The development context of Uganda is highly vulnerable given the recently concluded civil strife in the region. As a result of population movements, the rural communities of Gulu District are establishing themselves as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as they move from temporary housing to stable more stable communities.
Given the social and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) gaps that exist in the region, IsraAID identified an opportunity to assist local communities of Gulu district through the initiation of a water management technology training program. The program takes on a skills-leading-to-jobs approach that benefits participants as well as the communities they live in.
Uganda’s WASH technology Technician Program offers participants training and skill-building that is designed specifically to respond to the needs of participants’ own communities.
Participants of the program will go through practical WASH training in a professional lab as well as in the field, aimed at providing participants with specialised capabilities to respond to the specific needs of their own communities.The program has three main components which benefit both the participants and the communities they work in; professional, buisiness and community.
This program will impact war-affected communities on the individual and communal level. By encouraging participation of child soldiers from war-affected communities, the program allows for reintegration of youth into communities as well as rehabilitation of communities themselves. IsraAID is looking forward to learning about further needs on the ground in Uganda and to exporting our unique know-how in the field of WASH and MHPSS.
- Individual empowerment through training, micro-crediting and job creation
- Skill-building and capacity-building on individual level
- Reintegration of youth into communities; reintegration of communities themselves.
- Improved community infrastructure, technology and access to water
- The Professional Academic Component involves the distribution of recognized, accredited diplomas to program graduates that will provide access to previously unavailable jobs.
- The Community Component offers an immediate increase in the wellbeing of communities in terms of water. Program participants interact constantly with the communities they work in to learn about each community’s needs and activities. This ensures that the participant’s impact goes directly back into the communities they live, work and study in.
- The Business Component involves the distribution of seed money to graduates interested in opening WASH-related community-oriented businesses.