Director’s Message: Christmas 2013

Director’s Message: Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

2013 has been a landmark year for the Trust. At last we have been able to carry out a comprehensive survey of all our 2,300 water sources constructed since 1984. This has enabled us to build a complete and up to date database, and so move forward in a ground breaking rehabilitation programme to achieve both 100% functionality of all B.T. water sources and higher levels of hygiene and sanitation in their communities. We have partnered with a non-profit company called Whave, who are monitoring and auditing our work, to ensure access to clean water, for each home, is in a hygienic environment. Whave are also incentivising a specially trained cadre of Water Service Providers (WSPs) who will achieve a living wage by ensuring continuing functionality and hygiene for all their communities. The funding for this will come from carbon and water credits. Once embarked on this programme we then realised we could not ignore those communities whose failed water sources were provided by other NGOs, long since departed, or by the government. There are many thousand such failed wells in Uganda with no prospect of rehabilitation. So, in a leap of faith, B.T. decided to include ALL failed sources in the programme. We simply believe that the time has come to ensure that the poorest people in the world have the same access to life giving, clean water that the rest of us enjoy. Currently, across Africa, levels of functioning wells are often less than 70%. We hope this programme will challenge the unacceptable status quo and show that the world can and must do better.

We are very grateful for our enthusiastic and dedicated staff in Uganda. Being with them is always a tonic, as is the privilege of visiting the communities they serve. Happily, through their efforts, B.T. has been nominated ‘Best NGO in Uganda 2013’.

The Busoga Trust has continued to support the magnificent micro-credit for sanitation scheme in Bugembe, further improved our monitoring and evaluation arm and expanded the reach our core programmes. If 2012 was a year of consolidation then 2013 has been one of expansion and a truly exciting time for all involved. This is largely thanks to you, our wonderful supporters. Some truly wonderful, innovative and magical fundraising drives have helped push our programmes to new heights in the past year.

From all at the Busoga Trust we would like to take this time to wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year. May 2014 continue to shine as brightly as this year past.

Andrew Pearson