JINJA DISTRICT ACTIVITY REPORT JULY -AUGUST 2021

Our Ref: AWASO/203/09/021                                                               Date: 10th September 2021

 

JINJA DISTRICT ACTIVITY REPORT JULY -AUGUST 2021

The organization had a number of interventions in Jinja district, these include:-

  1. Latrine floor Improvement
  2. Solid Waste Management
  3. Fecal Sludge Management

ACHIEVEMENT

  1. Latrine Floor improvement with Sato products and washable slabs

 

  • We have improved one latrine floor, installed 3 Sato’s at household level hence controlling bad smell, flies and enabling easy cleaning.

 

  • We carried our community awareness for latrine floor improvement in Walukuba and Butagaya Subounty

                                             

  1. Solid Waste Management

With support from Jinja City Council, we have sustained collection of solid waste and mobilized more people into the program. Currently, our areas of operation are;

  1. Walukuba West
  2. Factory Village
  3. Danida
  4. Masese
  5. Bugembe (Budhumbuli)
  6. Mafubira trading Center
  7. Kayunga Village
  8. Butiki Village
  9. Kaitabawala Village
  10. Sakabusolo Village
  11. Wakitaka Village
  12. Kyamagwa Village

Results

  • Improved sanitation in the communities since we clear illegal dumping areas through organizing cleanup days and Installing No dumping signposts.
  • The Solid waste management program has attracted job opportunities for the youth.
  • Disease reduction as a result of garbage packaging at household visa-vie scattering and heaping it
  • Program acceptance. There is improved positivity in the mindset of people in regard to the program observed through their commitment to pay garbage collection fees, waiting for the garbage truck on appointed days and advising their fellows to be part of the program.

 

Challenges.

  • High cost of operations due to increased fuel costs yet garbage charges remains fixed
  • Some customers don’t want to pay because they think it’s a government responsibility
  • Due to Covid-19 lockdown, many businesses closed and customers are overwhelmed with arrears.
  • Poor road network to dumping areas hence Truck break down and delays.
  • Lack of enforcement to restrain defaulters
  • Some people stealthily dispose waste in illegal dumping areas that we had previously cleared.

 

  1. Fecal Sludge Management

 

  1. With the continued Support from USHA, the organization emptied 23 sanitation facilities as shown below in Jinja district/City period July-August 2021 and increased awareness for fecal sludge emptying services.
Client type Household Health facilities Hotels Total
Total number 26 1 (Aids Information Center) 1(Wanyama) 28
Number of barrels 245 25 17 287

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Jinja Waste Treatment Plant

 

AWASO in partnership with USHA has secured funding to improve NWSC treatment plant to accommodate feacal sludge, a concept note has been shared and agreed upon

Result

  • Reusable Latrine after emptying
  • Safe fecal disposal
  • Reduction of open defecation
  • Reduced NTDs transmission especially Trachoma and Bilharzia
  • Employment opportunities

 

CHALLENGES

  • Inadequate disposal site to handle well feacal sludge
  • Lack of enforcement by local council and Health inspectorate
  • Increased manual empting
  • Lack of sanitation prioritization by communities
  • Effect of Covid-19 lockdown

 

 

 

PLAN FOR 1ST QUARTER 2021/2022

 

  • Signing of MoU Between NWSC,USHA &Alliance Water Solutions
  • Develop project design and construction of Jinja treatment plant to accommodate feacal sludge
  • Promotion of improved latrine floor and construction of emptyable latrines through market based approach
  • Continued support in waste management
  • Identification of non-functional water facilities (Boreholes) in Jinja district

 

 

Thank You

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GULPER IN EMPTYING BUSINESS

When one hears the word gulper, questions may start roaming up in his mind. In the business world today, pit latrine emptying has come up. It is really paying because there is great rise in population and so there is great need. Different people and organizations have come up with various methods to deal with feacal sludge for instance chemicals that are commonly used now days. Hear arises the question “are those chemicals efficient enough” my opinion is no because of the research that there is negative effect they cause to the longevity of the latrine. The latrine can easily get damaged.

