Way Forward for Nakyerongosa village, Uganda
Kasoma Abudu, a community leader who is 73 years old and a resident of Nakyerongosa village has a lot to be thankful for. He recounts how the people in Nakyerongosa village were often ill and even at risk of dying because the only water they had to drink was dirty and unsafe. “Do you see the problem we had?” he asked. “We used to fall sick every time. We needed clean water and needed it urgently.”
In Nakyerongosa parish, the whole community was suffering because the few water points which were constructed/protected years ago were all broken down. But thanks to COMASA and VAD for their support, many changes have taken place in the village.
The Nira pumps have been installed and hand dug wells have been constructed. Nine (9) 2,000 liter capacity water jars have been constructed in households of elderly and disabled people and 3 ordinary springs have been protected. Two community masons have also been trained to ensure that water continues to flow in the future.
Having access to safe and clean water has transformed village life. Kasoma Abudu has time to earn an income and grow vegetables. My grandsons and daughter have more time to concentrate on school activities because they no longer walk long distances to fetch water.
We are very grateful to COMASA for their generous support which has helped to bring safe and clean water to the people of Nakyerongosa. They have given us health and hope for a better and brighter future.
After the various achievements acquired in the field of water and sanitation, the people in Nakyerongosa village would like to begin pooling resources together so as to be able to borrow money and establish small scale businesses. The Worldschool is assisting Nakyerongosa village to work out a way in which the micro- credit will work.
It is anticipated that the people will be able to save their money with the micro-credit association which are locally referred to as SACCOs. The SACCO will manage people’s savings, shares and funds (money) obtained from any where like a donor so that they can give credits to the people at affordable interest (usually 10 -15%). The people will borrow this money and invest into their small income generating projects. On repayment, other people will also get a chance of accessing loans.
It is my sincere hope that the people who have been supporting Nakyerongosa village while working on water and sanitation activities will likewise provide us with more support. I call upon you to assist Nakyerongosa as we strive to increase household incomes.