Category Archives: Water

STOP CORONA VIRUS

The corona crisis has disrupted the way of life worldwide and also in Uganda. People have been staying at home and almost all economic activities were stopped. At home, people were struggling to survive as far as feeding is concerned and also had to adapt to the new normal of social distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID 19 and also remain safe.

Several ways of public relations to warn and instruct the people are widely used and have been developed by our partners abroad. Stichting Mama and Me shared posts in English, Luganda, Acholi and Runyankole. Here is the English version of the corona post from Mama and Me, NL to use and spread (see in picture below).

With the ease of the lockdown, Tusaidiane Uganda is cautioning people to stay safe. TUL is further urging its different partners in Uganda that while going about our activities/business outside our homes, let us be vigilant and take the necessary precautions such as maintaining the appropriate social distance, wear a mask when in public places, stay at home if you have flu or cough, wash our hands regularly with water and soap, use sanitizer if you have access to it and for good respiratory hygiene, always cover the mouth with the elbow whenever you sneeze or cough (the visual images are on the poster above).

Tusaidiane Uganda Limited is grateful to all her partners in the Netherlands and Germany who have offered a helping hand to the beneficiary organizations in Uganda during these tough and strange times.

#StayHome#StaySafe#

FUNDRAISING FOR CLEAN AND SAFE DRINKING WATER

Request for Fundraising for Clean and Safe Drinking Water          Projects

January 2020 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2018 and 2019, no new clean and safe drinking water projects with the help of a water purifier could be realized because of lack of funds.

Management of Tusaidiane Uganda is looking for sponsors for clean and safe drinking water projects to the tune of UGX 200 million or € 50.000 and for stocking at least 4 purifiers (€ 10.000).

  1. The importance of clean and safe drinking water in Uganda

Clean and safe drinking water is a permanent concern for many. Is clean and safe drinking water a permanent concern for you?

In Uganda, it is a permanent challenge, especially for children. Even the availability of water (without using the word “clean”) in schools, hospitals and health centres is not self-evident.

Often long distances must be covered to collect water with jerrycans. This water mostly is of suspect quality and is certainly not clean for schools with thousands of pupils and health facilities with many hundreds of patients. Large parts of Uganda are blessed with sufficient and relatively regular rainfall. However, all that water is just running away from the iron sheeted roofs to nowhere. What a pity!

Not the whole year around there is sufficient rainwater. In such situation, the people living in the village must supplement water from streams, wells, pools and swamps. Mostly also cows and goats are drinking there and are doing there some other hygienic functions.

Such water must be purified from bacteria and viruses before it is drinkable. Technical solutions can do the job. However, they are even more expensive than rainwater harvesting and therefore out of reach for the local community.

  1. Strategy

Tusaidiane supports since 2005 schools, hospitals, orphanages, health centres and village communities in Uganda with tanks and accessories for rainwater harvesting and the installation of a water purifier.

In a period of 14 years, 93 projects with more than 2 million litres of rainwater harvesting capacity have been implemented in 18 Ugandan Districts. It concerns the communities around 39 nursery & primary schools, 31 secondary & vocational schools, 13 health facilities and 10 parishes and care homes.

More than 100.000 children, students, patients and village people in Uganda got access to clean and safe drinking water through the installation of 81 water purifiers.

Annex 1 surveys all water purifier installations (81) since the start in 2005 and those who are still operating (67) and in service with Tusaidiane Uganda (TUL), usually based on a service contract. Most of them got also rainwater harvesting facilities and water back-up provisions.

Some 12 Beneficiaries were helped with only rainwater harvesting facilities.

Project initiation by TUL starts with an assessment of the situation on the ground after having received an Application Letter of a candidate (community and/or institution), endorsed by the local authorities.

A water purifier can serve 3-4000 users/day with clean and safe drinking water and must be installed in a safe and protected environment of a school or health facility (the Host).

A water purifier will only be installed if the future owners of the purifier (Community and Host):

  1. Shows capability and motivation to properly manage and maintain the facilities,
  2. Will mobilize the community to be involved in the project and the ownership, and
  3. Will act to guarantee that users are aware about the impact of safe drinking water on health and understand how to use clean and safe drinking.

There are strict technical criteria to be met during assessment before granting a project, such as:

  • Are roofs adequate for harvesting rainwater? Are there facer boards and gutters in good condition?
  • How to guarantee sufficient water supply in times of insufficient rain? Is there a borehole nearby or swamps to fetch water in jerrycans? Is it possible to connect to municipality water?
  • How many drinking water distribution points are required?
  • Is there gravity, which among others can be used for drinking water distribution?
  • Is there reliable electricity supply or do we have to install solar?
  • Is there a safe and protected place to install the purifier or do we have to build a special house?

