Water, sanitation and literacy





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Uganda

Location: Mbarara

Total Budget: $54,000

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Basic education and literacy

Rotary Club of MBARARA Id NO 22291

District 9211

Brief Background and Problem

Nyakabare Primary school is a universal primary school, run jointly by government of Uganda and parents. Its located in Nyakabaare Village, Nyakabaale Parish, Rugando Sub-county, Rwampara county, Mbarara district in Western Uganda, in East Africa. It lies on Mbarara- Kabale road, 20kms from Mbarara town. It is 2kms off Rugando Trading centre. It has an enrolment of 259 pupils (girls 117 and boys 142). The parents and teachers have since run the school under the Parents and teachers association (PTA)

The school was started in 1938 by the Church of Uganda and since then, it has gone through structural challenges of mud and wattle walls to the current iron sheeted roofed structures.

Areas of focus. This project will mainly focus on:

i) Basic education and literacy

ii) Water and sanitation

iii) Disease prevention

Nature of the problem

The school was ravaged by the liberation war of 1979 and a number of structures have since collapsed. Classes are conducted in poorly equipped and dilapidated buildings and most of the lower class pupils sit on dusty floors on dry papyrus mats. The floor is not cemented, sometimes children use cow dung to smoothen them.(please, see attached photos) Whenever it rains, the children become wet as rain passes through the windows and doors. When rain is sighted early enough the children are sent home; and sometimes the rain finds them on the way home and they reach when they are wet. The performance of the pupils has greatly been affected by these harsh conditions.

The school does not have a clean and safe source of water. The only available source of water is a nearby swamp with very dirty water. This is what pupils drink and end up contracting multitudes of diseases.

Girls mature faster than boys. At the age of 10, the girls start menstruating. There are no facilities such as bathrooms where they can freely refresh their bodies.. They cannot afford sanitary towels either. This has greatly affected their studies and has sometimes led to girls missing their classes or totally dropping outs from school.

There is no electricity at this school. So pupils cannot do their homework in the evening

The school has a poorly equipped a library. The current library has inadequate reading materials

The parents have very low income earned from subsistence farming. With this income they cannot afford books, and furniture. Diseases such as Malaria are rampant and other tropical diseases arising from consumption of dirty water which they fetch from a swamp near the school.

Rotary Interventions sought and expected Impact

1. Pit latrines

 3 stance pit latrine for girls

 6 stance pit latrine for boys

 2 stance pit latrine for teachers.

2. Water harvesting

4 plastic water tanks each holding up to 10,000 litres

3. Classrooms and administration block

 Renovation of administration and library block

 Renovation of a 4 roomed classroom block

4. Provision of lighting facilities. Solar lighting for two rooms used for prep work in the evening

5. Provision of mosquito nets. 300 for all students

6. Furniture Provision of furniture for the staff room, library and the 4 classrooms.

TIMELINE: After receiving the funds, the project will take 5(five) months to complete.

Budget summary

Item/Activity Amount (UGX) Amount USD@2600

Pit latrines Ugx Shs 25,000,000 or Usd $9,615

Water harvesting Ugx Shs 30,613,000 or Usd $11,774

Buildings renovation Ugx shs 71,507,000 or Us$27,503

Lighting facilities (Solar) Ugx Shs 5,000,000 or $1,923

Mosquito nets Ugx Shs 3,000,000 or usd $1,154

Furniture Ugx Shs 5,280,000 or Usd $2,031

Total $54,000


Rotary support comes in handy to improve the current hard conditions pupils go through while studying.

Improved sanitary conditions (Toilets, washrooms and water) will reduce on the incidence and occurrence of disease suffered by the pupils, hence increased class attendance, Bathrooms, and sanitary pads for girls will indirectly impact on the class attendance.

Mosquito nets will reduce on the incidence of malaria and hence increase on class attendance.

Overall, this intervention will have a great impact on the community around as more children especially girls will come to school since life will have been made easy for them. This will also bring an impact on the society as illiteracy, diseases, and sanitary related challenges will reduce.

Rotary will light up. Rotary activities will be visible in the community. The Rotary logo shall be labeled on all facilities provided under this project. Children will also be Rotary ambassadors by talking about what they have benefitted from this project.

Key Contact Person

Rtn Allan Asingwire, Director club service projects. Email, asingwirea@hotmail.com

Primary Host Partner

District: 9211

Rotary Club of: Mbarara

Primary Contact: Allan Asingwire

Email: asingwirea@hotmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5830

Rotary Club of: Atlanta

Primary Contact: Jackie Icenhower

Email: jackie.icenhower@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $35,800
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Project listed for the 2017-18 Rotary Year.

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Atlanta (5830)





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Pledge of $200 by Jackie Icenhower of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, District 5830.

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