December 4, 2014
Work is well underway on Good Future and Hope’s new primary school in Uganda that will open in February of 2015 and, thanks to the support of Lene Maria for Rent Vann, Voss Foundation will be able to fund a new piece of the water and sanitation infrastructure: the school water system.
Exterior wall construction for one of Good Future and Hope Primary School classrooms.
Good Future and Hope (GF&H), Voss Foundation’s newest implementing partner, broke ground on the foundation for their primary school in August. In October, one of Voss Foundation’s Board members, Robert (Tenny) Field, and his wife launched a fundraising campaign to fund the water and sanitation infrastructure for the student dormitories and teachers’ accommodations for the school. The school water system funded by Lene Maria for Rent Vann will cover construction of a water tower for the classrooms and facilities, networking the water source to the water tower, laying the pipeline from the water tower to the classrooms and facilities, and construction of a septic tank and soak pit for the school’s sanitation facilities. The project is our third project with GF&H.
Once complete, the school water system will have incalculable benefits for education, health, and gender equity. Globally, the WHO estimates that investment in clean water yields an additional 272 million school attendance days per year by reducing the amount of time school-age children spend collecting water and are absent due to illness. Access to sanitation facilities at schools also has a positive impact on female attendance and retention, reducing the number of school-age girls who either skip school during menstruation or drop out entirely because of lack of sanitation and hygiene facilities.
The school WASH system is essential for both the construction and the future operation of the GF&H School. Currently, water has to be transported to the site because there isn’t a water supply near the location chosen to build the school. The school water system will provide water, the first raw material in construction, on-site during the remainder of the construction phase. The project will also ensure students and staff have access to water and sanitation facilities once the school opens. Having running water, sinks, and flush toilets, something that not all schools have, will enable GF&H to attract and maintain students and high-quality teachers. In addition, with clean water on-premise, there will be no need for the students to travel to collect clean water when not in school, allowing them spend more time on chores, homework, or play. The water and sanitation infrastructure will also help minimize the number of sick days.
Lene Maria for Rent Vann, (Lene Maria for Clean Water), is a global grassroots initiative to honor the memory of Lene Maria Bergum, who was killed in the shooting attack on Utøya, Norway in July 2011. Her family chose to build a water project in Sub-Saharan Africa with Voss Foundation in Lene Maria’s name. They felt this was the way she would want to be remembered. The school water system for GF&H is the sixth Lene Maria for Rent Vann project with Voss Foundation. The campaign has also funded 4 sanitation facilities and 17 water access points in 9 communities in Kenya and Liberia, as of November 2014.
We are grateful to the Bergum family and all the Lene Maria for Rent Vann supporters, and look forward to providing everyone with updates as the project progresses.
To read the complete project description and see the budget, click the report cover image.