Hands of Action Uganda, The School Hygiene and Sanitation Education Initiative
Hands of Action Uganda, a previous grantee of The Pollination Project, is a non-profit dedicated to empowering impoverished rural communities in the Bududa District of Eastern Uganda. Formed in 2006, the organization has made a name for itself by organizing campaigns, providing support to peoples diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, and by providing basic services to vulnerable populations. Now, Hands of Action is taking a stand against the all-but-absent sanitation infrastructure at a local school for orphans and special needs children through The School Hygiene and Sanitation Education Initiative.
Through their new initiative, Hands of Action seeks to address the lack of waste facilities available to students and faculty at the Shikhuyu Needy Primary School by constructing washrooms on the grounds. At present, the institution provides basic education for approximately 450 children, however, the only waste facilities accessible to students are a few dilapidated pit-latrines enclosed by dried foliage, only a few of which have roofs or doors. Not only is there no running water for washing, but these open pits pose a significant health hazard, both to the young students and the surrounding community.
By constructing washrooms for the school, Hands of Action will ensure the health and safety of the entire community, whilst helping to create a healthier educational environment that is more conducive of learning.
Funds provided by The Pollination Project will be used for the construction of washrooms and waste facilities at the Shikhuyu Needy Primary School.
GRANT AWARD DATE: February 21, 2015