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Safe drinking water and sustainable energy for rural Uganda

Improving living conditions in rural Uganda through sustainable technologies for renewable energy, agriculture and water

08.06.2015


Countries: Uganda
Donors: Erbacher Stiftung
Partners: ARUWE
Issues: Safe Water, Renewable Energy, Health
Duration: 06/2015 - 02/2016

In Uganda, the energy exploitation pattern is such that biomass accounts for 92% of the total energy consumed. Most of the biomass energy is from wood, which is consumed in the form of charcoal and fire wood. This exploitation pattern is not sustainable because it heavily relies on non-renewable energy that is both costly, untimely, limited and has serious environmental effects.

In Mulagi Sub County, 100% of households rely on wood as a source of energy for cooking meals. The supply of fire wood is insufficient; families spend a lot of time walking long distances looking for wood, children lose school time which affects their performance while elderly grandmothers find it difficult to look for fire wood due to their diminishing energy.

In addition, lack of a home based source of energy deprives women of the chance to participate in collective group enterprises such as vegetable drying due to the long hours that they spend in search of fire wood. Yet still, the use of fire wood would require the physical presence of women while preparing household meals which take long.

This situation makes it difficult for women to have time for participating in community, group and other economic activities. The current practice of using firewood which is the main source of energy gives off a lot of smoke which is a health hazard to women and their children.

In addition to the above, currently in Kyankwanzi women and children walk long distances in search of water for house hold use, which in some cases may not be clean or safe water for consumption. The Safe Water Coverage is still very low at 51% which is below the millennium development goal water target. 
This Project goal therefore is to improve the living conditions of the Mulagi community via renewable energy, production of organic fertiliser and access to clean and safe water.  

The objectives are the following:

• To provide more time to children and women to attend school and other economically viable activities instead of fetching fire wood and water;
• Capacity building on bamboo based structure, biogas technologies and water harvesting for local women and men
• To increase agricultural productivity by using the biogas digestate as organic fertiliser;
• To prevent and diminish the environment pollution caused by burning of wood and  to contribute to minimize the green house emission;
• To provide a clean and affordable energy source for local people thus contribute to protect the forest resource and reduce the use of fossil fuels;
• To support and establish socioeconomic groups and enterprises doing the green technology services and to contribute to improve the livehoods and quality of life of the rural farmers in Mulagi;
• To reduce diseases associated with drinking unsafe water

More information:
Claudia.Wendland@wecf.eu



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