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Provide sufficient safe drinking water supply to tens of thousands, villages hard-hit by severe water crisis in post war ravaged N.Uganda

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Rural Women and Youth Coordination's water recovery-Link is a department for water and sanitation, plans to provide  more sufficient safe ,healthy water  supply to villages hard-hit by water crisis in a post war ravaged northern Uganda, that recently suffered  prolonged drought ever, due to climate change . Putting the poorest families, orphans, widows and other vulnerable children at a high risk of serious outbreak of water-borne diseases, due to sharing dirty water sources with animals. To get safe or clean water one needs a bicycle. For those without, or pedestrian, it's a day's work, which is still life threatening and sickness. The first priority would be to install hand pumps and tube wells for the 150 villages hard-hit by water shortages including water lifting devices and rain water harvesting, besides training in maintenance, to ensure safe water supply far into the future.

Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The civil strife in Northern Uganda of over the last 20 years, coupled with climate change - drought has brought more than 10,000 families, who had just return from the Internally Displaced People's camps to state of severe water crisis. The pumps and wells installed some 30 years ago can no longer handle everyday needs, let alone such serve drought which dries every nearby swamps that used to provide waters, over the years, during rainy seasons. Many existing pumps even do not work because their pipes have been removed by unknown people, while people were displaced into the camps for such a long period of time. With your help this terrible water shortage can be solved permanently. Tens of thousands of village families face the ordeal of finding clean water every day. Women often have to use bicycles or walk for over five hours a day just to fetch enough water to give their families a drink, never mind washing or watering the kitchen gardens which everyone depends upon for food. Besides, risks and vulnerability to out breaks of water borne diseases, like of recent bilharzias, cholera and diarrhea among others. People have to use bicycles to carry water home, to the disadvantage of over 90%, extremely poor families who have no choice, given the long distance, of from 7 to 10 miles radius.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

All households facing serve water crisis in rural and remote post war areas, would have access to sufficient safe water supply within their own villages. and become safe from risks of out break water borne diseases. Our goal is to provide support for installation, water lifting techniques, water harvesting, train community water management committees to avoid water users conflicts and more, besides, contribute to the knowledge about and application of community maintenance and control solutions and up keep finance mechanism, so that dependency on NGOs and donor funding will be only necessary for installations and more technical areas in the water supply systems, but reduce other long term needs such as up keep. In addition, we would provide some environmental education to create awareness to the communities, stakeholders on conservation/protection, conflict resolution/human rights, dialogue,round table talks that bring opposite sides to a common understanding and more.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

During our mobilization campaign for out of school child re-enrollment, women from the hard-hit villages asked us for help with the water crisis in their areas. To give that help, water crisis- link our water department needs your support. Water recovery- link is dedicated to providing safe, healthy water to villages using dirty/muddy water, and areas where women walk for a half a day in search of water. Its staff help install simple, efficient hand pumps and tube wells. Its expert teach villagers how to maintain them. All water crisis- link's projects are undertaken at the request of the community leaders. The community controls the assets and pays for their upkeep, ensuring a supply of safe, healthy water far into the future. But funds to start the project come from people like you. With the money you give, our intervention will not only train local women to keep pumps and wells in good working orders. It will carry out inspection for two years and provide additional training necessa

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Rural Women and Youth Coordination -(RWYC) is a registered CBO/NGO, with registration number LDLG/2016/091. RWYC water recovery-Links project has provided some 50 households hard-hit by serve water crisis with safe water supply within the last two years, and we are looking forward to scale the same intervention to cover over 50% of the war ravaged areas, besides other empowerment community programmes, such as social enterprises , education, health and the environment, in the next ten years.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

RWYC’ s Water recovery- Links would like to reduce the walking distance to two or three kilometers radius so the poor could also have access to clean water within a walking distance. Installations of boreholes or pumps could reduce this water shortage by over 50% in the hard-hit areas recovering from the war effects. Our project is working day and night to have these problems fixed to a reasonable level possible.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Indeed, as RWYC water uses the world's projections to 2050 show, the water supply to some 47% of the world’s population, mostly in developing countries, will be under severe stress, largely because of developments outside of agriculture. But agriculture consumes about 70% of the world’s freshwater withdrawals (45% in developing countries). With demand for food and water rising, we also train farmers to use water more efficiently and improve agricultural water management. In many cases, that means policymakers should use water charges to reduce wastage, and introduce supporting measures that encourage more innovation and better management. This is particularly important for areas experiencing severe water crisis, such as our region and the communities we serve. With Northern Uganda recovering from the civil war the water and sanitation activities are mainly donor-driven, whereas in other areas there is good potential to shift to an approach more oriented at self-supply.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

This is a developing country, so we are under pressure from the effect of climate change, hence, we shall involve all water experts, both physically or through sharing valuable information on future threats, like for example climate change,which are projected to continue to influence all water uses, in homes and agriculture. By implication, farmers will also need to improve their management of water. Technology and better management can help achieve this improvement. Support tools, for example, that are being developed would enable greater efficiency in water management strategies, such as the computerised linking up of soil moisture monitors to drip irrigation system.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

For a start, we are recognizing the complexity and diversity of water resource management in households and agriculture, including supply and demand dimensions at the national and regional levels. we would take steps to strengthen institutions and property rights to reinforce efficiency in water management in households and agriculture. Through training, the water management committee would help in water maintenance and up keep, they collect some small contributions from users for up keep.

Geographic Focus

Africa, Uganda, Northern- rural districts

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

36 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Photo of Yossef Ben-Meir

Great idea Rwyc Obua, and certainly very essential for Northern Uganda. Do you plan on working with the National Water and Sewerage Corporation for any aspects of your idea?

Photo of Rwyc Obua

Hi YO,
Thank you for your advice. Well, National water and sewerage Corporation are mainly working in Urban areas, especially built up towns and cities, and a few areas along the main roads where the pipelines are constructed from the main water sources, the lakes, besides, it will take long for other areas to get the service, as NWSC only cover not more than a radius of 5 kilometers from the urban centres. So, even some of the new towns, town councils and much of the rural areas are using other water sources like the new towns are using water from the constructed Dams, but all the communities in the surrounding areas, the rural areas are using wells, hand pumps, swamps, and locally dug out springs. This is where our project will intervene to scale the the water sources as a new project. we would like to increase and improve on this water sources to make them safer, healthy and nearer to the population facing severe water crisis in rural and remote areas, the poor communities recovering from the effect of the 20 year war in the region. In addition, we would work with companies involved in water drilling and more, with advice from experts from many organisations concerned with water supply, including the same NWSC. Thank you for your time,
Regards, Godfrey Obua

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