The inadequate lack of places of “convinience” is the root cause of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, typhoid, high infections among girls and women.
In the bid to adress the situation, on Friday, April 9, the Rotary Club of Acacia Sunset launched their Sanitary project by constructing a modern pit latrine for Iwemba Primary School in Bugiri District.
The project was started by their immediate past president Ann Muhangi who passed on last year.
The dilapidated facility before construction by the Rotary club of Acacia Sunset( Photo/ Abraham Mutalyebwa)
According to the Headmistress of Iwemba Primary School Nabirye Monica, over 800 pupils have been used to lining up to access the dipilated facilities that were detrimental to their lives.
“We are grateful to the Rotary club of Acacia Sunset to come here. The deep love you have for us at Iwemba Primary school is overwheming. I thank the Lord for the journey mercies and what you are doing to touch the lives of others is wisdom and God given. I remember when the kids could line up to go to the latrines, and for sure I pray to God to extend your lives and see your grand children while healthy for this great gesture” Said Nabirye Monica.
She also asked the club to support tackle the challenge of accommodation for their teachers since most of them come from far, noting that they need labour, cement among others since they have the bricks, stones and the sand.
Mrs. Claire Amanya Kakeeto, the president Rotary Club of Acacia Sunset thanked God for having kept them alive and believed that it is all possible since they have assigments to do.
She also noted that they decided to do projects outside the city so that the rest can know about their club.
“We are volunteers and the little we have is as a result of coming together along side our partners and working as a team we can do more. I am glad that the school is very clean. We focus on basic education and literacy. If you study hard you can make it since education is the key to success and it is the reason we made it in life” Said President Claire.
She advised the pupils to always keep in school and wait patiently to do the rest after they have finished studies.
Mr. David Sempala, the President Elect for Rotary Club of Acacia Sunset explained that the project was meant to end last year but because of COVID – 19 and the passing away their immediate president Anne Muhangi it wasn’t possible.
He also he pointed out that the project has a section of girls, boys and the disabled who are maginalised and all inclusive.
The school has a population of 846 pupils comprising of 415 boys and 431 girls.
Stastically, there is an increase in population in the country with limited or no access to toliet or latrine facilities as per research conducted by WASH USAID Project.
It is not only Bugiri with such but other districts that include; Buikwe, Mubende, Buyende, Kibaale, Kabarole, Kiboga, Yumbe, Kasese among others are in a worser state.