CURRENT WATER SITUATION FOR WOMEN AND
The burden of fetching drinking water from outdoor sources falls disproportionately on girls and women. A context Analysis of Lyantonde District in June 2013, shows that in almost 91.2% of households without a drinking water source in a distance of less than one kilometer, it is women and girls who collect water. Time taken collecting water is between 30 minutes to 90 minutes which considerably reduces the time women and girls have available for other activities such as childcare, income generation and school attendance.
Education: Girls often have to walk long distances to fetch water in the early morning. After such an arduous chore, they may arrive late and tired at school. Being ‘needed at home’ is a major reason why children, especially girls from poor families, drop out of school. Providing water closer to homes increases girls’ free time and boosts their school attendance.
A child collects water from her community's only water source in Lyantonde
HIV and AIDS: The absence of clean water and sanitation also increases the risk of opportunistic infections and diarrhea diseases among people living with HIV and AIDS. In Uganda, HIV prevalence rate is estimated to be at 8.3 percent in women and girls. Women and girls are also the caregivers of chronically sick family members. With better access to water and sanitation facilities, the burden on households caring for AIDS-affected members is reduced.
Rape and abuse: Without access to water, many women and girls become victims of physical attack and sexual violence as they travel long distances to collect water. Women and girls move long distance through to and from water sources making them victims of ‘roadside’ attacks, bullying, rape and attacks from roadside predators like snakes.
We believe that providing clean and safe water to vulnerable communities like victims of HIV/AIDS pandemic is a foundation for healthier living. On December 23rd, 2013, we finished constructing a 4000 liters water tank for an HIV/AIDS affected widow and her 5 children who had no access to safe water and would spend some days without water because children were scared of snakes in the footpaths to the nearest water source (an open well, which was very unsafe). We gave the family a lovely Christmas gift!
In the next 12 months, we will construct 20 Ferro-cement tanks (4000 liters each) for women living with HIV/AIDS and children orphaned by HIV/AIDS who are below the age of 12. Masons hired for construction of water tanks will be instructed to train selected women and youth in construction of the tanks. This will help communities learn skills of tank construction as a means of sustaining the project. Communities will be trained to repair tanks constructed and to save money in groups and get readily available services in their localities for construction of other water tanks. Such skills when properly utilized will increase safe water availability in rural communities and thus reduce the rate of infection of water borne diseases among communities and reduce distance covered to communal unsafe water sources. We decided to work with women and children because they are the most marginalized and vulnerable groups in Lyantonde due to effects of poverty and HIV/AIDS.Currently more than 91% of the total population of about 70000 in Lyantonde district alone does not have access to safe water which puts people’s health and general sanitation at risk. We are working hard to bringing this number down and build healthier communities by providing safe water.Truly Sustainable gift.
If you are looking for a gift that keeps on, giving consider giving a donation in honor of a love-one, colleague or friend. We will follow up with a thank you card and pictures from the beneficiary family.
A 4000 liters water tank constructed for an HIV affected widow and her 5 children
WHY THIS PROJECT IS IMPORTANT
is located in mid-southwestern Uganda in a dry belt commonly known as Ankole-Masaka ‘dry corridor’; taking its name from the frequent long dry spells
that frequently hit the area leaving thousands of people without access to safe
and clean water. Residents collect water from open wells shared with
animals which causes frequent outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as cholera
The project will have impact on both direct beneficiaries and spread to over 10,000 indirect beneficiaries in communities where they live. Water and sanitation conditions of targeted households will improve tremendously as a result of construction and utilization of water collection tanks. Safe water collected in constructed water tanks will reduce water borne diseases which are part of the disease burden in Uganda. Constructed water tanks will also reduce long distances traveled by children to collect water from communal water collection centers which are usually safe. School attendance will be increased since children will have water available in their homes. The participation of women in community development projects will be enhanced communities because of availability of safe water and we hope to end sexual and physical abuse of girls and women because they will have water sources in their homes.
Since the project will have awareness-raising sessions, these sessions that will be organized at community level and will increase on the level of awareness on the role of the community in primary health care. We will be able to build communities’ capacities to protect constructed tanks as a strategy to enabling communities access water.Selected community members will be able learn water tank construction skills from training done by hired masons. Trained community members will help maintain constructed tanks and carry on the projects to spread to other community members who will be encouraged to save money for construction materials so that they can have tanks constructed in their respective homes by the trained masons. We believe this a way to ensure continuity and sustainability of project.
Water and Sanitation is a Human Right
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights. We believe that everyone has a right to sufficient, safe, acceptable and physically accessible water for personal and domestic uses.
YOU COME IN
WHERE YOU COME IN
In order to construct 20 Ferro cement tanks for 20 selected families, we ask you to donate to our project so that we can raise $39,986. Here is detailed breakdown of where the funds will go.
