Waiga Primary School

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Wells for Masindi / Jinga Uganda

Latitude 1.83
Longitude 31.79

500 Served

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The report below from our partner in the field gives some great information on the construction of new latrines at Waiga Primary School in Uganda.  This school already has a source of safe, clean water.  The aim of this project is to provide latrines for the school’s use and training in proper sanitation and hygiene.


Located in the most populated sub-county of Masindi District with an enrollment of 822 pupils  of which 452 are boys and 370 girls, Waiga Primary School, a church of Uganda founded school, is one of the many schools in Uganda faced with acute latrine shortages. At the moment both  pupils and teachers share the same dilapidated latrines which poses a threat to the girl child hence one of the leading factors to school drop out. According to the ministry of Education in Uganda, 60% of the pupils enrolled in primary one drop out before completing primary seven in Uganda.

According to Mr. Eddie Rufunda the headmaster of this school, the school management has endeavored to maintain hygiene at this school by electing a school health club and he has also appointed a teacher in-charge of sanitation but the challenges in this school are beyond the school management to handle. These include limited resources and irregular remittances of Universal Primary Education (UPE) capitation grants from the ministry of Education. Mr. Kanaginagi Ateenyi, the district vice chairman and also the District Councillor of Pakanyi sub-county where Waiga primary is located intimated to us that the District has very little funds to finance the needs of the many primary schools in Masindi district.

Sanitation facilities prevent the transmission of diseases as it prevents human faecal contamination of water and soil. The lack of proper sanitation facilities are the cause for a significant proportion of the world’s infectious disease burden. According to the WHO, diseases due to poor water supply, sanitation, and personal and domestic hygiene cause 4.0% of all deaths and 5.7% of all disability or ill health in the world. Moreover, waterborne illnesses predominantly affect the poor and the young. When basic water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions are applied, waterborne illnesses can be effectively reduced (www.who.int).

The Water Trust is going to contribute to the improvement of  sanitation by constructing a five stance lined latrine at this school with fully fledged girls wing to cater for their special needs. This lined latrine, designed to last more than thirty years shall periodically emptied not like the old one at the school which can not as it is an ordinary pit latrine. At the end of the project, the pupil-latrine stance ratio will be reduced and the girl child will have an enabling environment to access sanitation facilities. As we construct this modern  facility, our social team will train this school in sanitation related issues and will also strengthen the sanitation committees through continuous education for purpose of sustainability.

December 9, 2013

Construction works have been commenced and the contractor is on site working. A contract between TWT and the contractor has been signed and all works will take about four weeks.

December 16, 2013

Masonry work progressing well, now walling.

December 18, 2013

Both roofing and plastering concurrently on going . This site will then be left for at least one week to set before paint work is done.

January 6, 2014

Painting works have been  completed and plans for handover of  this sanitation facility to the school management committee will be organized  when the  new school year reopens on February 3,  2014.

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02/06/2014: Waiga Primary School Latrines Complete

We are excited to report that Waiga Primary School has new sanitation facilities for the students and staff.  A new block of latrines, in connection with training on sanitation and hygiene, will play a big part in slowing the spread of disease in the community.  Less disease means more productivity at school.  More productivity at school means more potential unlocked in the lives of these young people.  Take a look, and Thank You for your help.

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Monitoring Data

Project Type:  Rainwater Catchment
Location:  Kyakamese parish, Pakanyi sub-county, Masindi District
ProjectID: 662
Install Date:  02/03/2014

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Water Quality: Meets National Standards


Scott & Tasha Swank
Caryn J. & Paul J. Koenig
The Blanke Foundation
The H. Evan Zeiger, Jr. & Margaret Zeiger Charitable Foundation
Dave and Selma Hangsleben

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Country Details


Population: 27 million
Lacking clean water: 36%
Below poverty line: 37%

Partner Profile

The Water Trust partners with rural communities in Uganda to establish and sustain access to safe water and healthy, clean environments for children to survive infancy and develop to their potential. The Water Trust’s program approach emphasizes community empowerment to enable the community to lead and sustain improvements in water, sanitation, hygiene, and general management of environmental health risks.