January 8, 2015
Children collect water during the pump test for the GF&H orphanage borehole, the fist Give A Drop project.
Thanks to a generous contribution from Jewel’s Project Clean Water at the end of December 2014, Voss Foundation has funded the remainder of the water and sanitation project for Good Future and Hope’s primary school in Nakisunga, Uganda through Voss Foundation’s Give A Drop campaign. As part of the project, GF&H will drill a borehole connected to a solar-powered pump, construct the school’s sanitation facilities, and complete the interior plumbing for the kitchen. They will also conduct a training on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and proper usage for the students and staff. The project, in conjunction with projects funded by Lene Maria for Rent Vann and Kim and Tenny Field, ensures that the GF&H primary school will have access to clean water and safe, functional sanitation facilities when the school opens for the 2015 school year.
Construction of the new school, brick by handmade brick. Photograph courtesy of Alison Wright.
The primary school WASH project is the eighth project funded by Give A Drop (GAD), Voss Foundation’s partnership with Jewel’s Project Clean Water and Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite to address the worldwide water problem, and GAD’s second project with GF&H. Give A Drop supports water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, implemented by Voss Foundation and our on-the-ground partners. In addition to the recent projects in Uganda, Give A Drop has funded projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, and Mali.
Not all schools have a water supply or sanitation facilities on premise. However, access to clean water, proper sanitation, and hygiene has a ripple effect on education, health, and gender equity. Globally, the World Health Organization 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.
Water and sanitation facilities will enable GF&H to attract and maintain high-quality teachers and students. In addition, with clean water on-premise, there will be no need for the students to travel to collect water, allowing them spend more time learning each day, and minimizing the number of sick days. Finally, the construction team includes 19 members of the local community, which contributes to overall the economic development of the area.
To read the complete project description and see the budget, click the report cover. Voss Foundation will provide updates as the project progresses.