To help children, you must address the problems affecting them. Through targeted projects, HEED is working to improve access to the essentials one remote community needs to thrive.
Soon after introducing the school, HEED began working on crippling water issues.
Like many poor areas in Uganda, scarce and contaminated water was all they had known in this community. The area has no rivers or springs, little subsurface water for wells, and endures long seasons without rain. The lack of water is often an insurmountable obstacle that traps communities in poverty.
So far, to supply the schools, HEED has drilled a deep water well, dug a large reservoir, created rainwater catchment systems, and installed a water purification system for clean drinking water for students. It is enormous progress, but more water interventions are needed for an adequate year-round supply for the schools.
In the future, we hope to partner with villagers to create water harvesting systems for their individual homes. Creating water security for the area is a challenging, long-term project for HEED.
We have focused on improving sanitation in the community by teaching and modeling it at school. This has involved building proper latrines, installing handwashing stations, and ongoing teaching about hygiene.
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Open, contaminated ponds is all they had ever known in Kyakitanga.
Carrying 5 gallon, 40 pound containers of water, is a daily chore.
It's taken many projects, but there is now clean water for the school.
Our first water initiative was to drill a well in 2011. Due to the heavy clay soils and little subsurface water, it can’t provide enough water for the school.
Water is pumped from our well, but it doesn’t provide enough on its own.
As additional buildings are constructed, gutters and tanks are being added to harvest additional rain water.
In 2013, a water harvesting system was installed on our two largest buildings.
A large reservoir is under construction in the valley below the primary school to harvest run-off from the hillside-2016.
Water is pumped to the water tanks from the well and the harvesting tank.
Water is purified with a purifier that uses table salt to create chlorine. Installed 2016.
Clean water and sanitation is bringing the blessing of better health!
Volunteer Chris Peterson has helped install many of our water systems