On 14th March 2019, World the Wide Fund for Nature and Next Media Services together with the Ministry of Water, Environment &Natural Resources, National Forestry Authority, National Environment Management Authority, Uganda Wildlife Authority, CocaCola, Sites Travel, Barclays Bank, The New Forest Company, Serena Hotels, Fair Ventures Worldwide, Environmental Alert and Capital FM ; officially launch Earth Hour 2019; an environment campaign, the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.
This campaign is set to once again unite millions of people around the world and in Uganda to show their commitment to the planet and environment conservation.
Dr. Joshua Zake, the executive director of Environmental Alert represented Environmental Alert during the launch.
EA in partnership with Water Aid is implementing a 3-months project on Water Sanitation and Hygiene project titled Sustainable WASH (SusWASH) project. This project also supports KCCA directorates for Health, Education and Strategic Planning to include elements that strengthen the sustainability of WASH services within their current plans.
This project aims at applying the learning and evidence generated from the SusWASH project to support Urban WASH policy processes as well as informing sector capacity development initiatives towards sustainability of water and sanitation services. The project shall be carried out in two selected communities of Kamwokya Parish in central division and Kansanga in Makindye division, Kampala and schools of Mirembe primary school, Kansanga seed secondary School, Railway primary school, Nateete secondary school in Rubaga Division and Ntinda school for the deaf in Nakawa division.
One of the project objectives is Capacity development of schools for inclusive and sustainable WASH. In order to achieve this, Environmental Alert is planning to conduct a rapid assessment of the WASH situation in the selected schools.
The main purpose these assessments is to
- To collect information on WASH situation and issues in schools from the SMCs
- To get information about pupils perceptions (Knowledge, attitude and practice) on WASH issues in their schools;
The assessments are geared to act as a baseline to measure the project progress achievements. In addition, information will be used to inform the development of the school WASH plan and budgets.
EA with support from Water Aid Uganda is organizing and will be conducting community meetings in Kansanga and Kamwokya parishes. The meetings are aimed at collecting information about community perceptions on the sustainable WASH service delivery in the respective communities. These are scheduled for 4th -15th March, 2019. Attendance is by invite only.
The inception meeting has been organized to introduce and orient the local leaders as key stakeholders in the SusWASH project. The main purpose of the meeting is to:
- To introduce the project to the local leaders;
- To clarify on their role and support required from them during the upcoming community meetings;
- To provide an opportunity to identify WASH challenges in their community for subsequent planning.