Buy from Fair2All for World Toilet Day and 10% goes to WATSAN

Buy from Fair2All for World Toilet Day and 10% goes to WATSAN

WATSAN supporter Mandy McIntosh runs a fair trade shop in Ashby de la Zouch and online. To mark World Toilet Day on 19th November, she is donating 10% of her takings to WATSAN takings from 14th to 30th November 2022.

The offer will include both sales from Mandy’s bricks and mortar shop, and her online shop www.fair2all.net, where you can buy upcycled and fair trade gifts, homewares, accessories and cards.

In 2017 Mandy was part of a team who went to South West Uganda and participated in a WATSAN project working with the local community to provide latrines in their school. Once the latrine block for older girls was completed, over 60 girls returned to education.

WATSAN’s trustees would like to thank Mandy very much for once again making this generous contribution to WATSAN, as she has done for the past two years. And of course, we encourage other supporters to do their Christmas shopping on the Fair2All website!

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Save the date for WATSAN’s auction of promises!

Save the date for WATSAN’s auction of promises!

WATSAN’s next fundraising event will be an online auction of promises on the evening of Thursday 26th January. Save the date to bag a unique experience, skill share or treat – or join our organising team to help out.

The auction of promises will be the chance to ‘buy’ something unique in exchange for a donation to WATSAN’s Kazuru project. It will be a lively and fun event, compered by BBC Radio presenter Sophie Law, who will get us excited and competing for the best prizes! It will also be easy to access, on Zoom from 7.30 to 9pm on Thursday 26th January.

You could end up with anything: a free holiday let; dinner with a celebrity; a cookery class; concert tickets; or a magnum of champagne. Some of our lots will be things that money cannot usually buy!

Trustee Kate Parrinder and supporter Jenny Vaughan have started planning the online event, and are looking for one or two others to help us organise it. Please contact Kate via hello@watsanuganda.org if you are interested – we need coordinators and comms experts.

If you have something interesting you are willing to donate as a lot in the auction, please do also get in touch.

Details of how to sign up will follow…

Dispersed Walks for Water to take place in June 2023

Dispersed Walks for Water to take place in June 2023

Following a very successful and enjoyable series of dispersed Walks for Water in June 2021, WATSAN’s trustees are looking to repeat similar events in June 2023.

During the pandemic, we found that these dispersed walks gained more support and raised more money than events in the previous format, which involved gathering a single large group of supporters together for a weekend. We have therefore decided to continue with the ‘dispersed’ format, whilst finding other ways to meet as a larger group, such as at our tea party in May.

The dispersed events are being coordinated by longstanding supporter Andrew Starr, who will offer support to those who are in a position to organise local events. Walk leaders are responsible for planning a route, gathering local walkers, overseeing their safe participation, and sharing achievements with the wider group. Previous dispersed events have made good use of WhatsApp as well as an online Zoom event in the evening to bring together walkers from all of the different locations and create a feeling of shared endeavour.

Andrew is initially approaching those who have kindly led a WATSAN Walk for Water in the past, and others who have expressed interest, to see if they would be willing to lead a local walk again next year. We are now also seeking new walk leaders in new places for 2023.

The aim is to raise funds for our present target project, an ambitious gravity flow scheme in Kazuru.

If you feel you may be able to help, please do email Andrew at leicstarr@gmail.com, so that he can begin to put together a preliminary list of potential walks.

New resource pack for WATSAN presentations

New resource pack for WATSAN presentations

We have developed this pack of PowerPoint slides and videos to help our amazing supporters to give their own presentations about WATSAN in their local church, school or community group.

WATSAN’s trustees have really valued the support of our wider network in spreading the word about what we do and fundraising for us. At our most recent trustee meeting we agreed to make it as easy as possible for others to advocate for WATSAN, and so we have put this pack together to help you.

Slides – these can be downloaded and edited for your own purposes, and include an intro to WATSAN and its projects, impact and how to help. Download now

Videos – visit our YouTube channel to play videos such as a general introduction to WATSAN, and a feature about our current target project (Kazuru). Playing from within YouTube will give you access to the subtitles we have uploaded. Visit now

Leaflets – our trifold leaflet has all the key information about WATSAN, plus a form to set up a standing order. You can see the leaflet here – but please order printed copies from our Secretary Ellie Bensted! Contact Ellie now

Thank you for your help and support.

Staff team focus on small but vital water projects in Q3

Staff team focus on small but vital water projects in Q3

The Ugandan staff team have implemented a series of new low-yield springs in the last quarter, bringing their exemplary best practice to the processes of community and political engagement, as well as efficient engineering and construction. They discovered that one of the springs, at Mukugwe, was in fact high yielding, reminding us of the hope WATSAN’s projects can bring and the abundance of nature’s resources.

WATSAN operates across two districts of South-West Uganda, and the team has implemented spring protection projects in both areas over the past few months.

In Rukungiri district, new low-yield springs at Rweminyinya, Rwembogo and Kyabugashe are now serving three extremely rural villages. For all these projects, the team has engaged strongly with the community before, during and after the construction aspect, getting buy-in to the existence and maintenance of the new schemes; involving the beneficiaries in carrying out work directly on their project; and formally handing over the facilities to a local committee via a formal commissioning ceremony. In the staff team’s report to trustees, they note that “Speaker after speaker at this function thanked the UK Support Group for their financial consideration in helping communities to access safe and clean water through spring construction”.

In Kanungu district, a spring construction was initiated at Mukugwe (pictured), which is now serving 47 households with 233 people in the community. During construction the team discovered that this spring was unexpectedly high-yielding, with four separate water eyes identified and channelled into the spring. They were able to build the structure in such a way that a pipeline extension could be applied to it in future, potentially forming a mini gravity flow scheme. At the commissioning ceremony for this project, the WATSAN team were especially commended by local community leaders for their productive relationships with local government, and for the ecological credentials of the construction. This included using efficient and up-to-date technology; sensitive disposal of waste materials; and encouraging tree planting around the scheme.

Staff report that guest of honour Bishop Dan Zoreka “thanked in a special way the UK Support group for their routine financial support and for sending in money in a timely manner. He informed members that the donors do not always have the money, but save little by little to help us Africans”.

Projects like these are supported by our regular donors, who have standing orders to WATSAN and enable the staff team to identify and implement small-scale projects. Our thanks to go our loyal regular donors.

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