Research shows that over 90% of the illnesses in a household start in the stomach and these are caused by either poor sanitation or contaminated drinking water. In January 2015, Kiwoko WASH Project in partnership with Water School Uganda through its outreach program reached out to the community of Kito sub-county in Nakaseke district.
The intitiative was embraced by Local council chairperson, village elders, youth leader, Village Health Team and other political leaders in Lusanja village, Kivumu Parish.
George William Bulega, 55 years old, Village Health Trainer attests that the community has formed village groups each having 15 members to carryout group based hands-on training on how to put up excellent WASH facilities every
Tuesday in the communities. There has emerged a positive attitude change; well improved sanitary facilities in homes, as well as introduction of Solar Water Disinfection in every household. They have also acquired various skills like constructing a standard drying rack and entrepreneurship from the meetings after work.
He attests that; “These groups have augmented our strength through forming farming groups to get more yields in their homes. These concerted efforts have helped prevent hygiene related diseases as well as creating numerous socio-economic benefits accruing from WASH groups to farming group and then saving groups.”