Uganda Women's Water Initiative trains grassroots women to be WASH technicians, entrepreneurs and leaders. Women build appropriate technologies, make and sell WASH products and launch local WASH advocacy campaigns. UWWI is an implementing partner of GWWI.
Gomba district has safe water coverage of only 42%. Over 50% of the water sources are open valley tanks which are beyond 5km away from users. As a result, women and children walk very long distances in search for water resulting into delayed development among women.
Also, this area is occupied by communities that have cultures that deter them from using latrines and so latrine coverage is just 58%. As such, on average this district registers 1,500 diarrhea cases per month which results into 50 under five deaths per month.
Most women are unaware of about their rights to work and own property and continue to suffer injustices. Approximately only 5% of women have control over resources like land. This renders them vulnerable to social problems of poverty and dependence.
Tree coverage has reduced by 80% due to rampant tree cutting for charcoal and firewood. This has led to reduced rainfall, prolonged dry spells and reduced agriculture production. This has resulted in severe food shortages and malnutrition over 60 children per month.
It’s upon that background that UWWI endeavors to train women with knowledge and skills in sustainable and locally driven water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions.
LocationGomba, Gomba, Uganda
Primary Focus: Drinking Water - Schools
Secondary Focus: Sanitation - Schools
People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 2,000
400 students per school
School Children Getting Water: 2,000
400 students per school
People Getting Sanitation: 2,000
400 students per school
People Getting Other Benefits: 3,000
3000 - receiving WASH Education training on best hygiene practices, water treatment, source protection etc
1000 girls learning about menstrual health practices
5 women's groups launching small micro-businesses making and selling WASH health related products like soap, shampoo, digesters and reusable menstrual pads.
Start Date: 2013-11-01
Completion Date: 2014-07-31
UWWI expert female WASH technicians will lead their team of women masons whom they've trained to build rainwater harvesting tanks, toilets and water filters for 5 local schools in Gomba, Uganda.
They will build a 15,000 liter tank, 4 toilets (2 boys and 2 girls) and a menstruation cleaning bay. They will also install biosand filters to ensure that their water is safe to drink.
Although 4 toilets may not seem like enough for the amount of students in schools, UWWI makes and sells digesters - an enzymatic powder eliminates all the waste in full pit latrines and empties them so the toilets can continue to be used.
Each of the schools will be required to contribute the following: marram (for the bricks), sand, gravel and labor as well as lunch for the workers. The BPN funding will cover the costs for all other materials and tools. This is to ensure shared costs and that the community has buy in and is investing in it.
Another component of the implementations will be to conduct comprehensive WASH education in the schools which will include best sanitation and hygiene practices and starting and/or strengthening of a school sanitation club who will be in charge of maintaining the technologies and monitoring hygiene practices in the school
Phase 1 - UWWI works w schools and PTA to determine the amount of contribution. An MOU will be signed.
Phase 2 - UWWI team will construct all the technologies at the same time (2 weeks per school).
Phase 3 - Ongoing M&E
After UWWI conducts an intro to WASH in local schools, officials will participate in an application process to decide if they will be one of the recipients of the WASH projects. School officials and PTA leaders will reach out to the families of the students and explain their need for the project, determine the resources they can contribute (money, materials, labor etc) and commit to a labor and maintenance plan. An MOU will be signed.
UWWIs Director, Hajra Mukasa has been a public health official for Gomba for several years. She is well respected in the community and among the government officials and knows all the specific WASH issues that Gomba faces.
Hajra has access to all government resources to support UWWI to get appropriate certificates and approval for construction and other government related protocols.
UWWI will also be working with an existing local women's group in the school vicinity to teach them to make WASH health-related products like soap, shampoo, digesters, reusable menstrual pads etc and help them launch micro-businesses selling these products locally so the community also has access to affordable products.
UWWI will be helping the schools to form and/or strengthen existing Sanitation Clubs to maintain the technologies. In our experience, schools have added a small fee to the children's annual school fees to allot towards technology maintenance. Other schools have sold small amounts of water to local community members also to generate maintenance income. These will be suggestions that UWWI will offer to ensure that the school has funds to maintain the systems.
Maintenance Cost: $100
Amount of money the school saves in buying water and paying for medical bills
Amount of girls staying in school after puberty
Amount of students staying in class without having to fetch water
Improved health in the schools
Reinvestment of the school's savings and where they apply the money
$1200 for RWH systems and tanks
$800 for row of 4 toilets and menstruation cleaning bay
These costs include UWWI expertise/labor, tools and materials for the technologies, WASH seminars and monitoring and evaluation visits.
Co Funding Amount: $5,000
Spark, Women's Earth Alliance and Crabgrass. Operational funds for UWWIs outreach, training and coordination.
Community Contribution Amount: $1,000
marram, sand, gravel, labor
Fund Requested: $10,000
Implementing Organization: Uganda Women's Water Initiative
UWWI is a local chapter of the Global Women's Water Initiative. UWWI was formed by a GWWI Fellow and expert technician to create a local presence in Uganda to ensure that continued WASH trainings are offered to grassroots women's groups all over Uganda. GWWI has been training the UWWI leaders - Hajra Mukasa (UWWI Director, GWWI Fellow of 2011 and Master's Candidate in Public Health at Makarere University) and Godliver Businge (expert WASH technician) to launch their own projects in Gomba District. Hajra and Godliver have been managing, mentoring and training 10 women's organizations in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda for the last 2 years. Ultimately, our goal is to have UWWI be an integral PWX member!