What we do

AWEC works in 10 schools and the neighborhood communities’ near Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) in Kanungu District – Uganda. AWEC educates young children in these schools about the value of water, best sanitation and hygiene practices.

Increased access to safe water

Access to safe water is a basic necessity for a healthy life and for sustainable development.

In Uganda where clean water supply is limited, many people have no choice but to rely on unprotected water sources for their daily consumption.

In order to increase permanent access to safe water to schools, AWEC constructed 10 ferro cement water harvesting tanks in 10 schools. These rainwater harvesting tanks are also used as reservoir tanks when the gravity water is flowing. The availability of water in schools especially when schools are in secessions has greatly improved the sanitation and hygiene of the children.

The direct impact of these tanks include; reduction in the average walking distance to the nearest water point; reduction in time spent fetching. The girls were also facing harassments at crowded water points and sometimes forego bathing which was detrimental to their hygiene and health.

AWEC has also installed filtering equipment for safe drinking water in schools.  Boiling drinking was found expensive as the working area lacked firewood.

The provision of water tanks made a big impact in schools for some schools water bills reduced by more than 30%.

Water Education

WASH clubs have been formed in schools to oversee the implementation WASH related activities and planting a tree seedling per child. Participatory education through workshops, music dance and drama, exchange visits; competitions (essay writing, are used to stimulate the thinking of the children and community members. This is augmented by practical / simple exercises for children practiced both at school and at home AWEC facilitates community dialogues where environmental considerations are incorporated into all development.

Sanitation Hygiene and Health

Sanitation Hygiene and Health Education is globally recognized as a key intervention to promote children’s right to health and clean environment and to influence a generational change in health promotion behavior and attitudes. It is also appreciated that not only the quality of teaching but also the environment, especially the availability of safe drinking water and sanitation together with good hygiene practices, influence learning. AWEC promotes best sanitation and hygiene practices using a combination of approaches like School Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), Community Led Total Sanitation (SLTS), Children Hygiene and Sanitation Training (CHAST) and Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST). Practices like hand washing at critical times is emphasized, cleaning of latrines to make them user friendly and keeping classrooms and compound clean using compost pit and dust bins. AWEC created an enabling environment by providing some support equipment’s and infrastructures.

Trainings: school administrators, teachers and learners were given appropriate packages to enable them effectively transforming their sanitation and hygiene practices. Infrastructures including dust bins, for waste management, incinerators for disposing used sanitary pads were provided to schools.

 

List of schools

  1. Bushere Primary School
  2. Kihihi Primary School
  3. Nyamwegabira Primary School
  4. Rushoroza Primary School
  5. Kibimbiri Parents Nursery and Primary School
  6. Kibimbiri Primary School
  7. Kiruruma Primary School
  8. Bukorwe Primary School
  9. Kihihi High School
  10. Rushoroza Seed Secondary School