The headmaster of Makuutu School, with the new drinking water tanks, school children and local WfK representative Muzamiru Bidondole.

The completion of installed rainwater tanks

The Stephen Young Memorial Project (SYMP), Makuutu, Iganga

Following the loss of the Water for Kids Chairman, Stephen Young in 2013 and as Stephen requested in his will, a suitable project has been found in the Iganga District for not only the protection of a water source but, it soon became the intention to carry out a full WASHE project in Stephen's memory. This has been made possible due to the added funds raised by his family, friends and WfK members.

Muzamiru Bidondole, our contact in Iganga, who had been requested by Stephen to find a suitable source to protect, identified the community of Makuutu south of the Iganga Township. Muzamiru has chosen this community due to its' lack of provision of any water to the community (600 people) and the Makuutu Primary School, (staff and 757 pupils) who have no other means of getting water except by a poorly protected source some 1.5km from the school only accessible through a swamp.

In March 2014 Peter Minhinnett, Jason Cox & Tom Jackson WfK Trustees visited Makuutu with members of the visiting team from UK and agreed that Makuutu is a good choice for the Project. The team immediately started a full WASHE on what was now the Stephen Young Memorial Project (SYMP). The WfK team carried out the following work:

  • The protection and repair of the existing water source (A)
  • The installation of a rain water harvesting (RWH) system including 2 x 6000lt tanks.
  • The protection and repair of water source (B) also used by over 300 villagers
  • A baseline survey of the community
  • The provision of a water filter for the use of the school to ensure the rain water harvested, is satisfactory for drinking
  • The provision of water storage tanks for hand washing at latrines
  • The provision of drinking water storage tanks for classrooms
  • The provision of hygiene education to staff and school
  • Carried out necessary repairs and improvements to school latrines.

Water Source A - new walls protecting the source are designed to divert rain away from the collection area