Due to that research, here comes the “gulper”, the long awaited solution to faecal matter.it is one of the easiest methods used to empty lined pit and latrines in particular.

It is along PVC stainless steel hand pump that is used to collect feacial matter from the latrine. It is one of the methods that contributes positively in feacal sludge management (FSM).It’s manually used thus not automatically driven one has to fix it directly into the pit latrine and starts pumping as the sludge or feacal matter runs through the pump to the barrel for disposal. It’s very efficient because it has the potential to scoop the sludge to the satisfaction of the client.

The gulper doesn’t interfere with the environment. This is so because it does not have any pollution effect. Since it is hand driven, cases of accident in latrines are eliminated.one is safe and above all one enjoys doing his work. I acknowledge it and thus is also important for people to start welcoming it’s use. If people revise the effects of chemicals used in latrines, they should “think twice”. Life is precious, we should stop using chemicals. “We thank Water For People for gulper donation to Alliance Water Solutions”.

LET’S EMBRACE THE GULPER

Photo Gallery (Gulper 3 model donated to Alliance Water Solutions from Water For People)

 

 

 

 

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“TRADITIONAL PIT-LATRINE”

Pit-latrine construction in Uganda remains a stressful challenge to households. In most cases it is not considered as a priority. In other instance, where governments intervene to enforce with a strong stand on pit-latrine construction, cultural beliefs have taken an upper hand forcing the structures to been abandoned for open bush defecation and urination hence increased diseases

Let’s draw our focus on what a traditional pit-latrine is in our communities, describing it from top to bottom. The roof is thatched with elephant grass, reeds or shanty tin roofs. Normally when the thatch is washed away either by rain or wind it’s never replaced. It will turn into an “open roof”. There are implications here; it becomes both seasonal and optional to use during the rainy season. The floor becomes muddy as a result of the direct downpour. Dignity, privacy and selfesteem are denied to both male and female

The structure is commonly made of mud and wattle. In most cases the wall is not more than three feet. This implies that the tall user has to “bend over”. Its highly rare to find any form of ventilation like a window. Over time due to wear and tear, particles of mud fall off leaving gaps in the structure. The same denials as above are triggered off.. The door of late is a polythene bag and the biggest challenge of this “door “is its highly susceptible to wind and the associated effects when in use.

The floor is unimproved, no slab. Pieces of timber are laid out to form the foundation upon which mud is covered. The pit-hole is normally denied a cover. This floor structure has often collapsed over time either due to wear and tear, rotting or eaten away by termites. This forces the user to seek solace elsewhere, which is Open defecation.

Finally, the pit is often very shallow, filling up is rapid, it’s a disgusting and horrible to use. Maggots and coachroches have a “free visa “out of the pit. Disinfection is rarely done. Since these pits are not lined, emptying is next to impossible. Once full its condemned and abandoned. This is a traditional pit-latrine. What’s your view?

Henry Lyadda                                                                                                                       

Program Administrator   

Latrine pictorial     

       

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WATER LOGGED LATRINES

Mwaidhuma Abdul is a resident of Wanyange Lake landing site found in Jinja district, he resorted to open defecation as a result a water logged area

He said thatI got fade up of constructing new latrines because each time it rains heavily, the feaces from the latrine come out and flood the whole compound and community. During our discussion, I managed to check on his latrine that almost collapsed due to the flooded area and this gave him and his family difficult time to and fro the latrine whenever nature calls

He narrated to us the challenges associated with water logged latrines

  • They are not easy to construct because of the high water table
  • They are too expensive to construct
  • The latrines frequently get filled up with water and at times spills in the compound and neighbored
  • Not conducive to use on rainy days
  • They smell badly
  • Emptying becomes a problem and expensive

As a result of the above, the family resorted to open defecation and going to neighborhood. In preparation for this year’s 2018 world toilet day celebration in Buwenge Town council, Let us work together to fight open defecation and urination in our communities.

Using appropriate technologies in such places will be prudent.  Alliance Water Solutions is available to offer support

I wish you a good World Toilet Day celebrations,“When nature calls, we listen and act”

NAMUNANA APOPHIA

SANITATION PROMOTER

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