Water Access, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Project

 
$3,677
$9,323
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Remaining
Urmila giving a WASH lesson at Johnson Nkosi
Urmila giving a WASH lesson at Johnson Nkosi

In the past year, GlobeMed at UCLA covered the cost of repairs/replacements of five different villages water sources, a rain catchment system at Johnson Nkosi Primary School, as well as the development of a WASH manual and curriculum used by the Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative.

Currently, the construction of the rain catchment and three water sources is complete and the other two water sources are under way.

Through community engagement and enthusiasm about the project, five village Water User Committees have been formed. These committees consist of elected community members who oversee maintenance and upkeep of the water source, and are orientated by Mpoma on their duties. These committees are vital to the future of the sources, and their commitment to the WASH project is extremely promising. Each village has voluntarily started a Village Savings Fund to cover future maintenance costs, and villagers collectively decided to contribute 500 shillings per month per household. In this way, long-term functionality of the water source and the independence of villages from donors is insured. The communities will retain full ownership and thus responsibility for their sources, making this a sustainable, reliable solution to their previously limited water access.

GlobeMed at UCLA will be subsidizing the village savings funds over the next three years by matching how much is raised. Our current goal is to match the contributions of the villages 9:1 in this first year, 3:1 in 2015-2016, and 1:1 in 2016-2017. After this point, the villages will be fully independent and have the proper resources to easily cover maintenance, repairs and replacements. If not, they will be in a much more advantageous position to receive further assistance.

Mpoma is assisting the villages in opening savings accounts, and  will attend monthly meetings to gauge progress. They will be a consistent support system to the villages, offering advice and guidance in respect to upkeeping water sources, using the village funds, and educating on sanitation/hygiene.

Using the WASH manual developed last year, Mpoma is currently training villagers in proper sanitation and hygiene practices. GlobeMed at UCLA will be raising funds to provide more copies of the manual, add illustrations and diagrams, and translate it into the native Lugandan.

The Water User Committees, Local Leaders, and Mpoma Parish Chief all convened at Johnson Nkosi Primary School on November 4, 2014 to communicate the successes and needs for improvement for the WASH project. Peter, the Program Director at Mpoma, cited that everyone was extremely proactive and genuinely interested in finding the best way possible to move forward.

Consider investing in our chapter - you would be investing in countless lives and ultimately empowering communities to secure their own health without aid. All funding beyond what has been explicitly allocated will go to identifying and supporting other vulnerable villages in the Nama sub-county region who are in need of a repaired or replaced water source.

Project Manager Peter, and 3 of the GROW interns
Project Manager Peter, and 3 of the GROW interns

In the past year, GlobeMed at UCLA fundraised to cover the cost of repairs/replacements of five different villages water sources, a rain catchment system at Johnson Nkosi Primary School, as well as the development of a WASH manual and curriculum.

Currently, the construction of the rain catchment and two water sources is complete and the other three water sources are under way.

All five village water user committees were mobilised when the four UCLA interns were on the ground in Uganda. Since this summer, the committees have been orientated by Mpoma HIV/AIDS representatives to understand how to properly oversee the upkeep of their villages water source, and promote safer hygiene for all community members. Each village has decided collectively on a small monthly water user fee that each household pays to ensure proper upkeep and thus a sustainable future for their water source. GlobeMed at UCLA will be subsidizing the village savings funds over the next three years by matching how much is raised. Our current goal is to match the contributions of the villages 9:1 in this first year, 3:1 in 2015-2016, and 1:1 in 2016-2017. The fee serves a purpose beyond solely saving for the future as it actively hands villagers ownership of their source without donor dependency. When the time comes for repairs or replacements, villages will have the resources to pay for the services needed. If not, they will be in a much more advantageous position to receive further funding.

Mpoma is assisting the villages in opening savings accounts. They will attend monthly meetings to gauge progress as well as train the water user committees to effectively use the funds and properly oversee the sources.

Using the WASH manual developed last year, Mpoma is currently training villagers in proper sanitation and hygiene practices. GlobeMed at UCLA will be raising funds to provide more copies of the manual and translate it into the native Lugandan.

Once these fundraising goals are met, all other funding will go to identifying and supporting other vulnerable villages in the Nama sub-county region who are in need of a repaired or replaces water source.

This project will help the community progress towards a more prosperous future, so please support GlobeMed at UCLA and Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative as we aim to put life back into our partner community through the WASH Project!

This past year, GlobeMed at UCLA fundraised to cover the cost of repairs/replacements of water sources in the five most vulnerable villages, as well as the development of a WASH manual and curriculum. Beyond providing new wells and repairs for communities in need, the program necessitates that the villages do the following:

1) Start a Village Savings Fund that villagers will contribute to monthly – a way for communities to have ownership over their water sources. With these funds, villages will be able to repair their own water sources as needed, greatly increasing their life span and effectiveness as well as allowing the villages to be independent of outside help.

2) Attend WASH curriculum sessions where important sanitation and hygiene information is taught. These lessons will be catered to the specific needs of each community.

3) Implement affordable, and safer sanitation practices into their lives and homes as the WASH program continues – thus reducing illness caused by unsafe water usage.

 

Our interns stayed at Mpoma for five weeks this summer to collaborate with the Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative to form a Partnership Action Framework to outline what we will be raising money for this year. It was decided that to ensure stability and sustainability for the Village Savings Funds, we will be setting up a Matching Fund, and fundraising to match the contributions of the villages by 90% in this first year, 75% in 2015-2016, and 50% in 2016-2017. We will also be raising money to translate our WASH manual and curriculum into Lugandan, the native language of the beneficiaries of our project.

This project will help the community progress towards a more prosperous future, so please support GlobeMed at UCLA and Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative as we aim to put life back into our partner community through the WASH Project!

"Water is life!" -Harriet, community member of Waluga Village in Mukono District, Uganda. 

Since the inception of the WASH Project in August 2013, our partnership has been hard at work developing various aspects of the project in anticipation of the June 2014 implementation. The GlobeMed at UCLA chapter is in the process of fundraising through various events on campus, grants and individual giving campaigns. Mpoma Community HIV/Inititative has been equally active, gathering information about the construction costs of the new sources of water. Both partners have maintained a dialogue regarding the development of the Sanitation and Hygiene curriculum, set to be taught starting June 2014. 

The WASH Project, when implemented, will be coupled with a village savings program to promote a savings culture wtihin the community. By doing so, we anticipate an increase in the amount of long term care for the sources of water as we hope to emopower community members to take ownership of their sources. We plan to do this by having community members remain responsible for all repairs needed on the water sources after construction. 

This project will help the community progress towards a more prosperous future, so please support GlobeMed at UCLA and Mpoma Community HIV/AIDS Initiative as we aim to put life back into our partner community through the WASH Project!

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Organization

GlobeMed at UCLA

Los Angeles, California, United States
http://globemed.org/impact/ucla/

Project Leader

Alexaya Learner

Los Angeles, California United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Water Access, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Project