Budgeting and Access to Water in Uganda

Budgeting and Access to Water in Uganda

Location:
Jinja, Uganda
GESI Team:
Ebony Calloway, Heather Budimulia, Isaac Rappaport
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Income Generation; Water; Natural Resources
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Summer 2015

Project Background

During the GESI team’s community assessment, students, staff, parents and the Director of Ammah Secondary School all mentioned water as an issue. After the school’s borehole broke last term, the support staff and students had to walk 500m to local rented boreholes to collect water several times a day. In addition, the Director and the Bursar (head of financial operations) identified income as a huge challenge because school fees are very low and most parents can only pay in installments or late. The team used the seed fund to fix the school’s borehole in order to free up the money that was being used to rent other boreholes for other projects. With input and feedback from the Director and the Bursar, the GESI team introduced a budget that stressed the importance of saving toward future borehole maintenance and long-term projects. Moving forward, the school can continue following the budget procedure and also begin several expense-negation activities, like buying food in bulk when prices are low and allowing parents to contribute labor to help pay school fees, so that they can reach their saving goals faster.