#womenmakingwaves — Government Investment in Eastern Uganda

Interlocking Stabilized Soil Brick tank at school serving girl boarders.


Florence Aditi of Orphans and Widows Association of Development (OWAD), graduate of GWWIs Women’s Water Leadership Academy, has been offered a government contract to build rainwater harvesting systems and tanks for schools all around the District of Amuria! We at the Global Women’s Water Initiative are extremely proud since one of our primary goals is to support the graduates to be able to earn income for WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) services they can offer their community. They applied to the GWWI because they knew that securing water and sanitation would greatly benefit their members as well as their communities.

OWAD promotes rural women’s empowerment, alleviates poverty, and eliminates homelessness among widows. With a membership of 2,000, OWAD provides housing for rural women and young mothers among other legal services. After attending the GWWI training, they were able to add water and sanitation solutions to their roster of services for widows and orphans and the community at large.

When Florence returned home from the GWWI training she took quick action. They showed 20 women’s groups how to clean water and cook with the sun using the Solar CooKit, a solar oven made from recycled cardboard boxes and reflective material.

She and her cohort from 3 countries in Africa also learned to test their water using the Portable Microbiology Lab, some discovering that 4 out of their 6 water sources they were using were contaminated. People were so shocked with the results and took immediate action. Florence was able to support the widows by helping them raise money in the local community to protect one of their springs from further contamination.

But the most exciting news is that some of the trainees learned to build rainwater harvesting systems and have since built 3 tanks benefiting the Amuria primary school. Women learned to make interlocking bricks using the ISSB machine and then used the bricks to build the tank. Even young girls at the Amuria school helped make the bricks!

ISSB or Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks are bricks made out of clay earth, sand and a little cement and water. They create a much more stable foundation since the blocks are interlocking and there is a major cost savings because it uses less cement for bonding, is more durable and requires less repair and the machine can produce hundreds of bricks per day requiring no electricity — just sheer muscle power.

GWWI gave OWAD an ISSB brick making machine so they can double their impact. They are not only building more tanks in their communities, but also constructing traditional roundhouses for their beneficiaries — the widows and orphans.

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