Access to safe drinking water and good sanitation remains a point of focus: more ecological latrines are being added that are less harmful to the groundwater and rivers.
Together with our partners, we restore and protect wetlands, and we make the urban environment around Fort Portal green. The catchments are home to 120,000 people and the wetlands are vital to them. The organisation JESE raises awareness among the communities and involves them in its activities. Our partner NRDI offers increasing levels of expertise in tree planting activities, and river and ecological restoration in the Rwenzori region.
We prepare policy proposals to bring the importance of ecosystems to the attention of policy makers. Our partner JESE in particular plays an important role in this.
Join For Water also works closely with the University of Fort Portal. Students are increasing their knowledge surrounding ecosystems, as well as conducting research and sharing knowledge with colleagues at home and abroad.
Join For Water started in Uganda in 2000 and managed to do a lot of work with its partners in the Mpanga catchment. The focus was on sanitation in the broadest sense of the word: Lake George’s fishing docks were given a makeover with improved areas for trading fish, fencing and separate zones for waste, accessible and clean latrines for the community and the local population, and the banks of the Mpanga were made more secure from livestock.
You can now get water around the clock at the drinking water kiosks thanks to the payment terminals that have been installed. In schools, a lot of attention was paid to hygiene and hand washing. The custom of defecating in the open air came to an end in several villages.