Nateete Water Project

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Summary
Introduction
Location
Purpose
Specific objectives
Beneficiaries
Problem statement
Justification
Implementation
Activities
Work plan
Monitoring
Evaluation
Budget
Credibility

Summary

Nateete Water Project is to help the Nateete Community of Church Zone to overcome water shortages thorough rehabilitating the existing spring and harvesting rainwater. The project will benefit three schools and the surrounding community of 4,000 residents. It is intended that the schools will harvest the water and the community will be sensitized about water harvesting, causes of water contamination, the effects and solutions. The implementation will be carried out in phases that will cost Ug. shs.75.100.000/= equivalent to US$44.176 at an exchange rate of Ug. Shs.1.700 for @ US dollar. To ensure effective ultilisation of the funds, the project will be supervised by the Rotary Club with effective summative evaluation while the formative evaluation will be carried out by the school managements and Board of Governors and local council leaders.

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Introduction

Poorly managed garbage

Poorly managed
garbage

Water is the resource that covers almost three-quarters of the planet and upon which all life depends. Water sources have been the centers of life, providing habitat and sustenance for animals and plants alike. Water is an innevitable resource. In 2007, an environment audit was carried out by Mackay Memorial College Nateete and it was found out that water from the buildings causes serious soil erosion. There was also environmental degradation and pollution of spring water. It was agreed that water harvesting was the answer.

Therefore, Nateete water project is to rehabilitate and protect the existing spring, harvest rainwater in the schools that are supplied by the spring and train the surrounding community members in water harvesting and management. The Rotary Club of Nateete is a newly chartered club that is committed to fulfilling the rotary object and bring services to the needy communities.

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Location

Nateete water project is located in one of the Kampala suburbs six miles from the city in Church zone, Nateete.

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Purpose

The purpose is to provide affordable clean water to the Church zone residents and schools.

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Specific objectives

Contaminated spring

Contaminated spring
constructed by
Alexander Mackay
in 1879

These include:-

  1. rehabilitation and protection of the existing spring
  2. harvesting rain
  3. reduction of soil erosion
  4. training of residents on causes of polluted water and its hazards
  5. overcome water shortages
  6. sensitize the community on water contamination, its effects and solutions.
  7. train the community members on the need to harvest and treat rain water.

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Beneficiaries

The major beneficiaries of this project are the schools, low income earners and residents of all ages. The said schools are:

  1. Nateete Junior School - 500 pupils
  2. Mackay Memorial Primary School - 900 pupils
  3. Mackay Memorial College Nateete - 800 pupils and students

The community has a population of 4,000 residents of whom about 60% are low income earners and can not afford the hiking water bills of clean water from the National Water and Sewerage Co-operation.

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Problem statement

Poorly managed garbage

Poorly managed garbage

Nateete Church zone is an over populated area with mainly low income earners. And it qualifies as an urban poor community. Most of the residents can not afford safe clean water and in the right quantities because they depend on daily purchase and quite often have suffered from water borne diseases especially during the rainy season. In 2006 and 2007, Nateete was recorded to be the most affected area by Cholera in Rubaga Division. The alternative sources of water are the swamps which have been polluted by effects of poor sanitation, poor garbage management and microbial from sewage often resulting into infections that affect equatic life and terrestrial life through drinking water. Microbial water pollution is a major problem with diseases such as cholera and typhoid fever being the primary cause of infant mortality. The other alternative is a spring which was constructed way back in 1879 by Alexander Mackay and has occasionally been reconstructed and the last rehabilitation was in 1995.

However, this spring has been polluted and therefore, a danger to the users. The children too have taken advantage to make use of it during the hot sun for cooling themselves. And the older people who walk long distances to fetch water do their laundry right at the spring causing soapy water to pollute the spring. As for Mackay Memorial College Nateete, there is only one standing water pipe to serve 800 people so is the primary school. But the schools with a population of 800 and 900 respectively, draw water from this only spring during scarcity of water.

Currently, the country has not escaped the global water shortage due to factors that include water levels of rivers and lakes dropping. These have led to water cuts and irregularity which incredibly cause heavy traffic at the spring. The poor garbage management has blocked the channels of water, polluted the swamps and spring causing cholera. The misuse of the spring by children and other users coupled with over population during scarcity of enough water can be overcome if this project is implemented.

Uganda being a tropical country, receives heavy rains and each of the roof becomes a channel for this water to flow down with force and re-enforced by the sloppy nature of the area thus eroding the good top soil. This water too carries the garbage to the swamps.

