INTEGRATED COMMUNITY MANAGED WATER, HYGIENE AND SANITATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
COMASA has been working with Nakyerongosa community to increase access among the people to safe water, latrines and good hygiene practices. Some success has been achieved and there has been increased awareness among the people of the need for good hygiene practices and a reduction in the incidences of diseases associated with drinking unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene practices. A lot has been done and we are very grateful to all the partners that have continued to give us advice and support.
Although a lot is being done for individual households especially for the elderly, disabled and HIV/AIDS affected households, we have also added a component on general community projects. However, we do hope to begin a project to improve sanitation for the community through a micro-credit/revolving fund for the women. We are trying to get ideas on how to implement the project and have asked for support from the Wordschool.
Focus on the community projects has become necessary due to most of the water sources being open, sharing of water with animals and water sources being contaminated with dirt like runoff water. The water in most instances is brown in color and not good for consumption. Community members complain that it makes their white clothes dirty.
As a result, ten (10) water sources have been protected, four (4)hand dug wells have been constructed and one (1) 2000 litre capacity storage tank has been constructed at a school. In addition, four (4)pump attendants have been trained to ensure that water continues to flow long into the future.