The Project is now complete!! 10 villages in Kamuzinda and Bukomansimbi near Masaka Uganda now have access to pure clean water within half a kilometer of their houses and mostly on level ground. In addition both communities have public toilets, 5 of their schools have new toilet facilities and rain water collection systems which enable proper washing of hands; 41 households containing elderly or infirm people have either a tank fed from their roof or toilets , a few have both and efforts have been made to encourage economic groups to use water for irrigation and to work together so that they grow the most profitable crops and get the best price for them. Thus making a significant difference to their standard of living and ability to educate their children. Four Rotarians from the club are visiting the sites early March and will be able to see for themselves the improvements in health and childrens' attendance at school, especially for the girls. We will also check that procedures and finance are in hand to ensure the sustainability of the installations. Watch this space!
The background to the project is that in March 2012 2 members of the club went to Masaka, Uganda to investigate the possibility of providing pure water and better sanitation in 2 communities, Bukomansimbi and Kamuzinda. This resulted in support from RC's Masaka and Kalisizo, the formation of a Central WASH (WAter, Sanitation , Hygiene) Committee supported by a similar Committee in each Community. A Community Needs Assessment was arranged with suitable training to ensure an accurate result. 2 Rotarians went out gain in September and it was agreed that the project would fund a reservoir filled from new borehole and emptied by gravity to a series of kiosks from which water could be bought for each community. Plus toilets and roof filled water tanks for the elderly and for 5 schools. 7 unprotected water sources were to be protected and a hand pump installed. Sustainability was crucial so hygiene training, courses on economic development and management committees were formed to ensure that the facilities were maintained and that the wealth of the communities was increased by better irrigation and proper marketing of the extra crops grown. Money was raised by us, supported by 12 Rotary Clubs in District 1290 and 3 abroad, Richard Lander School and the Basil Tanner Foundation. This sum of £35,000 was multiplied by 3.5 through the contributions of Rotarians in District 1290 to Rotary's Foundation and by a further sum from the charity itself as the result of a Global Grant application submitted by the Falmouth and Masaka clubs. Todate the protected wells have been well received and used by villagers outside the site village, the toilets and water tanks installed and the final touches are being put to the main water supplies. The project earned the District RIBI's Connecticut Bowl last April and was reviewed by the Rotary Foundation in January 2015.