For the last 6 months, members of the community based organiation, Village Health Project- Uganda, have been dligently saving money in their Savings and Credit Cooperative Organization (SACCO). As little as $0.50 each week from members has allowed 4 members of VHP-U to receive a water tank for their families. Ordinarily, a lump sum of funding required for getting a tank is unattainable for most residents of Lweza. The SACCO and your donation has made this possible. And a water tank is a game-changer. Not only has the construction of these tanks created jobs for youth in the community, it has provided stability in access to water for many in Lweza.
A particularly rainy March and April throughout central Uganda has resulted in full tanks for the 4 recipients. They have been using the tanks for farming (irrigating crops with drip irrigation or a watering can), household needs (bathing, drinking, and, and cleaning), to feed livestock (chicken, cattle).
The work is far from done. The community still has a goal of constructing 10 more water tanks so that mothers like Nora (pictured here) can have an abundance of water for her children.
Thank you so much for your contribution to Village Health Project! After months of discussion among community members in Village Health Project-Uganda (VHP-U), our partner community-based organization in Lweza, we are ready for construction.
Since October, members of VHP-U have been saving 2,000 Ugandan shillings ($0.50 USD) each at every weekly meeting that is pooled together. The goal is to construct 8,000 liter water tanks for 14 families initially who have agreed to the terms and conditions decided upon by VHP-U and the community. The saving scheme will continue until famillies have contributed 30% of the cost of all the tanks. Leaders of VHP-U were able to source materials and determine that it will be more cost-effective to build two tanks at a time, rather than one by one. Recipients will be randomly selected to receive the tanks, but they must have already built gutters on their roofs, in order to increase ownership of the project. Your donation will cover the other 70%! This project would not be possible without your generosity.
The first tank will be constructed this week in tandem with the local government in Lweza and Paul Kimera, from Appropriate Technology Centre, the research arm of the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Envrionment. Paul will assist in teaching members of the community how to construct these tanks, thus reducing the cost for future construction and employing youth within the community.
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