By Rogers Atukunda
Today, ChildFund took part in World Water Day celebrations 2021 organized by Kyankwanzi district local government.
Since 2009, ChildFund had been implementing partner Community Efforts for Child Empowerment (CECE) to support children to realise their full potential. This has been through a multitude of programs focusing on livelihood security, health care improvement, early childcare, education enhancement and youth development. All these interventions aim at having; healthy and secure infants, educated and confident children and skilled and involved youth.
One of the biggest challenges that was identified to be affecting most vulnerable children and their families in the area was lack of access to clean water.
Children had to walk long distances to fetch water from the safe water sources available in the communities. The area though blessed with vast flora and fertile soils, it lacks in natural water sources, so the locals resorted to creating man-made wells which they share with their animals.
As a result, there were many cases of water borne infections, especially in children. ChildFund through its local partner Community Efforts for Child Empowerment have drilled a number of boreholes in the district but the coverage is still very low. It’s against this background that ChildFund implemented a three-water hygiene and sanitation project in the area since 2009.
The project seeks to address the challenge of access to safe drinking water by promoting water purification using P&G purifier of water. This celebration highlighted measures taken to address the area’s water challenges and gaps that remain.
The project has been in 6 sub-counties in Kyankwanzi district namely; Wattuba, Butemba, Byerima, Kyankwanzi, Bananywa and Nsambya.
With funding from Proctor and Gamble (P&G), ChildFund implementing partner CECE had been working with local media platforms and Village Health Teams to create awareness about positive water sanitation and hygienic practices in communities and schools.
The awareness campaign has emphasized the need for all families to have toilets and stop the practice of open defecation and the need to make water safe before drinking, among other practices.
Over 7,000 households and 18 schools were sensitized on use of P&G water purifiers and have been receiving sachets to purify water to from wells making it safe for drinking.
Five schools were supported with rainwater harvesting tanks to address the challenge of children walking long distances to drinking water sources. Children use P&G sachets to purify water that they drink together with teachers and other school supporting staff.
Allen Nanyonga, CECE General ManagerBetween October and November, ChildFund conducted water, sanitation and hygienic competition aimed at increasing latrine coverage in participating villages among other good hygiene practices.
This inspired a healthy competition that saw families create rubbish pits, construct utensil drying racks, construct pit latrines and storing drinking water in clean containers.
The first and second winners received a 6,000-litre water tank each and the third person a bicycle.
With the outbreak of Covid19 in early 2020, ChildFund through CECE shared prevention messages as issued by Ministry of Health in communities through VHTs and local radio stations with estimated listernership of over 25,000 people.