Published: 10 February 2020
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.
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.
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.