Director’s Annual Report – 2014
2014 was a year of excellent progress. Our main achievements were:-
- 74 New Community Water Sources (including 26 re-sited wells)
- 106 Rehabilitated Community Water Sources
- 46 Domestic Rainwater Tanks for individual homes (including the new EMAS tanks, partially underground)
Which means that over 90,000 people obtained access to a functioning water source with sufficient, good quality water.
In addition, as part of our regular programme’s emphasis on hygiene and sanitation:-
- 180 Communities engaged in ‘Community Led Total Sanitation’ (CLTS) campaigns. This means that at least 1800 ‘model homes’ were constructed, as well as at least 2000 more domestic latrines. In addition each home is encouraged to build washing facilities, rubbish pits, ventilated kitchens, energy saving stoves and vegetable gardens. Our staff teach the local people, who then carry out these improvements as part of their contribution, often taking immense pride in their new, clean compounds.
- 180 Water User Committees were elected and trained in their responsibilities for the upkeep and maintenance of their own well (including collection of funds)
- 170 Water sources and their communities were passed fit to be included in the new PBR (Payment by Results) programme. This means they each belong to the estate of a professionally trained WASH Service Provider, who each make a living by ensuring that all their wells are functioning 24/7 and that the standards of hygiene and sanitation of each home are constantly improving. We owe this development to our good partner, Whave.
- All 2375 water sources were surveyed and recorded on our database by April, since when the Outrider team have embarked on phase 2. This involves a much greater level of detail on each source; including water quality, pump analysis, the status of Water User Committees and the levels of hygiene and sanitation within the communities. This further information will assist B.T. plan our progress to 100% functionality.
- The Danish Embassy have suspended giving us the contract extension for training Government officials, because of the Ugandan Government’s stance toward the gay community.
- Global Fund’s 3 Year BT contract has so far produced the following outcomes:-
138 Village Health Trainees for Malaria, T.B and HIV
400 clients tested for HIV from all over Luwero District
23080 homes received Malaria Prevention Nets
- 48 Flush Toilets were constructed for 97 households in the slums of Bugembe and used by 390 This programme, originally funded by UN Habitat, B.T is committed to taking forward. Fortunately there is a revolving loan fund which finances much of the actual construction. Drains, not drugs, prevent disease best, and most cheaply. B.T. is very committed to the ‘W.C.’, the most important room in the home.
- The B.T Guesthouse has had another busy year accommodating visitors and B.T. staff, vehicles and equipment. In August it hosted the annual meeting and party with the visiting Director and Operations Manager.
- For the 11th year B.T. gave long term educational support to the orphaned children of former Trust employees.
- The House of Lords Reception
On 24th of July, a beautiful sunny day, 170 friends and supporters of B.T. gathered for an evening reception on the terrace of the House of Lords. Our Patron, Lord Freeman, most kindly hosted us at this superb venue. It was so good to see so many and to have the chance to thank everyone and hopefully, to offer encouragement for the future.
The Director explained that it is our dream, with our partners Whave, to make one small corner of Africa a model of good, long term development; a place where all the water sources are good and functioning, all of the time, and where standards of hygiene and sanitation are constantly improving. We believe that, having stayed the course in Uganda for 32 years, we are in a wonderful position to achieve this and so to raise the bar for rural water and sanitation across Africa.
Currently there are millions whose wells have failed and whose hopes for a healthy life lie shattered. Often their needs are not being addressed by a complacent international community. The question is not, ‘how many have wells’? It is, ‘how many have wells that work properly’?
90,000 big, big thank yous for all the new health and life you have given all of us who now have clean water and good hygiene and sanitation because of your kindness and generosity this year.