We encourage you to sign up for the 2019-2020 School Challenge in Western Uganda!
The teacher or group leader must fill out the following form:
The 2018/2019 School Challenge sign up is officially closed. Thank you to all of the schools who signed up this year! For those who have yet to send in their donations, please contact us if you have any questions on how to send in your raised funds.
YOU DID IT!!! Thanks to you and your class, we are in the final stages of completing our 2018-2019 School Challenge project in Lira district, Northern Uganda!! Check out this short video we made after monitoring the 5 benefitting schools – be sure to share with your class and let us know your comments!
Thanks to the fundraising efforts of students from all over the world, more than 2,250 students and staff now have access to clean water and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) education in Northern Uganda. This project rehabilitated a deep well for Alworo Central Primary School; constructed a new deep well for Awiirao Primary School; built two 5-stance drainable pit latrines, one for male students at Barlela Primary School and one for female students at Abutoadi Primary School, both of which were accompanied with 2500L rainwater harvesting jars for handwashing; and trained students at Ateri Primary School on good menstrual hygiene habits and how to make reusable menstruation pads (RUMPs). All 5 schools participated in extensive Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) training, were sensitized on menstrual hygiene and how to make RUMPs, and learned how to properly manage and maintain their water sources.
When students do not have a safe, clean water source to drink from or washroom to use, their education suffers. This is because students spend a lot of time collecting water for drinking and washing, which is time they are unable to spend learning to read, write, and playing with other students.
After teaching at Alworo Central for 5 years, Grace told us that: “there used to be many students but they have started leaving. Now with the clean water our enrollment is up.” Grace also says there are already fewer reported diseases and kids are sick less often since the well was rehabilitated.
These Students Want to Thank You
Thank you so much for taking part in this year’s School Challenge – we could not help these students without your support. Don’t forget to sign up for next year’s School Challenge project, which will provide more than 1,500 students with access to safe water and improved sanitation services in Western Uganda! Click here to join the 2019-2020 Challenge!!
For this year’s School Challenge, we are choosing to focus on the little details that make a big impact. The photos above depict the current nonfunctional latrine for female students: inside 1 stance (far left); view of 5 stances (central); and the current female change room (far right). Appropriate water and sanitation facilities in schools leads to better education and health outcomes for students, and supports girls’ menstrual hygiene management. In addition, access to clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a critical pathway to transforming gender relations and supporting women and girls as agents of change to lead healthy lives and participate in social, economic and political activities. For these reasons and many more, our project will look to empower girls by constructing improved 5-stance latrines with private female change rooms and hand washing stations at two primary schools in Amach Subcounty.
Above are three primary students who will benefit from the newly constructed latrine at Abutoadi primary school. The smiling cutie on the left is in Primary 2 (age 7), same level as the girl in stripes on the right (age 8), and next to her in green is a girl in Primary 5 (age 10).
About the 2018/2019 School Challenge
LOCATION: AMACH SUB-COUNTY, LIRA DISTRICT, NORTHERN UGANDA
PROJECT COST: $43,534.00
Providing access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services are key factors in improving student health, knowledge and educational outcomes. This is because access to safe water facilities on the school premises encourages full school attendance; the provision of latrines or other facilities that promote hygiene and sanitation (hand washing stations) reduces the rate of water-borne diseases; and menstrual hygiene education for both boys and girls creates safe learning environments. As a result, students are empowered to reach their full potential and become agents of change in their communities. When water is not piped to the home or school, the burden of fetching it falls disproportionately on women and children, especially girls, which leads to education deficits and increases their risk of poverty, poor health, and jeopardizes their well-being. However, improving access to water supply increases participation in education and addresses inequalities, which consequently supports sustainable development in multiple sectors. By providing males and females the same opportunity to participate in decision-making and the provision of WASH services, these projects ensure more equitable access to education, and in turn, economic opportunity.
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 them having to drop out of school entirely. This is because time spent gathering water is time they are unable to spend learning to read, write, or engaging in community activities. This year, we will be rehabilitating one deep well, constructing one deep well, constructing two 5-stance drainable latrines, and training 9 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.
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 at Ayito Primary School
- Rehabilitation of 1 deep well at Ateri Primary School
- 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, which started at the beginning of the New Year in January 2019 and continuing until June 2019.
Project Location: Amach Subcounty, Lira District, Northern Uganda, East Africa
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