In addition to operating two primary schools and a secondary vocational school, Nyaka operates two public libraries, a farm, two medical clinics, and gravity-fed clean water systems for the community. Support is also highly focused on the 10,000 grandmothers who care for an estimated 60,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Southwest Uganda. In 2018, Nyaka merged with EDJA Foundation, which provides support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence in the community.
Nyaka Vocational Secondary School (NVSS) currently educates 185 students. This includes 157 students in grades Senior 1 through Senior 4 and 28 students in vocational programs. NVSS is a boarding school located in Kambuga Town Council, Kanungu District-Uganda. NVSS is responsible for providing water to more than 200 students, staff, and teachers year-round. This includes cooking, cleaning, drinking, sanitation, and hygiene. The school receives water through a variety of sources, many of which are unreliable or not easily accessible.
Unfortunately, the boys’ dormitory still does not have water harvesting tanks to provide clean water. This leaves them vulnerable to many of the same obstacles that girls at NVSS were facing. Because of the tremendous success of the project at the girls’ dormitory, Nyaka is proposing to install two additional 10,000-liter water tanks to be placed at the NVSS boys’ dormitory. These tanks will ensure that the 78 male students attending NVSS will have access to safe and sanitary drinking water as well as the many students who will attend NVSS in the future. Just like their female counterparts, boys will be able to spend more time on their studies and reduce their risk of injury, assault and illness.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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