Social Action

Special Cause for June:

 

The NKKD WATSAN Project

WATSAN stands for water, sanitation and health education in an area of rural SW Uganda the size of Oxfordshire, with a population of half a million people. Our current project is provision of a new water supply and sanitation facilities to RUMBUGU Primary School where the existing water sources consist of one intermittent tap between 400 children, and existing latrines are over-full and collapsing.

We urgently need to raise £24000 for this school and any support you can give to this project will be much appreciated. WATSAN will construct two catchment tanks for rainwater falling on the roofs of the school hall and adjacent church. The tank has a roof that protects its contents from pollution, and clean water is collected by the users via a tap in the wall of the tank, or may be piped to a tap stand. It will also construct two Ventilated Improved Privies (‘VIPs’) latrines for girls and boys and a third one for the staff.

A typical unimproved latrine is smelly, fly-blown and even dangerous to kids. These VIPs ensure that there is no smell, no flies and no embarrassment in using the facilities. An Ecosan toilet uses an innovative but simple composting system so that waste can be reused to mulch or fertilise crops. The community will need to provide locally available materials and also unskilled labour for completion of the project.

WATSAN’s story began in the 1980s and became independent of Water Aid in 2002. We urgently need to raise £24000 for this school and any support you can give to this project will be much appreciated. Further and fuller information can be found from leaflets in Emmanuel and on the website: www.nkkdwatsan-uganda.com.

Ted Dennison