- $1963.80 is the cost for one fully constructed Ferro cement water that is ready for utilization by a beneficiary family. This means we will need $39,276 to construct 20 water tanks.
- $800 will go towards hiring a professional to work with communities and the local district medical department to test existing water sources and determine their safety for a period of one year. The hired professional will provide advice and feedback to communities and our team working in the field. We know this is lower than what a professional can charge us here, but we will work with professionals who value our service and are willing to work for this much. We are sure about this because we have all along received support from the District Health Department and other nonprofits. If we get University Interns or volunteers who have the skills, then we will be able to save this amount so it can go toward providing another family with safe water.
- No costs will be incurred to train 20 woman masons and Village Water Committees. Hired masons and contractors will train the 20 masons and will also work with our staff and communities to train Village Water Committees. We think this a way to cut down costs, ensure direct participation and sustainability of the project and increase skills development in the communities where we work.
- Internship and volunteer opportunity: Are you passionate about water rights and Global Health? Then consider coming over for an internship or to volunteer with us this summer! We have worked with several volunteers and interns from the U.S. and we are one of the best grassroots organizations you could ever work with! We will be hosting interns from our Partner GlobeMed at Arizona State University this summer. Please share this with friends you know are passionate about Global Health.
IF WE ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO EXCEED OUR FUNDING GOAL
- Excess funds will go toward increasing the number of beneficiary families. With extra funds, we will be able to provide safe water for even more children and women.
- With extra funds, we will increase the area of operation to cater for more districts within the ‘dry corridor’. We understand that there are thousands of women and children without access to safe water, but we can’t reach out to all of them at once. But if we have more extra funds, we will reach out to them and transform their lives.WHAT WE NEED
We need funds to construct 20 Ferro cement tanks. $1963.8 is the cost for one fully constructed Ferro cement water that is ready for utilization by a beneficiary family. This means we will need $39,276 to construct 20 water tanks.
A donation as small as $10 will greatly contribute to the success of the project. All financial contributions will directly go to the project and increase safe water availability to women and children. Here is a brief insight into some of the materials we need to construct one Ferro cement tank.
- $4 This will help us buy four galvanized plugs
- $25 Rolls of chicken wire mesh for one water tank
- $49 . This gift will help us buy 1’’GI pipes for inlet , 1’’GI pipes for overflow and Wash out 1 ½ pipe 4metres long & its accessories . This gift will feed a bison for three days.
- $71 will be used to buy two rolls of Chicken Wire mesh, DPM polythene paper, and two rolls of Binding wire
- $100. This donation will enable us buy roll of wire mesh which is a vital component in construction of a Ferro cement tank
- $244.80 will go towards purchase cement which another vital component for a weather resistant Ferro cement water tank
5 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN PROVIDING SAFE AND CLEAN WATER TO VICTIMS OF HIV/AIDS.
Since 2008, we have been working to ensure that women have access to water in their homes and are directly involved in the planning and management of water and sanitation programs designed to reach them. We have been working to address the inequities suffered by women and girls in relation to water and sanitation services by training and equipping selected women with skills in water tank construction and ensured their full participation in our housing, water and sanitation projects.
Three female masons leading men in constructing several Ferro cement water tanks in 2010 is an example of our practical application of women empowerment. Their participation helped us provide safe and clean water to vulnerable households of children, women and the elderly who are victims of the HIV/AIDS pandemic who previously didn’t have any access to safe water and were traveling more than 5 kilometers in search of water which was mostly unsafe water from swamps and open water sources shared with animals. With funding from you, we will provide safe water to hundreds of children and women. We are committed to ensuring that more people have access to safe and clean water in Lyantonde, Uganda.
3 women led construction of a 20000 liters water tank for one of our beneficiaries
WHO WE ARE
We are a Uganda based nonprofit founded in March 2008. ICOD Action Network’s work extends beyond material support and touches upon the need to empower communities so that they can be able to sustain themselves. We believe that local driven interventions and innovations are the foundation of sustainable community transformation. We are currently implementing a Child-Centered and HIV/AIDS programs targeting children and women who are the most vulnerable groups in Uganda. ICOD Action Network also targets Child Headed Households, youth, orphans, and support groups of People Living with HIV/AIDS and supports them by extending health services, constructing houses, constructing pit latrines, constructing safe water tanks, providing HIV/AIDS training and education. The organization is also implementing ICT and permaculture programs targeting rural farming communities.
OUR COMMITMENT TO ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY
We are committed to working in an open, responsible and transparent way that builds trust and respect of all our stakeholders. ICOD Action Network is committed to high quality programming and seeks to work with affected communities and populations in the best way possible.
Our core values at ICOD Action Network are deeply rooted in sustainability, human rights, justice, inclusiveness and participation, commitment, accountability and transparency. Resources and responsibilities for decision–making are used in ways that are mutually transparent and answerable to all stakeholders. This is complemented by the highest standards, flexibility and pragmatism in program implementation, emphasizing both accountability towards the communities we serve and fulfilling the expectations of funding partners and donors. We are fully committed to transparency in our projects, as well as in all financial transactions.
