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Women group leaders in a planning session ahead of the Learning Caravan exercise
Women in Mabamba Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda expressed their commitment to improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in their community. They also showed high inspiration and commitment to promote environment-friendly development practices in their area. The commitment came after the Learning Caravan facilitated by NBD and other partners from November 2019 to January 2020. The learning caravan provided Mabamba Bay area women opportunity to share knowledge and best practices from neighboring households on issues related to WASH and environmental management.

In 2018 NBD and IHE Delft signed the partnership framework agreement for the project entitled “Women and Water in Communities for Change”.  The project was implemented in Mabamba Bay area, Uganda and in Mara river basin, Tanzania.
Under this framework, NBD provided trainings on “Empowerment of Women and youth as Climate Resilience Champions”. In Tanzania and Uganda, the trainings were given to some selected women and youth members.
 
As a follow-up to the 2018 training, from November 2019 to January 2020, NBD facilitated communities from three villages of Mabamba Bay (Lubya, Nakasozi and Ziba) to hold Community Learning and Knowledge and best practice Exchange caravan in Uganda.

One of the caravan objectives was to enable the villagers to share and learn knowledge and best practices about good WASH and environmental management from one another so that knowledge and best practices are duplicated within the village households and beyond.

Through house to house visit, participants of the learning caravan were able to see Hygiene and Sanitation facilities in the neighborhoods and, learnt and on the best WASH practices as explained by the owners of the facilities and by expert facilitators who attended the caravan.

Women leaders from Mabamba also visited Katosi Model Village in Mukono from where they learnt how to make improved energy cooking stoves.
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Women learning and actively participating in the building/making of modern and energy efficient cooking stoves - All stages From start to finish


Learning by doing:  Results talk from the ground

Around 100 women and men from Mabamba Bay area participated in the caravan.  Ms. Irene Namubiru who chairs the Mabamba Women Group says that they learnt a lot about WASH under NETWAS coaching including the making of energy efficient cooking stoves.

After the learning caravan, women from three villages managed to construct 8 latrines, 35 utensils drying racks, 75 tip-taps for hand washing, 26 energy cooking stoves, and dug 52 rubbish pits.

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Participants of the WASH learning caravan during a hands on exercise on digging rubbish pits, making utensil drying racks, and making of tip-taps to facilitate washing of hands after use of Latrines
However women request for visit in other countries where NBD operates in order to learn from other groups or bring the latter to Uganda to share experiences on what women are doing.

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