18 Jan Taking the MedWater model to Uganda
Lynn Smith and Deborah
This week, MedWater will expand it’s work to Africa, with the development of a collaboration with Katosi Women Development Trust in Uganda. This collaboration will help strengthen the capacity of KWDT women to create access to safe drinking water for local families and schools.
KWDT is a unique organization. Founded in the mid 1990’s, a small group of women living in the rural fishing village of Katosi, came together to explore the potential of a fishing cooperative to secure financial access for women. Over the years, the organization has grown from one group of 15 women, to over 450 women across 18 groups within the sub county. The organization has since expanded it’s mission and now provides support for economic development activities through agriculture as well as water and sanitation programming.
MedWater’s collaboration with KWDT will add another tool to the kit of resources creating access to safe water for KWDT communities.
During the first trip, MedWater will train KWDT women how to use the chlorine gas generator at the newly constructed community center. KWDT women will then take an additional unit and install it at an orphanage in the nearby city of Mukono. One model that the the KWDT water treatment team may choose to try is to take the water treatment unit from KWDT household to household as well as from school to school to treat water in neighboring KWDT communities. The addition of future units would expand the capacity of this operation, increasing access to safe water for KWDT women and communities.
KWDT has a strong history of successfully empowering women to meet their own development needs. MedWater looks forward to collaborating with this organization as a model of sustainable water and sanitation programming.
Deborah Payne, MPH, Director of Health Education, MedWater