Project Location: Busumba, Uganda (Host Club RC Tororo) Primary Sponsoring Club: Eugene Airport Rotary Project Summary: This project in Eastern Uganda near the Kenyan border will supply safe drinking water, health and sanitation training, and mosquito abatement and nets to reduce health problems; fish ponds to supply nutrition and livelihood, and a lending library. The project will use the holistic "Adopt a Village" strategy that focuses on areas of critical needs in water, health, nutrition/hunger, and education. An objective has been added to examine the best methods of integrating the project goals, strategies, and resources with existing regional resources to maximize impact and to build sustainability into the project. Need: More than 40% of the Busumba population are children. The vast majority (95+%) live without electricity. About 80% are small plot subsistence farmers. Less than 10% have access to safe drinking water. Life expectancy is 45 years, with malaria and diarrhea accounting for more than a quarter of the mortality. Children, especially girls, lose many hours of school fetching water from distant sources. There has been no previous Rotary assistance in this village or the surrounding District. Objectives: The Project will (I) provide safe water to all in the village through two protected springs and a deep well, and through training on water related health and sanitation; (2) provide mosquito abatement training and mosquito nets to the 350 families of the village; (3) create a lending library for the village primary school, providing 210 books; and (4) building and stocking two fish ponds, and providing associated feed and aqua culture training.
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