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Access to Clean Water Changes Lives

We construct 4,000 litre water harvesting tanks at the homes of the elderly, disabled and AID's affected families. They have a big impact on quality of life, providing easily accessible,clean water and improving health and hygiene. Every year we aim to construct another 10 tanks in the district.

February 2017 - June 2017

Charity information: Edirisa UK

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  • Need


    Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill many people every year. It is mainly women and young girls who are responsible for walking to collect water for their families. Reduced journeys for water has a positive impact on schooling as children can spend more time in the classroom and for women more time to earn money. The area we work in is very hilly, houses scattered on hillsides and the water deep in the valleys. This is a real problem for the elderly and disabled.


    Water harvesting is a basic, but functional, system of roof top rainwater harvesting – a tank and pipes to collect rain water from roof gutters, which provides clean water that is easily accessible, helping to improve health and hygiene. Rainwater is plentiful in the area and household tanks store enough water to last through the dry season giving water for drinking, cooking, washing clothes and bathing.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To construct ten 4,000 litre water tanks for the elderly, disabled and AIDs affected families


    » Identify 10 households in the area most in need - with an average round trip of 2 km to get their water. Sometimes 2 households can share a tank.
    » Explain to the beneficiaries how they can contribute towards the tanks by providing aggregates for the foundations and food for the workers.
    » Construct the tanks and give training in hygiene, sanitation and maintenance to the recipients of the tanks.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the completion of the water tanks.

  • Impact


    The impact of a household water tank is enormous. Clean water improves health, no more time spent walking for water therefore more time for other activities, helps prevent girls getting molested on their journey for water, gives children more time in school, reduces infant mortality - 90% of deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are in children under five years old. For recipients it is life changing!


    The risk is not raising enough money! We work in partnership with the Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Department who project manage the construction so we are well supported with our water projects.


    We keep detailed expenditure reports which are available to donors. All of our projects are on our website and we report regularly on our blog, facebook and twitter about the progress of our projects and our activities in Uganda.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,500 Materials Bricks, cement, chicken mesh, sand etc
      £1,000 Labour Labour costs
      £500 Transport Transport of materials to site
  • Background


    The area we work in is very hilly with houses scattered on the hillsides and the water deep in the valleys. The area is fairly isolated and 10km from the nearest town, Kabale. To get water is on average a round trip of 2 km. The situation is worsened by the water sources from which they fetch the water; it is from a swamp. There is only one protected spring whose water yield is too low that there is usually a long queue for those fetching water.


    The main beneficiaries will be the elderly, disabled and AID's affected families but neighbours can also benefit by sharing the tank when water is plentiful.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the last 10 years we have installed over 100 household water tanks and constructed large 25,000 litre water tanks at our 4 partner schools and a 30,000 litre tank at our clinic, plus latrines and showers at our various projects. We work in partnership with the Kigezi Diocese and the Local Government Health Department so have experience in the area.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    George Kakonge

    Operations Manager for Edirisa UK supervising all the local projects.

    Reverend Reuben Byomuhangi

    Director of the Kigezi Diocese Water and Sanitation Department and responsible for all water harvesting tanks that we construct.


For a water tank to change a family's life!

This is a God given tank, we are very happy and grateful to those who provided the funds.

Irene Katara Aged 70