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Justification

Effects of erosion

Effects of erosion

Water is life and clean water is a must for everybody. The polluted water is a health hazard and causes loss of life and economically undermines the community from economic development. Crowding at one spring by over 3,000 people encroaches on people’s time, and encourages idleness thus causing unproductivity. Water levels going down thus global warming has been contributed to by human activity which can in this context be overcome. The fact that the majority of the population are low income earners, harvesting of rain water will cut down expenses on water and enable them to spend on other basic needs. If harvesting of water is implemented, then the erosion and pollution will be reduced. This project will also act as an eye opener to the people to protect the environment and to overcome water shortages and increase on household income by getting rid of daily expenditure on water.

In the National Budget for 2007 – 2008, water harvesting was emphasized and so if this project is implemented, it will influence the implementation in other parts of the country.

Besides, provision of clean water to needy communities is one of the current projects for Rotary International.

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Implementation

The implementation of Nateete water project will be carried out in phases and will involve the beneficiaries. Water harvesting will be done on every building on the school’s premises.

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Activities

The project to be implemented will commence using both the available facilities and some that will need to be acquired.

  1. Spring; the spring available is the one to be rehabilitated by:
    • Protecting water from contamination through constructing a channel to direct the eroded water and objects.
    • Request city council to help remove the heaps of garbage in the vicinity of the spring.
    • Introduce another tap so that people do not congest at one point.
    • Introduce space for washing and train the community on garbage management and the health hazards of contaminated water.
  2. Water Harvesting; under this phase:
    • Water will be first harvested from all buildings in the three schools.
    • Construct 10 (ten) underground tanks for the harvested water.
      Five tanks at Mackay Memorial College Nateete, three at Mackay Memorial Primary School and two at Nateete Junior School.
    • Plumbing; aware that rainwater is contaminated in the atmosphere by nitrates and some particles thus making it acidic, this water will be treated. There are also organisms and bacteria caused by dust on the roof. The drinking water will be specifically boiled and treated with care.
    • Sensitize the management of the neighbouring schools about rainwater harvesting and the advantages.
    • Sensitize the community on;
      1. advantages of water harvesting which include social and economic advantages.
      2. causes of contaminated water.
      3. the health hazards of contaminated water.
      4. the solutions to contaminated water.

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Work plan

Activity
Period
Implementation by
Supervision

Phase 1

Rehabilitation of the spring
Three months
Technical personnel
School Management
Clearance of garbage and sensitization of community on garbage management
One month
City Council Health Personnel
Rotary Club of Nateete

Phase 2 Water harvesting in three schools.

Construction of 10 under ground tanks of 2000 – 3000 litres capacity each.
10 – 12 month

Technical personnel
School Management

Rotary Club of Nateete
Plumbing
Two weeks

Phase 3

Sensitisation/training on water harvesting. This will be carried out in Clusters.
Three months
  • Rotary Club of Nateete
  • Mackay Mem. College Nateete
  • Interactors and community leaders
  • Rotary Club of Nateete
  • School Managements and Board of Governors
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Monitoring

The work of monitoring will be carried out by different people as below:

  1. The implementation of the activities will be carried out by the school managements.
  2. The school Boards and Management Committees will monitor the schedule of activities.
  3. Rotary Club of Nateete will periodically monitor the progress and proper utilisation of funds.
  4. Health personnel officials from the City Council will be consulted on safety of the spring water as before.
  5. Village council members/leaders will monitor the garbage disposal.

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Evaluation

Formative evaluation will be carried out by;

  1. school management committees
  2. Rotary Department of projects

Summative evaluation will be carried out for impact assessment and proper ultilisation of the funds by;
  1. Rotary Club of Nateete
  2. the Co-funding Rotary Club

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Budget

No.ActivityCostTotal CostTotal Cost USA $
01Rehabilitation of spring water1,200,000/=1,200,000/=600
02Removal of garbage500,000/=500,000/=250
03Insunerator3,000,000/=3,000,000/=1,500
04Construction of underground tanks and plumbing7,000,000 x 1070,000,000/=35,500
05Training/Sensitisation400,000/=400,000/=200
Total75,100,000/=37,500

Equivalent to US $37,500 at an exchange rate of Ug. shs.2,000 @ US dollar.

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Credibility

The Nateete Water Project is to be carried out effectively by involving all Stakeholders from the initial stages. Some of the activities for example have been carried out by one of the benefiting institutions. And two of the Institutions; Mackay Memorial College Nateete and Nateete Junior School are headed by Rotarians who subscribe to the four ways and object of the Rotary. The leaders of the schools are trained, competent and have experience in handling funds from donors. Besides, the leadership of the Rotary Club of Nateete has already displayed high ethical standards of handling funds through the recent fundraising drives. Therefore, Nateete water project is an answer.

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