covered include latrine use, latrine construction, why it is important to use latrines, and latrine maintenance.
People Getting Other Benefits: 1,292
Hygiene education designed especially for primary school children focusing on hand washing, latrine use and maintenance, safe water transportation and storage.
Application Type: Project Funding
Start Date: 2010-10-01
Completion Date: 2011-06-30
Based on the local climate and geologic conditions, borehole drilling is the best option for providing water to the school. A geologic survey will be completed to determine the location for drilling and the equipment required. At this time, it's believed a deep well drilling machine is needed. Once the well is drilled, Divine Waters Uganda will install an India Mark II hand pump. Water quality is sampled and tested following drilling and the installation of the hand pump and its disinfection. A well log is filed with the Divine Waters office in Lira.
Lifewater hosted a 5-day WASH in Schools training workshop for Abako school teachers in May 2010. The teachers will implement the curriculum and receive refresher training.
Divine Waters Uganda will train a Water Source Committee made up of men and women from the community and the school faculty in wellhead protection, hand pump maintenance and administration. Divine Waters helps the community form this committee, encouraging gender equality and advocating for diversity in membership among various age, trade, and ethnic groupings. The committee oversees the borehole, ensuring its proper use, preventing quarrels, and setting up a fund for future repair needs.
Divine Waters Uganda works closely with the government at the local, Sub-County and regional levels. This work plan has been submitted to and approved by the Lira District office and Sub-county offices. The District and Regional offices have resettlemnt plans for northern Uganda, which include repare of infrastructure, such as water systems, rebuidling schools, and construction of latrines. This work plan fits within the goals and directives of the local government and a signed MOU is in place, being monitored by the local government.
Capacity building of Divine Waters staff by Lifewater is ongoing. For example, teacher training focusing on water, saniation and hygiene was given in May 2010. Plans for kitchen gardens are in place as well as the formation of school health clubs. The school is also involved in environmental activities such as tree planting, which the school health clubs will join.
On this three year prgram, Divine Waters employs 15 people from project adminsitrators, to hygiene trainers, community mobilizers, field officers, and water development technicians. Many other donors have already contributed to this program's success; to date, 20 hand pumps have been rehabilitated and 21 boreholes drilled with more than 20,000 receiving safe water.
The water source committe will be responsible for collecting a small sum of money affordable at the local household level, which will be placed in a maintenance fund. Additionally, the committee will be trained in basic maintenance of the pump and will be able to call on Divine Waters if major repairs are needed.
Maintenance Cost: $50
Prior art before metrics
See attached budget
Co Funding Amount: $0
Community Contribution Amount: $200
In-kind contribution includes community members' assistance with preparation of the drill site, and volunteering thier time on the water source committee. The teachers donate thier time to attend the WASH in schools training and the after school health clubs.
Fund Requested: $14,885
Implementing Organization: Divine Waters Uganda
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