Family Spirit AIDS Orphanage in Masindi, Uganda is in need of a shallow borehole at the school/clinic/boarding center to provide safe drinking water for students and staff and a well with a gravity fed irrigation system for the 15 acre farm on separate lo
In 2012, DLDT's executive director met a couple who run theHummingbird Project which works on sustainable farming projects in India and east Africa. They asked if we could visit Family Spirit and see how we could help with their water situation since that was not their area of work, but they knew they needed help. In 2012, after drilling a borehole in Uganda in Mulajji Village a few hours away, DLDT went to research the situation at Family Spirit and then meet with the school/center community to discuss best options for safe and sustainable water for center and the 15 acre farm. During that same time, DLDT taught hygiene and sanitation classes at the school.
At Family Spirit AIDS Center (orphanage, school, youth clinic), students are forced to walk to a public spring that is very unsanitary about 15 minutes away. The spring is typically crowded, surrounded with trash, farm animals, motor vehicles and people right near a dirt road which contributes pollution via runoff. The center has two cisterns that are old and contaminated with bacteria and worms and any water collected on site is not treated properly with tablets that need to be purchased because the containers can never fill to the proper levels while serving the center. One small tap exists on site from the district, but the school cannot turn on the tap because of the lack of funds to pay and the lack of reliable or affordable electricity in the district and country.
*Videos of the children and center directors can be seen on our Youtube channel and photos can be seen on Flickr.
LocationMasindi, Masindi, Uganda, Uganda
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools
Secondary Focus: Water station for other use
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 300
Over 250 orphans rescued from surrounding countries (Congo, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, + ) and Uganda, staff, visitors, clinic, volunteer families and on site gardens.
School Children Getting Water: 250
Children are rescued orphans due to home violence (ie witch craft), AIDS, war or other parent deaths or disasters. Children are recused from Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan in east Africa. All religions are allowed and english is to be the common language although it seems very broken.
People Getting Sanitation: 0
Sanitation and hygiene classes have been, and will be taught during the project design and implementation phases. The water committee will continue this education. Students are getting toilets and showers for the first time from another non-profit.
People Getting Other Benefits: 250
Students who spend holidays and weekends on the soon to be irrigated farm will be learning a skill outside of the classroom so they are able to care for themselves better if not placed in secondary schooling or an adopted family.
Start Date: 2013-12-16
Completion Date: 2014-02-10
With unreliable access to electricity, we have decided on a gravity fed irrigation system and will have the school provide a generator once in a while when the water tanks need filled. The shallow borehole is the best solution for safe water at the school since we know they do not have the capacity to treat tanks of water correctly or keep the tanks sanitary.
Both the gravity fed farm irrigation project and borehole project will be done at the same time in December 2013-February 2014.
A water committee will be trained to care for the new water sources, encouraged to keep notes on issues and impact and the source will be visited bi-annually by DLDT. The community at the center is run by Issacc and Susan (the directors) and their board of directors. The farm is overseen by a Ugandan family connected to Family Spirit when the students and staff are not there learning farming skills (planting, harvesting, irrigating). During holiday and weekends, many students will be bussed to the site to learn their skills. This is a cost Family Spirit will pick up.
Farming and irrigation skills
Many of the children are sick, all are orphaned and most live on site unless a villager has taken them in. Skills they acquire will allow them to provide for themselves in some way once Family Spirit can no longer house or educate them after 7th or 8th grade. All teachers on site are volunteer Ugandans and sometimes from other countries looking for experience to find paying work. Issacc and Susan have a very big job and have HIV themselves, but are very organized and determined to help these forgotten children remain away from the streets.
Family Spirit will supply costs of running/supplying a generator for the gravity fed irrigation system.
Track construction progress (both projects): schedule TBD
Track water committee trainings (both projects): schedule TBD
Update number of people and demographics being impacted
Estimate and track food production impact
Estimate and track hours of skill building for students on the farm
Track ongoing usage of borehole at school
Annual water quality testing
Co Funding Amount: $9,381
Wavemaker Program, churches, individuals, event fundraising
Community Contribution Amount: $0
Not fully included in attached project costs: clearing, maintenance and on the ground support pre-post-during project implementation. Fuel needed for generator and generator to pump to gravity fed system and student transport to farm for additional education will be provided.