Students at 9 schools in Amach sub-county, Uganda, miss hours of class every day to walk several kilometers to get water for their families. This makes it extremely difficult for them to stay on track with their education and may result in having to drop out of school entirely. Water borne diseases are the most common cause for sickness and death for young children in the area. This year, we will also be rehabilitating one deep well, constructing one deep well, constructing two 5-stance drainable latrines, and training schools and neighbouring community members how to make RUMPS (Reusable Menstrual Pads for Students). This project will provide approximately 2,250 people with access to potable water.
What can you do to help?
The School Challenge is an exciting opportunity to bring real change to the world and to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people! Join schools from around the world in fundraising for this year’s School Challenge. Read about fundraising ideas to be inspired to bring clean water to Uganda.
Who implements the project in Uganda?
Executive Director of Divine Waters Uganda (DWU), Ocen Moses Deleo, and his staff look forward to implementing this year’s school challenge for 2018-19. Ryan’s Well Foundation has worked in partnership with Divine Waters since 2003, providing safe water, adequate sanitation and improved health for hundreds of communities in Northern Uganda. Community members are involved in all decision making aspects of the projects, which leads to project ownership and long term self-sustainability of the communities. Divine Waters Uganda has trained countless members of WSSCs (Water Management Committees) and students in WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene). Through its proven technical expertise in water development, commitment to community-led programming and innovative WASH promotion strategies, the Divine Waters Uganda team has continually excelled in WASH programming and implementation.
What will the funds raised support?
- Construction of 1 deep well
- Rehabilitation of 1 deep well
- Construction of 2 x 5-stance drainable latrines (with extra stance for girl’s change room)
- Construction of 2 x 2500L rain water harvesting jars for hand washing at each latrine
- Mobilize Schools/Communities and support WSSC organization x9
- Extensive WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Training for all 9 schools (students and staff)
- Menstrual Health Training and RUMPS (Reusable Menstrual Pads for Students) Training for 9 schools, as well as for mothers within the communities surrounding the schools
- Train and support teachers to lead a school WASH club and to make RUMPS
- Ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation
Schools from around the world will be fundraising and following the progress of this project, starting at the beginning of the New Year in January 2019 and continuing until June 2019. To be a part of this year’s school challenge in Northern Uganda, click here!