Uganda Free Bee Water Tank
This program is developing and testing low-cost water harvesting technology.
About the community
There is no water supply infrastructure in rural Uganda. At best, previous projects have installed water bores, however, all too often the pipes have rusted or the mechanism has worn. Usually water sources are from polluted pools with disease and parasitic infections common. Children, usually girls, must walk many kilometres to collect water from these pools and then return up steep hills with 10 or 20lts jerry cans (20kgs) balanced on their heads. Aside from the obvious physical and health issues associated with collecting water, the journey itself does not come without risk. Sexual assault is common with rape perpetrators preying on young women and girls while they collect water.
Benefits to the community
With an affordable water storage technology any person will be able to build and maintain a clean and safe water supply close or adjacent to their home. Also schools will be able to collect water for students to use while at school. The technique employed uses basic skills already available to most rural Ugandans. It is the design and use of these skills to create a low-cost water supply which is new. The idea needs to be conveyed to as many rural people as possible. Any person can learn how to create their own water supply from the pilot installation.
How our volunteers are helping
Volunteers from Australia and Uganda have been involved in all aspects of this program.
Opportunities for new volunteers
Graphic design and poster design skills would help to develop material to get the message out to people in Uganda and other parts of Africa. Remote volunteering from Australia as a graphic designer would involve using your own computer and resources to produce posters.
Communications with the project coordinator will generally be using Skype and email. You will need to manage your own time, develop your own designs, and produce your own material. The role suits a self-sufficient, self-motivated professional graphic artist who can develop material from a minimal design brief.
Involvement in the roll-out of the material in Uganda and constructing demonstration displays would be a challenging yet rewarding experience for a self-sufficient and adventurous volunteer. Some skills in manual construction would be advantageous. Living with rural Ugandan people does not come without its discomforts.