Project information

Providing Clean Water for a Ugandan School

Access to clean water is essential for health and for effective learning. Harvesting rainwater is the most cost effective method for providing clean water for our primary school in Uganda. Funding is sought for the sequential installation of large water tanks and guttering for the school buildings

December 2016 - December 2022

Charity information: The Uphill Trust

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  • Need


    There is no permanent water supply in the village of Iruhuura and the nearest all-year water source is a natural spring at the bottom of a steep hill about 1 km from Uphill Junior School. Every pupil and teacher has to collect a large jerrican of water each day for personal use and additional supplies are required to fill the hand washing/drinking water tanks on the school site. Each round trip to the water source takes up to an hour and water must be boiled before it is safe to drink.


    Clean water can be collected from the roofs of buildings when it rains, and rain is plentiful in the Rwenzori region of Uganda. Rainwater collected into sealed tanks remains fresh and is ideal for drinking and cooking. The school buildings have large roofs which, once fitted with gutters and storage tanks, are ideal for water harvesting. Providing clean water in this way will improve the health of the pupils and teachers and relieve them from the time consuming chore of water collection.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide each permanent school block with a 10,000L water harvesting tank and guttering


    » Purchase and install a large water tank with guttering for first primary classroom block (Achieved - December 2016)
    » Purchase and install a large water tank with guttering for the administration block once it has been constructed (2017)
    » Purchase and install a large water tank with guttering for second primary classroom block once it has been constructed
    » Purchase and install a largewater tank with guttering for kindergarten classroom block once it has been constructed

    What success will look like

    The aim will have been met when all three classroom blocks and the administration block are equipped with a large water tank and guttering

  • Impact


    Reliable access to clean drinking water will reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal infections in the pupils and staff at Uphill Junior School. Provision of water and soap for hand washing after using the latrines/before eating will also reduce the incidence of disease and help to keep the whole school community healthy. Health data collected by the community nurse will be monitored by Trustees on their visits to Uphill Junior School to assess the benefits within the school community


    The success of a water harvesting project relies on the reliability of the rainwater supply and on the capacity of the storage facilities. The Rwenzori region has two rainy seasons a year, with intermittent rain also in the 'dry season' although the rains can be late in some years. Providing the school with four 10,000L water tanks should provide sufficient clean water to supply the needs of the pupils and staff. If necessary, additional tanks can be added at a later date


    Donors will be kept informed via a combination of quarterly email newsletters plus frequent updates on The Uphill Trust facebook and twitter pages and on The Uphill Trust website

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,400 Water Tanks Four 10,000L water harvesting tanks
      £800 Gutters & Taps Four sets of guttering to collect rain water from roofs
      £800 Installation costs Transport, labour, concrete tank bases

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Legacy Donation £1,000 Guaranteed
    Fund Raising Event 1 £1,000 Guaranteed
    Fund Raising Event 2 £400 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Uphill Junior School was founded in 2011 and serves a poor rural community comprised primarily of subsistence farmers in western Uganda. Many of the families in the area have been affected by HIV/AIDS and there are a large number of orphans and children from single parent families. The school actively encourages the education of girls as well as boys.


    The pupils and staff of Uphill Junior School will be the primary beneficiaries of the project.

    Improved general health and the reduction in time away from the classroom due to illness or for water carrying duties should allow the pupils to get the best from their educational opportunities and allow staff to teach, prepare lessons and pursue their own personal development goals more effectively

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Uphill Trust was established to support the development of Uphill Junior School. The Trust has a proven track record in raising funds and delivering projects for the school. The provision of a 5,000L tank plus guttering for harvesting water from the roof of the wooden school building was the first project that was delivered, in 2014. Three more water tanks were installed in 2016 - two 10,000L tanks (classroom block 1) and one 1,000L tank (attached to the latrine).

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Muhimbise Elius

    Elius is the Director of Uphill Junior School and Project Manager for all development projects. His local knowledge and expertise are invaluable.

    Max Macdonald

    As Chairman and Founder of The Uphill Trust, Max has developed strong links with members of the community in Iruhuura and with Uphill Junior School

    Belinda Macdonald

    Belinda is a Trustee and the Administrator for The Uphill Trust. She is responsible for the Trust's online presence & for record keeping/finance


will buy a 10,000L water tank for storing water collected from a classroom roof

"Much thanks to our most loved Uphill Trustees for all the wonderful funding and to all our friends, men and women, for your kind hearts. God bless you so much."

Muhimbise Elius, Director of Uphill Junior School