Mebbo Okweny, Ferro Water Cistern for Kadakolene Primary School

Community members collect water from what appears to be an unsafe source.

According to the World Health Organization, the second leading cause of death in children under five years is attributed to dehydration, a cause that is both preventable and treatable. Dehydration, caused by diarrheal disease can be prevented through safe drinking water and adequate sanitation and hygiene. For infant children in Pallisa district, eastern Uganda, many suffer from typhoid, diarrhea, cholera and skin infections, all of which inflict pain and unfortunately for some, death. This is credited to the consumption of dirty water. Mebbo Okweny has established the Ferro Water Cistern for Kadakolene Primary School project to address this concern.

Many of the school-aged children at Kadakolene find their classrooms under mango trees, leaving little to no access to water. Furthermore, the community is not naturally endowed with spring wells nor bore holes. This project is aimed at securing clean water for pupils by establishing rainwater harvesters at the schools. Mebbo is the leader of Women Protection Society, a group founded to improve the standard of living utilizing natural resources. With this project, the grassroots organization is helping to provide clean water, increase safe water accessibility, ensure girl child safety by decreasing collection time and promote child health.

Mebbo recognizes the importance of sustainability and has designed functional groups that will acquire the tangible skills needed to construct a tank alongside being trained in proper maintenance. A seed grant will allow for all of the high quality materials to be purchased, allowing clean and clear water to serve the Pallisa community for years to come.

EAST AFRICA HUB GRANT 2015