The project is now complete.  As at 21st January 2015 pure water is running to 10 kiosks, 5 each in Bukomansimbi and Kamuzinda, a public toilet has been built in each community, 7 protected wells are providing clear water, Water harvesting systems and tanks are in 5 schools, each of which now has new toilets, 17 toilets and 40 domestic rainwater harvesting sytems have been installed for the elderly making their lives so much easier.       The enthusiasm of the commuities for what has been done is palpable and new hope has been born that they could lift themselves out of subsistance farming through the water and economic developement programs the project is delivering.  Many people have learnt new skills in masonry and construction which we hope will continue to provide them with employment.   Most importantly Government departments, Local Councils, the community and local Rotarians have all had experience of working to the same aims which we believe will deliver great benefits in the future..

Many people have been involved.  The International sponsor, the Rotary Club of Falmouth, Cornwall, without whose enthusiasm and committment the project would not have got off the ground.  The Rotarians of District 1290 (Plymouth, W.Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly who donated not only through some 12 clubs but also for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation over many years which enabled the sum raised to be multiplied by 3.5 to achieve the amazing sum of $195,000.  Richard Lander School and the Tanner Trust made significant donations for which we thank them.  We raised the money but the project was in the hands of Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs of Maskaka and Kaliziso who worked with Rotaruans from Falmouth to set up the project and to apply for the Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation which made it possible.   They also were totally responsible for the successful implementation of the project and ensuring the cooperation and support of the community, the Local Councils and the Dept of Environment and Water DEW).  We owe a great debt of thanks to the latter for the design and implementation of the drilling, the tanks and the pipework which has brough pure water to the 10 kiosks but also for their financial contribution which allowed the project to largely complete its goals.   Many of the rotarians from thsoe 2 clubs visited the project  and we thank them for their support. Also the community leaders from both communitess who devoted much time and energy working as members of the WASH Committee toachieve the result. 

On going support by the community is essential if the installations are to be properly used and maintained.  During our visit last year we met the Committees that had been formed to operate the protected wells and to collect 1,000UGS (about 25p), from each user household  We were appalled that they intended to padlock the handpumps but all became clear when they said that a common cause of breakage was children swinging on them.  The kiosks are managed by a local water supply company approved by the DEW.  The price is agreed between them and the local Water Board, a community group, and is currently set at 50 UGS per 20 litre jerry can with 20 UGS going to the operator of the kiosk and the balance to the supply Company.  They are responsible for ensuring that the kiosks are open at the agreed times and for the maintenance, repair and operation of the whole system.   The mintenance of the Pubic toilets are the resposibility of the Local Council and for the schools facilities the School Councils.  A small party from RC Falmoth are going out in March to attend the formal opening ceremonies but also to ensure that the appropriate Memoranda of Understanding are in place with these bodies and arrangements have been made to ensure the necessary finance.

The project was very ambitious with a wide range of aims, the invovlvement of Rotarians from 3 continents and very different cultures and, for most of us, something we had not attempted before.  Inevitably there have been tensions and some degrees of confusion as to what was required from the diferent groups in Uganda.  The purpose of highlighting these is not to cast blame but to help guide furture projects of this scale.The 2 main concerns were  the poor, occasionally very poor communicatio between the Ugandan Rotary Project Team and the International sponsors.  A project of this scale particularly one involving different cultures requires a lot of trust.  It is important that regular progress reports, including Bank statements are made to the International Sponsor, partucularly if Budget or installation  changes are involved. Their lack damages the prospects of a future involvement.   The second was that it would have been useful to have given the Ugandan Project Team aome ideas on Project Management.   Particularly the imortance of the Agenda at Central WASH Committee meetings to ensurethat the project was moving in the required direction, that the responsibility for any actions clearly defined and that the the minutes recorded these responsibilitiesd correctly so that the fact that they had been  done reported to the next meeting. 

 

 

 

 

 

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