The Diocesan Inspector of Schools of Central Busoga Diocese during his inspection of Schools found one of the Church of Uganda founded Secondary School with one borehole sharing with the community. The School he visited was called Nkuutu Memorial Secondary with over 2000 students and 60 teachers sharing same borehole with the community. The student whom he interacted with they said at times they sleep without bathing because at times the community occupy the bore and as students are given little time to fench water as well as to prepare for evening classes. FAMI propose to work with the District Local Government officials and development partners to end WASH crises in schools as well as communities to take it as one of the preventive measures of Covid19 epidemic, to ensure that programs reach the poorest and most vulnerable with quality services, to establish a platform of collective thinking on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues at all levels and influences policy decision making sectors to enhance funding, advocacy, communication, and to contribute to the realization of Women, Girls and children’s rights to survival, development and advocate for WASH issues and facilities in Schools and places of worship through education, training, and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities, to increase sustainable access to information and advocacy to strengthen civil society actors to jointly and individually respond to the needs of the communities and influence the District Local Government Council on WASH service delivery and advocate for the creation of changes in policies and increases in budgets about WASH activities within the selected District in Eastern Uganda.
FAMI will design social media such as Whatsap groups, face books, zoom meetings and use of emails, phone calls, radio talk shows that will involve all target groups such as politicians, community members, Vulnerable group to express their ideas and this will act as a plat form for discussion and to help in creation of Change in the system. On addition to conduct on line training, media trainings through radio talk shows, televisions to train 200 girls on sanitation and menstrual hygiene management and making of pads. Through media parents will be trained on how to offer Guidance and counseling to their girls, to understand their role in provision of re-usable pads, counter books, Uniforms and pens to their Children. The communities will be taught to form WASH committees at family level and will be composed of men, women and children. Men and women of all ages will be encouraged to participate in groups so they can voice their concerns and express their preferences while implementing the WASH activities. The project will be linked to ongoing WASH activities carried out by USAID and UNICEF in Eastern Uganda.
The project is aimed to achieve decreased dropout of Girl child from School, 200 Girl Girls will be equipped with skills of menstrual hygiene management and making of pads, 300 women and girls will be equipped with knowledge and skills to uphold and claim their for rights, WASH programs in the selected districts will reach the poorest and most vulnerable with quality services, Over 50000 people reached with message about their rights on WASH through radio talk shows, 12 Radio talk shows conducted with Knowledge and inspiration messages, 2 persons facilitated to conduct 12 talk shows, 4 different platforms and spaces where representatives from disadvantaged groups can mobilize and self-advocate for their sanitation and hygiene rights created, National advocacy civil society network or coalition for sanitation, hygiene created. Lastly the project is expected to create changes in the system whereby each individual will have a right to express his or her need through different platforms designed and political leaders with influence will be brought on the board. The School where the community share the same bore bore with the community FAMI will work with the development partners such as Water Mission Uganda, well-wishers and the ministry of water to advocate for more borehole at school.