The Community and Host should be willing and prepared to contribute to the realization of their project.

Local contribution is essential in view of ownership and achieving sustainability in operations.

In addition, Local Leadership must find a sponsor to help them financially to realize the project. Where possible, TUL will assist in the search process for sponsorship.

Project costs for a purifier with drinking water storage and distribution facilities amounts to more than UGX 20 million or almost € 5.000.

If rainwater harvesting is required expenses can go up with UGX 6-7 million (more than € 1.500) for 12.000 liters of rainwater harvesting (tank, tank-base, gutters, pipes, etc.). Usually a minimum of 24.000 liters (2 tanks of 12.000 litres) is required.

Contribution of at least 20% of the project costs (from UGX 4 to UGX 7 million) by the Community can be in kind (bricks, cement, sand, facer boards, rainwater tank, etc.) or by sharing in the funding.

Originally, project costs were funded for 100% by donors abroad through the Tusaidiane Foundation.

Apart from private people, major donors in the beginning years were Cordaid Netherlands and the S.P.Y.N. Welfare Foundation. In addition, several organizations in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria co-sponsored a water project of a beneficiary organization in Uganda, with whom they had already a partnership relation.

Tusaidiane Uganda has also experience in organizing the drilling of a borehole (80-100 meters deep after doing a geological assessment). Costs of such borehole are very high (UGX 45-50 million or € 11-12.000).

Two of such boreholes were realized and one is under construction and will be completed in 2020

Review Water Program 2018-2019

  1. Servicing: 67 units in 18 Districts were serviced twice a year for the service fee of UGX 240.000 (€60 per year) including transport to the location but excluding expenses for broken gadgets.
  2. New projects: no new projects could be installed because of lack of funds. Both in 2018 and in 2019 Tusaidiane Uganda got yearly applications from 3 potential Beneficiaries. Beneficiary management and Local Leaders (including TUL) were not able to find sponsors for their projects. Moreover, TUL has no funds to stock a limited number of purifiers for use as soon as a project is materializing. Procurement and delivery from abroad are taking more than 6 months.
  3. Challenges for 2020 and following years
    1. Give priority in operational service support to clients with a good track record in view of drinking water use and make service business (= running business for 67 installed functioning purifiers) self-supporting.
    2. Support requests of Local leaders for “mind-set change” by offering native speakers to sensitize communities about the benefits of safe drinking water.
    3. Support requests for investments of existing customers for small extension of facilities.
    4. Stock a minimum of 4 purifiers if seed money for stocking (€000) can be found.
    5. Implement new purification projects in consultation and cooperation with the new beneficiary communities as far as sponsors are available. For 200 million Uganda shillings (or € 000) it will be possible to serve 5-8 communities with clean and safe drinking water. The exact number will depend on the composition of the projects.

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SEARCH FOR SPONSORS

Request for Fundraising for Clean and Safe Drinking Water          Projects

January 2020 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In 2018 and 2019 no new clean and safe drinking water projects with the help of a water purifier could be realized because of lack of funds.

Management of Tusaidiane Uganda is looking for sponsors for clean and safe drinking water projects to the tune of UGX 200 million or € 50.000 and for stocking at least 4 purifiers (€ 10.000).

  1. The importance of clean and safe drinking water in Uganda

Clean and safe drinking water is a permanent concern for many. Is clean and safe drinking water a permanent concern for you?

In Uganda, it is a permanent challenge, especially for children. Even the availability of water (without using the word “clean”) in schools, hospitals and health centres is not self-evident.

Often long distances must be covered to collect water with jerrycans. This water mostly is of suspect quality and is certainly not clean for schools with thousands of pupils and health facilities with many hundreds of patients. Large parts of Uganda are blessed with sufficient and relatively regular rainfall. However, all that water is just running away from the iron sheeted roofs to nowhere. What a pity!

Not the whole year around there is sufficient rainwater. In such situation, the people living in the village must supplement water from streams, wells, pools and swamps. Mostly also cows and goats are drinking there and are doing there some other hygienic functions.

Such water must be purified from bacteria and viruses before it is drinkable. Technical solutions can do the job. However, they are even more expensive than rainwater harvesting and therefore out of reach for the local community.

  1. Strategy

Tusaidiane supports since 2005 schools, hospitals, orphanages, health centres and village communities in Uganda with tanks and accessories for rainwater harvesting and the installation of a water purifier.

In a period of 14 years, 93 projects with more than 2 million litres of rainwater harvesting capacity have been implemented in 18 Ugandan Districts. It concerns the communities around 39 nursery & primary schools, 31 secondary & vocational schools, 13 health facilities and 10 parishes and care homes.

More than 100.000 children, students, patients and village people in Uganda got access to clean and safe drinking water through the installation of 81 water purifiers.

Annex 1 surveys all water purifier installations (81) since the start in 2005 and those who are still operating (67) and in service with Tusaidiane Uganda (TUL), usually based on a service contract. Most of them got also rainwater harvesting facilities and water back-up provisions.

Some 12 Beneficiaries were helped with only rainwater harvesting facilities.

Project initiation by TUL starts with an assessment of the situation on the ground after having received an Application Letter of a candidate (community and/or institution), endorsed by the local authorities.

A water purifier can serve 3-4000 users/day with clean and safe drinking water and must be installed in a safe and protected environment of a school or health facility (the Host).

A water purifier will only be installed if the future owners of the purifier (Community and Host):

  1. Shows capability and motivation to properly manage and maintain the facilities,
  2. Will mobilize the community to be involved in the project and the ownership, and
  3. Will act to guarantee that users are aware about the impact of safe drinking water on health and understand how to use clean and safe drinking.

There are strict technical criteria to be met during assessment before granting a project, such as:

  • Are roofs adequate for harvesting rainwater? Are there facer boards and gutters in good condition?
  • How to guarantee sufficient water supply in times of insufficient rain? Is there a borehole nearby or swamps to fetch water in jerrycans? Is it possible to connect to municipality water?
  • How many drinking water distribution points are required?
  • Is there gravity, which among others can be used for drinking water distribution?
  • Is there reliable electricity supply or do we have to install solar?
  • Is there a safe and protected place to install the purifier or do we have to build a special house?

The Community and Host should be willing and prepared to contribute to the realization of their project.

Local contribution is essential in view of ownership and achieving sustainability in operations.

In addition, Local Leadership must find a sponsor to help them financially to realize the project. Where possible, TUL will assist in the search process for sponsorship.

Project costs for a purifier with drinking water storage and distribution facilities amounts to more than UGX 20 million or almost € 5.000.

If rainwater harvesting is required expenses can go up with UGX 6-7 million (more than € 1.500) for 12.000 liters of rainwater harvesting (tank, tank-base, gutters, pipes, etc.). Usually a minimum of 24.000 liters (2 tanks of 12.000 litres) is required.

Contribution of at least 20% of the project costs (from UGX 4 to UGX 7 million) by the Community can be in kind (bricks, cement, sand, facer boards, rainwater tank, etc.) or by sharing in the funding.

Originally, project costs were funded for 100% by donors abroad through the Tusaidiane Foundation.

Apart from private people, major donors in the beginning years were Cordaid Netherlands and the S.P.Y.N. Welfare Foundation. In addition, several organizations in the Netherlands, Germany and Austria co-sponsored a water project of a beneficiary organization in Uganda, with whom they had already a partnership relation.

Tusaidiane Uganda has also experience in organizing the drilling of a borehole (80-100 meters deep after doing a geological assessment). Costs of such borehole are very high (UGX 45-50 million or € 11-12.000).

Two of such boreholes were realized and one is under construction and will be completed in 2020

Review Water Program 2018-2019

  1. Servicing: 67 units in 18 Districts were serviced twice a year for the service fee of UGX 240.000 (€60 per year) including transport to the location but excluding expenses for broken gadgets.
  2. New projects: no new projects could be installed because of lack of funds. Both in 2018 and in 2019 Tusaidiane Uganda got yearly applications from 3 potential Beneficiaries. Beneficiary management and Local Leaders (including TUL) were not able to find sponsors for their projects. Moreover, TUL has no funds to stock a limited number of purifiers for use as soon as a project is materializing. Procurement and delivery from abroad are taking more than 6 months.
  3. Challenges for 2020 and following years
    1. Give priority in operational service support to clients with a good track record in view of drinking water use and make service business (= running business for 67 installed functioning purifiers) self-supporting.
    2. Support requests of Local leaders for “mind-set change” by offering native speakers to sensitize communities about the benefits of safe drinking water.
    3. Support requests for investments of existing customers for small extension of facilities.
    4. Stock a minimum of 4 purifiers if seed money for stocking (€000) can be found.
    5. Implement new purification projects in consultation and cooperation with the new beneficiary communities as far as sponsors are available. For 200 million Uganda shillings (or € 000) it will be possible to serve 5-8 communities with clean and safe drinking water. The exact number will depend on the composition of the projects.

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2018 ANNUAL REPORT AND 2019 TUL STRATEGY

WHAT WE LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2019

Happy New Year every one, I pray that all your wishes be fulfilled.

From Tusaidiane, we are committed to better service delivery and strengthening of our partnerships.

Please find the attached 2018 Annual Report and 2019 strategy.

