BIMYSAWA - Long-term safe WASH service coverage for BidiBidi, Imvepi and Yumbe Refugee Settlement

Contract partner: ÖRK - Österreichisches Rotes Kreuz Country: Uganda Funding amount: € 2.000.000,00 Project start: 01.08.2021 End: 31.10.2023

Short Description:

Overall goal

Contribute to safeguarding the lives, health and dignity of South Sudanese refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda. Living conditions of refugees and host community members (especially women and girls) with respect to access of safe reliable drinking water, sanitation services, waste management and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in Goboro, Imvepi and Bidi Bidi Zone 4 are improved.

Expected results

Expected Result (ER) 1: 35,000 members of the refugee and host population in priority areas in Goboro, Kerwa and Bidibidi Zone 4 have increased daily access to sustainably managed safe water supply;

ER 2: Expanded collection and treatment of fecal sludge in Imvepi Refugee Settlement for 7,500 people and for 2500 people in Yumbe town;

ER3: Empowerment of women and girls through provision and training of MHM in schools and community. Soap making training in 10 schools in Bidibidi Zone 4, Goboro and Kerwa (9,500 people)

ER4: Improved hygiene behavior, Covid-19 prevention and awareness regarding environmental protection through Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation and Education (PHAST and PHASE) in Bidibidi Zone 4, Goboro and Kerwa (13,425 people).


Target group / Beneficiaries

The number of direct beneficiaries is 69,925. The project will be implemented through the local implementing partners Uganda Red Cross Society and Light for the World International. Project areas are Bidibidi, Imvepi, Goboro and Kerwa Refugee Settlement and host community in the West Nile Region.


1.1 Conducting environmental impact assessment and designing water supply systems, 1.2 Reviewing plans and capacity building of stakeholders on inclusion of people with disabilities in tap stand design, 1.3 Conduct a consultation process with women on gender awareness planning, MHM, design and construction of water systems, 1.4 Upgrading the water source system in Goboro Reception center, 1.5 Constructing water distribution system with 6 tap stands at 1) Goboro Reception and Quarantine Center, 2) Goboro primary school and 3) Gobor health center, 1.6 Upgrading 3 water source systems in Bidibidi Zone 4 with solar systems for reliable and sustainable operation, 1.7 Adding 15 tapstands to district water supply systems, 1.8 Establishing, training and equipping 31 Water and Sanitation Committees, 1.9 Advocating the implementation of the national O&M strategy, 1.10 Capacity building through providing adequate facilities for the local office of the Ugandan Red Cross in Yumbe 2.1 Completion of Fecal sludge treatment unit of Waste management center, 2.2 Erecting three additional roofed sludge drying beds, 2.3 Erecting two addtional treatment, recycling/endcycling units in Imvepi Waste Management Center, 2.4 Provision of water supply to the waste management center , 2.5 Reinstatement of fecal sludge treatment plant in Yumbe, 2.6 Emptying latrines in the target area, 2.7 Improvement of access to and in Waste Management Center, 2.8 Capacity building of the Waste Management Committee at Imvepi markets, 2.9 Conducting Waste Management Campaigns in institutions, 3.1 Conducting a Gender Analysis and baseline survey, 3.2 Building WASH clubs in schools, 3.3 Providing MHM kits and training in primary and secondary schools, 3.4 Providing MHM kits for community in Kerwa, Goboro, Bidibidi and Imvepi Refugee Settlements, 3.5 Training on soap making in schools for students and women, 3.6 Hygiene promotion & gender equality public broadcasting campaigns, 3.6 Building of 6 inclusive toilet blocks with 5 stances and changing rooms for girls at schools, 3.7 Building of 25 wash and changing rooms for girls; 4.1 Conducting a WASH baseline survey, 4.2 Carrying out a ToT Training for 25 URCS community volunteers in Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) and Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Education (PHASE) methodology, 4.3 Establishing PHAST groups and training for 20 PHAST groups in communities, 4.4 Establishing 10 WASH clubs in schools in communities, 4.5 Conducting 50 PHAST trainings on community levels, 4.6 Distribution of 2500 face masks and 300 Covid-19 PPE Kits, 4.7 Adapting and developing existing Information, Education and Communications (IEC) material to include MHM, gender and inclusion awareness raising, 4.8 Producing and distributing IEC and training materials, 4.9 Ensuring sustainability of PHAST and WASH clubs by reaching formal agreements between them and relevant WASH Stakeholders (District, OPM & UNHCR)


The conflict in South Sudan expanded to the southern parts of the country in July 2016, which led to an influx of refugees in Northern Uganda. Currently, Uganda hosts 1,4 mill. refugees in total, many live in settlement camps. Two of the four largest settlements in West Nile are Bidibidi (240,000 refugees), and Imvepi (70,000 refugees). In 2021, many areas in South Sudan are still not safe. Armed attacks and raid incidents close to the border to Uganda claim casualties. The borders of Uganda were closed with few exceptions in March 2020 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. According to UNHCR, the borders will open again soon, which will lead to high arrival numbers. Despite continuous influx of the refugee population, the West Nile region faces issues of declining funding of humanitarian aid and WASH issues among others. During the joint Uganda and Austrian Red Cross assessment mission end of April 2021 and frequent exchanges during the ongoing LIFT and BidiSawa projects, UNHCR and District authorities stated that the biggest current needs to address with major funding are the following: 1) the development of the new arrivals collection center in Goboro (Yumbe District), 2) the sanitation management in the settlements. 3) The district pledged for support concerning the water supply system in Kerwa and the fecal sludge treatment plant in Yumbe. Further, it was found that several areas in Bidibidi – especially Zone 4- still lack adequate water supply and are not supported through other partners. A preliminary gender analysis has shown that women and girls are specifically affected by the COVID-19 crisis and have urgent needs with respect to hygiene promotion and MHM.

project number 2679-06/2021
source of funding AKF
sector Humanitäre Hilfe: Maßnahmen zum Wiederaufbau und Rehabilitierung nach Katastrophen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Environment: 1, Gender: 1, Poverty: 1, Inclusion: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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