Category Archives: Water


SEECHILD is aiming to construct a (boarding) centre for the disabled (both mentally and physically) children in Mpigi with the assistance of CONGRAVA, Netherlands. Access to water and electricity through the CONGRAVA  trustee in Uganda, the Tusaidiane Trust has already been implemented. CONGRAVA (the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters” Alles Voor Allen” in Breda, the Netherlands), firstly, asked Tusaidiane to conduct a geological assessment. After this survey indicated the spot where to find water, a borehole was drilled and water was channelled to different distribution points.  Currently, the construction of the fence and the security guard’s house is on going.

In the picture above, the tank on this stand acts as the main water reservoir and distributes water to the whole compound by gravity

Below is a video showing the drilling process and a lot of clean water found at the identified spot.

Tusaidiane and SEECHILD Management like to thank the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters” Alles Voor Allen” in Breda, the Netherlands for funding these project activities.


Usage of water went down tremendously after the closure of schools in March due to the pandemic. Consumption was extremely low! When the president re-opened schools for student finalists (primary seven, senior four and six students) in October, the students started again to consume the safe drinking water, and usage went up. During our final routine water service round (2020), only 37 clients who had cleared all their service dues were eligible for this water service. Five of these were however out of order and 5 have no metre. Thirty-two clients were not serviced due to non-payment. Before the pandemic, clients used 1.4 million litres of water in 6 months and this usage went down to 453.000 litres for the six months during the pandemic. We hope that in 2021 when schools are re-opened, water usage will stabilise/ rise again. Tusaidiane Uganda Limited through the intervention of the Tusaidiane Trust and donors, will give back to clients who have previously paid all their service dues promptly (37 clients), by offering them free water service for the year 2021 as a way of mitigating the negative financial effects of the Corona lock down pandemic on schools. Clients who have not paid their previous service dues are encouraged to clear their balances so as to be eligible for the free 2021 water service.

TUL would like to thank CONGRAVA and the Tusaidiane Trust for funding this water service project. We are also grateful to the water clients who duly pay their service fees and are still committed to serving you.

For the relation between Tusaidiane Uganda and the Tusaidiane Trust, see the Annual Report 2020 under “Partners in Uganda and abroad” on page 3-4…20210106 Annual report 2020 and action Plan 2021 final


With profound sadness, Tusaidiane Uganda  announces  the death of two of our major friends and donors from the Netherlands.

  1. Mr. Sibren Geert Hovenkamp, born 1  April 1932 and died on the 3rd September 2020. Mr. Sibren will be remembered for his remarkable contribution towards the Tusaidiane water projects in Uganda.  He was a committed partner of TUL for four years. We convey our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends. 
  2. Sister Maria Theodosia. (Cornelia Everdina Visser), member of the Franciscan sisters of the congregation “Alles voor Allen” in Breda, NL. She was born on the 27 January 1927 and died on the 15 September 2020. She worked at Rubya hospital in Tanzania from 1964 to 2002 as a nurse “…providing care and transferring knowledge and skills to the people of Africa…” Being a member of the sisters of Breda, Sr. Theodosia will be remembered for her tireless and remarkable efforts towards Rubya hospital and for her contribution towards the Rubya Hospital Solar project. TUL is offering the Project Management for this hospital solar project and two others in Uganda on request of the sisters. Our condolences go to the Congregation of “Alles voor Allen” in Breda, Netherlands. May her soul rest in eternal peace. 

Farewell thee our dear friends…till we meet again!



A successful Water Project

In 2014, Sr. Namukasa the head teacher at St. Mary Immaculate villa Maria embarked on a project to acquire a safe drinking water system from Tusaidiane Uganda for the school and also give access of this water to the community. Before then,  the students and community members in the area had a problem of lack of clean and safe drinking water leading to diseases such as typhoid and high expenses for the school for boiling drinking water for the students.

Sr.Namukasa after TUL installation of the drinking water system

It should be noted that with the TUL installation of the water purifier for the school and two taps for community access in 2015, five years down the road, Sr. Namukasa has been recognized as one of the teachers making a difference for her school and the  community by the New Vision Uganda. Her water project was one of the considered aspects. Thanks be to Tusaidiane Uganda Limited!. The school now boosts of improved overall health for the students and community at large. Sr. Namukasa has also constructed a 70000 litres water tank to ensure constant supply of water for the school and community. The school is one of the few water clients of Tusaidiane Uganda Limited that is performing well with their water project.

Tusaidiane Uganda is calling upon more schools, institutions and communities to consider installing a water purifier for safe and clean drinking water in order to reap the benefits that come with it such, such as improved health and overall community development. For a water assessment with Tusaidiane Uganda Limited, please call  the Managing Director on +256  766402 or contact us on

Congratulations Sr. Namukasa, Congratulations St. Mary Immaculate, Congratulations Tusaidiane Uganda Limited!




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.



Request for Fundraising for Clean and Safe Drinking Water          Projects

January 2020 


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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