20181211 TUL Annual Report 2018 Action Plan 2019-

20181211 TUL Annual Report 2018 Action Plan 2019

 

CLEAN AND SAFE DRINKING WORKSHOP ON 25TH OF JANUARY 2018

Sensitization and improvements in the use of safe drinking water

Tusaidiane Uganda (TUL) hosted the 3rd Clean and Safe Drinking Water Workshop on the 25th of January
2018 at St. Kizito Primary School, Kasanga.
The purpose of this workshop was to hold an interactive discussion with all the owners of the water purifiers
to discuss and assess the use of safe drinking water by community members. 51 people attended the workshop.

Participants were grouped into 5 groups where they discussed the challenges and experiences faced by the
different communities regarding safe drinking water on the basis of a number of questions, such as:
 Is your Water Board mobilizing the community users?
 Are your Community Leaders communicating the message about the benefits of safe drinking water
to the community members? And how are they doing that?
 Are you aware about the performance of your community as communicated to you in the attachment
to the invitation letter? Did you discuss your performance with the community leaders? And with the
community members?
 How much are your community members paying for a jerry-can of 5 litres safe drinking water? And
how much are pupils or students contributing?
 Is the contribution sufficient for paying the service fee in full? If not, why not?
 Why is my community only using less than 10.000 litres of safe drinking water whereas the rainwater
harvesting tanks installed have a capacity of 40.000 litres? What is your community doing with the
surplus in rainwater harvesting?
 Why is my community using only little safe drinking water every 4 months, whereas we have access
to sufficient water for purification for everybody in the community?
 Why are the communities of colleagues present in this meeting making better use of the safe

Attached is a detailed report about the workshop and Safe drinking water consumption per category of use

20180131 Workshop Report

20180131 Safe drinking water use per category of use

WATER USE BY COMMUNITIES HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED

Water shortage period has ended.
Community sensitization results in improvement.
3 new Beneficiary Communities with safe drinking water
USE OF SAFE DRINKING WATER July-Oct 2016 Nov-Feb 2016/17 Mar-Jun 2017
Average use / Beneficiary in liters 23.400 L 15.000 L 36.900 L
Number of users/Beneficiary Community assuming 0,5L / user / day 390 250 615
Number of Beneficiary Communities 69 70 67
Use of safe drinking water in liters 1.615.000 1.050.000 2.470.000
Number of Users drinking 0,5 liters of safe water 26.900 17.500 41.200

In May/June 2016, Tusaidiane Uganda organized a workshop with beneficiaries for discussing the insufficient use of the water purifiers by community members

It was agreed that community leaders would start mobilization programs with help of Tusaidiane Uganda to change the “mind-set” of community members. Native speakers of Tusaidiane Uganda would assist in sensitizing community members in the advantages of the use of safe drinking water: better health, more children in the school, more people at work (for income generation) and lower expenses for the doctor and for medicines.

Substantive positive results could not be reached in the period July-October 2016, because the time after the workshop was too short to get effects from the “mind-set change” programs. They were expected in the period November 2016 – February 2017. However, no positive results could be reached in this period because Uganda was struck with a severe dry spell, resulting in insufficient water in almost every part of the country. Food prices were rising sky high; cows died and even people died from starvation.

The use of safe drinking water went down from 1,6 million liters in the period July-October to only 1 million liters in the period November 2016 to February 2017.

Fortunately, rains came back in February/March 2017 and sensitization campaigns resulted in a strong increase in safe drinking water: from 1 million liters to 2,5 million liters in the period March-June 2017.

Details about use of Star Performers, Followers, those with insufficient use and the Beneficiaries without a meter you find in

20170801 Water Use Report

A summary of their quantitative results is tabled below.

Period March-June 2017 Stars Followers Insufficient use No meter TOTAL
Number of Beneficiaries 10 14 30 13 67
Consumption in liters 865.000 638.000 490.000 477.000 2.470.000
Number of users (0,5L/day) 14.420 10.630 8.150 8.000 41.200
Average number of users/unit 1.440 760 275 615 615

New Installations

New purifiers were installed for St. Joseph Mary’s Secondary School in Mbiriizi in Lwengo District and Nyakibale Hospital in Rukungiri. Installation reports can be found on www.tusaidiane.com.

A third purifier will be installed in August for the new Agricultural Training Centre funded by Iowa State University in Kamuli.

For Nyakibale Hospital, we are working on sufficient water supply for the hospital by drilling a second borehole with possible financial help of a consortium of Benefactors (Rotary Clubs in the Netherlands and Uganda, Friends of Nyakibale Hospital in the Netherlands, Sisters of Breda in the Netherlands and others).

Several other organizations have asked for the supply of safe drinking water. Tusaidiane Uganda is limited in financial resources. For realization of a project, the project owner supported by Tusaidiane Uganda has to find a sponsor.