By Our Reporter
Hope of Children and Women victims of violence (HOCW), a Non- government organisation in Ndejje Division has launched a ‘Water for a decent life’ project.
The project is aimed at providing safe and clean water for the community of Ndejje during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. The project which started on 1, June, 2021 will commence on 15, October 2023.
Uganda’s high population growth has stressed the water and sanitation services that exist. Over 8 million Ugandans lack access to safe water and 27 million do not have access to improved sanitation facilities.
Due to disparities in water access in Uganda, urban people living in poverty pay as much as 22 percent of their income to access water from water vendors, this limits opportunities to build savings and break the cycle of poverty.
“Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in Uganda. We are going to construct tip tap tanks and boreholes especially in Ndejje community schools and water will be accessed at a zero cost,” he said
Meanwhile, Bolingo added that the pandemic has contributed to the increase in poverty levels.
“People come for help at our offices yet we also have less resources to accommodate them, the demand was very high than our resources. These people need funds to start up small businesses,” he added
The Mayor Ndejje Division Ssonko Shafik urged local leaders to work with HOCW to ensure that the community accesses safe and clean water.
“The responsibility starts with all of us in the community and our participation is key so we pledge to work with HOCW to ensure that the project is fully implemented because it will benefit us in a positive way,” he said
He advised that: “These projects should also benefit the youths and help in provision of employment opportunities especially since they are home during the lockdown period.”
Hon. Ssempala Kigozi also noted that recycling of water is very essential.
“We need to solve the problem of dirty water in our communities,” he said
Godfrey Kigoye, Program Director Katende Harambe Rural Urban Training Centre Namugongo, added that the project will also improve on urban livelihood.
“The water can be used for agricultural activities especially those carried out on a small scale not commercial near homes using a backward way of farming. This will help them improve on their style of living,” he said
Adding: “We also need to sensitize the people, make them aware that water must be recycled by treating and cleaning it before it can be used again or returned to the environment.”
The Vice Chairperson Ndejje Division, Dhikusoka Prossy thanked the Director HOCW for ensuring that the community is supported and their potentials unlocked through skilling programs.
“HOCW has also built a maternal centre for the helpless mothers in our community and through the skilling programs, people can now earn a living,” she said
The project is supported by the Republic of Slovenia through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs.