Bwanga Hill

Bwanga is a parish located 35 miles South West of Rukungiri in the sub-county of Nyarushanje. Bwanga Hill consists of a community of 876 people, mainly pupils and staff of a government aided, part-boarding secondary school, and a small kindergarten, both located adjacent to Bwanga church. In common with many schools in Uganda, the present water supply is inadequate and inaccessible, and sanitation facilities are likewise poorly constructed and overloaded.

There is an intermittent piped water supply to the area from a Government gravity-flow scheme, supplemented by a low-yielding spring, which is 1.2 km away from the school, and is used by a big population in the area. At the school, there is only one plastic rainwater harvesting tank of 10 cubic metres plus a small 2 cu. m. tank, which are overwhelmed by the needs of staff and pupils, and quickly empty after rain. A deep borehole is not currently functional. As necessary pupils must collect water from the distant crowded spring, or even from a stream which is shared among animals, cars and human beings approximately 800m away.

Present sanitation facilities at the school are limited to 1 stance to 105 for boys and 1 to 46 for girls. These structures are all unlined in collapsible ground conditions, and in poor condition. There is a new bath shelter for girls, and nothing for the boys, who currently use a urinal shelter.

The proposed project will be an integrated water supply, sanitation, and health and hygiene educational intervention summarised as follows:

  • Reconstruction of the low-yield spring
  • Construction of three 30 cu. m. rainwater harvesting tanks drawing water from the roofs of the main school hall and the church, two for use by the school with at least one connected to the gravity-flow scheme
  • Repair of the faulty borehole supply
  • Construction at the school of two five-stance lined pit-latrines for students, with changing room for girls and urinal for boys, and a two-stance latrine for staff and a bath shelter for boys
  • Construction of a six-stance lined pit latrine at the church
  • A health and hygiene education programme will be undertaken in the school, at the church and in the immediate surrounding community, along with capacity-building and empowerment activities
  • Sanitation improvements will be introduced amongst the hill community, including sanitation platforms, hand-washing facilities, dish-drying racks, compost pits and bath shelters.

We are seeking funding for this scheme, which will transform health and quality of life in the school and kindergarten, and bring considerable benefits also to the local and wider community of the Bwanga area. Donate now


This is a community water supply and sanitation project that aims to serve 226 people in their homes, plus 460 staff and pupils at Ihimbo Primary School, all of whom depend upon water fetched from surface water pools where the water is of poor quality. Two 20m³ and one 10m³ tanks are proposed in order to harvest rainwater from the school and the adjacent church buildings, together with the protection of a local spring. Health and hygiene education, and support to the community in sanitation improvement, will be provided concurrently.

Funds are being sought by the “Friends of North Kigezi” from Rotary sources for this project, which was originally proposed in 2013. 

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