We spent two day in Masaka this week seeing the progress of the clean water project. This project is turning out to be the best water project ever.
- 60 protected springs
- 10 clothes washing stations
- 16 latrines for schools including a handwashing station
- 15 rain water catchment systems for schools
- Hygiene and Sanitation training for 3 sub-counties
- Model village with 25 family latrines and 500 latrine slabs - training on how to build a family latrine targeted to raise the standard of living. Family latrine coverage from 40% to 70%
Typical unprotected spring water source - children stand on these boards and submerge jerri cans in the water as they gather the water needed for the day by their family. Construction of the spring showing the back of cement face currently this is the water source. I wouldn't walk out on those logs. There are snakes in those waters, even cobras. . . True!
|Newly completed protected spring from the same source as above.|
|In the villages wash is laid out to dry on the grass or bushes. Someone washed their blankets today and left them to dry in the sun. Blankets are real treasures and often are cut in half so share with other famiy members.|
We have made some changes to the latrine design also. It has 2 stances for boys plus a urinal and 3 stances for girls but a new addition is a bathroom (washroom) for girls to take care of their monthly needs. It has a water source (a jeri can) and a drain so that used water can be disposed of. This is a new mandate of the government that all new latrines have a bathroom for girls. Girlsl are regularly absent from school 5 days as there has been no way to manage their needs while at schools. All latrines are now constructed to be accessable to those with disabilities , ramps have been added and if there are children using wheelchairs one stance is altered to be wheelchair accessable and is provided with a sit down toilet seat. See things are improving all the time.
Note the handwashing station. This design has been upgraded to provide a cement base with a trough to divert the water away from the area and providing cement for students to stand on while washing their hands. We are looking at a design that provides water catchment off the roof of the latrine sending the runoff to the water tank for handwashing. We need to get that design a little more cost effective before we can include it.
|H/S graduation class of the model village|
Their was no problem recruiting trainers and facilitators as everyone wants a t-shirt and who wouldn't want to be designated a specialist of something.
|Each participatnt took a turn teaching a principle of the H/S training.|
As a result of the H/S training in the model village their is almost 100% compliance in building of a tippy tape for a family hand washing station. The sad note here is that most of the people say they don't have access to soap. We are working on a plan to show them how to make soap, something that our partner, Peace and Hope from the Maturation Training project, is teaching in other villages.
Family latrines were being constructed and latrine slabs being distributed. The 25 family latrines that are being constructed will go to families at risk, widows, elderly, handicapped, etc.
One of the recipients of the family latrine was pretty excited. She told us thank you several times.
She posed for a pic but not before she took off her head scarf.
I gave her my necklace - she was very appreciative - and I got a big thank you hug.
It looks better on her than on me.Anyone willing to build a family latrine will be given a cement latrine slab to use as the base. The trainers for the latrine construction have had to simplify the construction design for families building their own as they are unable to afford the bags of cement for a base or wood for siding. They are using bamboo woven to make a mesh and then applying mud for the walls and a thatch roof - but the cement slab is a welcome addition. They lay a base for the slab of logs and set the slab on top over the pit or they make clay bricks and build a base which they can take apart and move when the lartine is full. The pits can not be dug as deep as usual as the water table is too high (close to the lake) and in digging you soon hit water. The goal for the model village is 100% family latrine coverage.
Balloons were a big hit in the village but no one knew how to blow up a balloon or to tie one off either. Balloons soon ran out and it didn't take long before all the suckers were gone also.
Some kids didn't have time for suckers or balloons.Where did he ever get that wheelbarrow - that looks easier than carrying it on your head- by far.
|Hey, that's Farrell walking down to a spring. The only bad thing about a protected spring is they are ALWAYS at the bottom of the hill.|
|Trek through the banana forest.|
|That nest and stand in the top of very tall trees in any community where there is garbage to eat.|
But to make up for those very ugly storks there are many, many beautiful children.