Water and sanitation project in northern Uganda was a one year project that started in October 2016 and ended in July 2017. the project was implemented in one sub county (awach sub county) and specifically in gwengdiya primary school, an institution with over 800 school children with a greater majority being girls, the project drilled and installed one hand pump that supply clean safe drinking water to both the school and the neighboring community. overall the water source serves over 2500 people including school children and neighboring households.
the project also was able to train local crafts men into hand pump mechanics who help to monitor and maintain the water source in case of break down, the hand pump mechanics are a group of 5 youths hand picked from the community the youth with zeal and passion to help and serve the community. this has ensured greater sustainability of the water source as compared to the water sources located in the neighboring village. to ensure even greater sustainability of the water point water user committee was trained and consists of 7 members holding different positions, the major role of the (WUC) is to oversee the general operation, maintenance and use of the water source, the are responsible for setting a collection fee any water user will give at the end of every month which fund goes towards maintenance and repair and paying of the care taker.
The project was able to train teachers (patrons and matrons) of health and sanitation club, the health clubs on basic WaSH interventions of hand washing, basic sanitation, safe water and menstrual hygiene management. members of the club in turn were supported to run the same wash awareness campaign to other school children of the entire school and nearby community.
overall the project was a big hit and a success in that the school which had spent nearly 30 years without any clean safe drinking water source now bost the best in terms of clean water; trained hand pump mechanics are able to earn money from the repair of other water sources within the neighboring villages so it has turned to be a source of living for the formally unemployed youths. there has been an increased enrollment of girls in the school within the 1 year of existence of the water source and a high school retention of girls at school as noted from the school enrollment list and performance sheet. girls are able to manage their menstruation hygiene much better with training on making of reusable pads, and support from their male counterparts. the children generally have more time for classes as they don’t have to trek long distances looking for water during class hours.
in a nutshell the project met it’s target of improving the WaSH situation and improving academic performance of the school with reduced WaSH related diseases.