Niels Lenderink via web
In Uganda, there is a pressing need to increase access to water as to reduce prevalence of water related diseases, bad nutrition and alleviate poverty. In order to meet this need for water, RAIN and URWA (Uganda Rain Water Association) have been working together to improve rainwater management in the Kapchorwa district, Uganda over the past six months. This is being done through various ways including a baseline survey, construction of ferro-cement tanks, and both theoretical as well as practical training sessions on RWH (Rain Water Harvesting) and 3R solutions (recharge, retention, reuse). Technical solutions applied within this project are percolation pits, rubbish and compost management, and rooftop rainwater harvesting in cisterns and tanks. So far, 15 out of 20 ferro-cement tanks, each containing up to 5000 litres of water, have been constructed and are fully functional. Noteworthy on this behalf is that the technical team responsible for the construction of the tanks were also training other group members while building. Other training sessions, including stakeholder related issues, have been focusing on group dynamics, investments and enterprise development, sanitation and hygiene promotion, operation and maintenance, communication, and dialogue. As for topics on more community related issues, hygiene and sanitation improvement has been discussed thoroughly, along with the infrastructure required, and operation and maintenance. All in all, we can see an increase in community capacity building on RWH techniques in the Kapchorwa district. To demonstrate this, an increase of vegetable gardens surrounding the constructed tanks by various households has been noticed.