Africa Initiatives for 2019-2020
Clean Water For Life – Uganda and Nigeria
SMVA trust identified that the health center in Nyabirongo parish in Kasese district, Uganda had acute water problems due to a broken rainwater harvesting system. The situation demanded pregnant women to bring their own water for delivering their babies. To alleviate this situation, SMVA trust established a new rainwater harvesting system to capture the waters for use at the maternity ward of the Nyabirongo medical center. This project was implemented in Nov-Dec 2019 and is ongoing.
SMVA team visited Abuja, Nigeria from 16th to 21st November 2019 to implement safe water drinking water alternatives. In collaboration with Waves For Water, swayer water filters were provided to several schools and communities in and around Abuja. The technology of swayer water filters was presented to the chief secretary of the water resources ministry and showcased at the national water conference conducted in Nigeria. Impressed by the efficiency and ease of use of swayer water filters, the locals called them “Magic pipe.” Fifteen sawyer water filters were distributed at Durumi settlements I and II in Abuja, Regina Pachis Junior College in Abuja, Greenvale International Primary School in Abuja and Marist College at Yangoji.
Education for Life – Uganda
Education is key to evolving communities from poverty to self-sustenance. SMVA Trust has been supporting two schools in Nyabirongo parish, Uganda. Shine preparatory school supports education of disadvantaged and vulnerable children in Nyabirongo parish. The Trust has been working with this school since 2017 and has supported construction of three permanent classrooms, food programs to the children attending the school and providing educational supplies. SMVA Trust sourced breakfast and meals at this school for 25 weeks in Fall 2019. The wholesome food program includes corn porridge with milk and fruit for breakfast and posho, beans and vegetables for lunch. The schools were closed from February to October 2020 due to the pandemic. The Ugandan government had several regulations in place to allow reopening of schools. The Trust worked with Shine to fulfill these requirements and reopen the school in October 2020. This included providing a water tank, two-foot operated hand washing stations, face masks, infrared thermometer, reusable fabric face masks and hygiene supplies like soap, detergent and sanitizer. In addition, SMVA Trust funded an in-house nurse at school which is required by the government.
Feminine Hygiene Kits
One of the major challenges to sustain adolescent girls in school is lack of feminine hygiene care for them. To address this challenge SMVA Trust has sourced 120 reusable sanitary kits to girls at Kanyampara primary school in Nyabirongo parish. This school provides boarding to girls and boys who are in the final year of primary school to help them prepare for the national board exams. This school had one old and unsafe toilet for use both by boys and girls making it a very unsafe situation for girls. SMVA Trust provided funds to construct a closed, safe and clean restroom for girls and lady teachers at this school in fall 2019.