DESCRIPTION OF CELEBRATE WATER 'PERKS'
$10 Celebrate water: We will send you a thank you card from Uganda. Also, we will list your name on “Celebrate Water” page on our website www.icodactionnetwork.org . We will also send you a picture of the water tank and the beneficiary family that your donation has helped receive safe and clean water. We hope this will help you attach faces and your gift
friend: Your name
will appear on ICOD Action Network’s website and facebook as friend and
contributor of the project. We will also send you a picture of the water tank and the
beneficiary family that your donation has helped receive safe and clean water.
$100 Thank you Letter from a beneficiary family: You will receive a thank you letter from the beneficiary family that has benefited from your donation. We will also send you a picture of the water tank and the beneficiary family that your donation has helped receive safe and clean water. We hope this will help you attach faces to your gift!
craft from Uganda: Uganda art craft is known for its beauty and
originality. We are in touch with some of the most hardworking women who make
beautiful art pieces from word, stones, African beads and backcloth. Every
piece is hand-made and we will be glad to share with you one of the pieces. Also, we
will list your name on “Celebrate Water” page on our website www.icodactionnetwork.org. We will
also send you a picture of the beneficiary family that your donation has helped
receive safe and clean water.
and visual presentation: We will provide you a DVD video on our
experiences, personal stories from the beneficiaries and the process of building water tanks. We will
also send you a picture of the beneficiary family that your donation has helped
receive safe and clean water.
$2000 Bark cloth designer Jacket: Bark cloth making is an ancient craft in Uganda whose making dates back to over 600 years ago. Bark cloth is worn both by men and women like a toga, with a sash around the waist for women is made from 'ficus natalensis' tree. You will receive a hand made designer jacket made from locally sourced bark cloth made by one of our friends. We will also send you a picture of the beneficiary family that your donation has helped receive safe and clean water. We hope this will help you attach faces to your gift. (Available for both male and female. Please remember to send us your body measurements)
$5889 You have helped 3 families get safe water: If you are not a Uganda citizen and plan coming to Uganda for a vacation, we will offer you a community tour in Uganda, and an opportunity to learn and see how many lives your donation has transformed. We will give a well-guided tour to all our projects. This will be one of your most exciting tours away from home. We will also send you a DVD video on beneficiaries' personal stories and the process of building water tanks.
$10000. 3 months volunteer experience for you and one friend: This is a once in a lifetime experience to volunteer with an amazing nonprofit in Uganda! With our five years' experience hosting interns and volunteers from different parts of the world, you will definitely receive a life changing experience and spend time with us visiting beneficiaries and constructing water tanks for women and children. We will send you more information as soon as you express interest in taking up this offer. In the meantime, please keep in mind that you and one friend will be responsible for covering the costs of round trip transportation, visa and additional fees that come with international travel. However, we are pleased to offer you housing, and have an exciting opportunity to link you to a host family you will live with. We are very sure you will love the new culture, food and people!
1) ROLE OF WOMEN; WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT:
While women often have the primary responsibility for the management of household water supply, they are rarely consulted or involved in the planning and management of this vital resource. Evidence and experience has proved to us that water and sanitation services are generally more effective if women take an active role in the various stages involved in setting them up, from design to planning, through to the ongoing operations and maintenance procedures required to make any initiative sustainable.
Involving women in decision making on maintenance, repairs and ensuring their full participation in water projects is very important. We will train 20 more women in Ferro cement tank construction and equip them with these vital skills. Such skills when properly utilized will increase safe water availability in rural communities, enhance their status in the community, give them a source of income from trade of their skills, and ultimately pave way for increased involvement of women in community affairs. Women also have in key roles on the local water management committees.
We will involve women like these in all project phases
2) THE FUTURE: ONCE WATER TANKS ARE BUILT
Year 1 (2014)
Improved health through Village Water Committees: Village Water Committees selected by communities will be trained to educate households about health and sanitation and the importance of clean water and latrines. Each committee member will be responsible for promoting a set of critical hygiene behaviors with their neighbors. Critical hygiene behaviors include, utilization of pit latrines, increasing the frequency of handwashing by families before eating or preparing food and after going to the latrine. Water conservation and good practices to preserve water tanks will be encouraged so that families can have water to take them through the long dry spells which usually last for three months.
Year 2 (2015).
A permanent, sustainable solution: Communities participating in the project will elect a water management board, comprised of equal numbers of men and women. The water management board is responsible for ongoing operation of the water system, including repairs and maintenance, coordinating training of more village masons and monitoring the impact of the project among beneficiary households.
Year 3 and beyond (2016 and +)
Children’s education: Children will now back in school, will be able to attend school regularly and their performance in class will have greatly improved. Their communities will have a brighter future ahead with the emergence of these young leaders.
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