Access to clean water and sanitation is fundamental to sustainable development. To this note, Caritas MADDO provides services that contribute to improving access to potable water and sanitation in communities through construction of hand dug shallow wells and construction of ferro-cement tanks for institutions and individual households.
Caritas MADDO has taken a lead in conducting community meetings for hygiene and sanitation and are well attended by community members who have in turn maintained their courtyards and general households clean, properly use their toilet facilities and have put in place hand washing facilities after toilet (Tippy taps) in place.
One of the major challenges to increasing access to water and good sanitation is the lack of reliable hand pump spare parts in the districts. This greatly affects the ability of communities to meet minor repairs leading to poor functioning of these water sources.
Caritas MADDO Assists a Model Farmer’s Access Safe Water (Success story)
Mrs Jane Tumusiime is a proud recipient of a donation for a 6,000 litre ferro-cement tank from Caritas MADDO [water department]. Jane is a model progressive farmer in Mitondo village, Kalisizo sub-county in Rakai district. On her 1.5 acre farm, Jane who is a sustainable agriculture practitioner grows assorted vegetables, fruits, matooke and zero grazes an heifer, goats and chicken,
Over the last six years Jane’s farm has become a village centre for promotion of sustainable agriculture theories and practice. Many NGOs [including MADDO] and local government institution involved in promotion of the practice have had other farmers make exposure visits to Jane’s farm to learn how effectively / appropriately one can manage a farm.
As Jane’s farming enterprise continued to grow, domestic water demand increased substantially up to 150 litres per day [for both home use and watering the livestock], to meet this demand like all the 15 neighbouring households Jane’s family was collecting this water from a un protected well which is 2.5 km away down the valley.
The time spent and the drudgery of collecting water from such a distant point source had affected the farm activities. In the spirit of partnership Caritas MADDO decided to assist Jane with a 6,000 litre ferro-cement tank. Funding for this was secured through the friendship of Mrs Helma Endl, an old German friend of Masaka Diocese who had also ever visited Jane’s impressive farm]. The tank was constructed by the Caritas MADDO technicians.