The sleepy village of Ssanga lies in the heart of the Mabira rainforest, 31 km away from the nearest town and 7 km away from its nearest water source. With the traditional livelihoods of logging and hunting outlawed by the government, conditions had become extremely difficult for the village as population stress, high levels of unemployment, contaminated water and rising rates of alcohol and substance abuse affected the community.

Despite the dire conditions, the community remained hopeful that the education of its children would offer a better future. School was held for the children by community members under a tree using a 3×4 ft chalkboard. Even though only 1/3 of the village’s children attended the improvised school, this seemingly small initiative was indicative of the spirit of the village and its faith in the possibility of a better future.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • WATER & SANITATION

    Construction of Rainwater Harvesting System (RHS); Construction of latrines; Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) training; Installation of tippy taps for handwashing

  • EDUCATION

    Construction of school and staff quarters; School administration training

  • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Youth mentorship, School built by community-pressed bricks with an eco-friendly brick press

VILLAGE STATS  

District: Mukono
Sub-County: Majjembe
Population: 580
Location:


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PROJECT DETAILS  

Project start date: June 2010
Main challenges:
Community Development,
Education,
Water & Sanitation

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