We are delighted to announce that 48 water tanks have been built, thanks to generous donations
The ‘Livelihood Improvement Programme’ has helped to build water tanks which are allowing families ready access to water right by their homes, making daily life easier. Not only does it save time, it saves people the labour of having to carry jerrycans up the steep slopes of the lake. The people who live by Lake Bunyonyi tend to live further uphill meaning that the distances they have to walk can be up to 2km, which can take around 2 hours. This burden is often carried by the women or children, which takes away from their livelihoods and education.
Ready access to water could mean better sanitation and daily washing which removes risks of water-related diseases such as typhoid, diarrhoea, intestinal worms and scabies. Moreover, it removes the risk of back pain and ill health of the women and children who are in charge of carrying the water, allowing for their daily duties to resume. The benefits also include low cost, easy to manage, easy access and improved health.
How water tanks are built:
The beneficiary households are expected to provide local materials and contribute both skilled and unskilled labour. One member of a household will receive training from experts in how to construct the tank, following which they will receive non-local materials like cement, reinforcements and gutters and are expected to build the tank for themselves. This approach will instil a sense of ownership and substantially lower construction costs. The water tanks are built to supply individuals with sufficient quantities of water, which aids in the dry seasons, where water is collected from roofs, with gutters, into medium-sized water tanks (4,000 litres).
In May 2022, 5 water tanks had been finished, and in just over a year it has increased by just under 90%.
We plan to have built 50 by the end of this year!
Life changing stories:
Dinah contracted measles, at age 5, leaving her without her sight and has recently been living alone due to the tragic loss of her father last year. She is overjoyed to now have a water tank which collects rainwater from her corrugated iron roof. The funding which was left over was used to repair her home and build a brick pit latrine.
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Itambira Island Seeds of Hope is a not for profit Community based Organisation in SW Uganda partnering with Itambira Island Trust a UK registered charity.
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