Emergency Water Supply and Sanitary Facilities for Returning populations to Place of origins in Northern Lira and Kitgum Districts
In the framework of the Ugandan Consolidated Appeals Process 2007, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has included a proposal to support the return of Internally Displaced Population (IDP) by providing low cost water supply and sanitation facilities, including strengthening of communities' management capacity for those provided facilities.
In response to population movements and the current stability in Kitgum, IRC is designing programs that prepare communities for the transition from camp to village of origin. In both Kitgum and Lira districts, IRC is focussing its programming on shifting IDP communities from a relief situation to one of recovery by working in coordination with various existing stakeholders to facilitate the sustained and safe return of IDPs. Throughout return areas in Kitgum and Lira districts, there exist a large number of unusable sanitary facilities and non-functioning water systems where low-cost solutions would greatly improve access to sanitation facilities and water supply. Main water sources include unprotected spring wells, collapsed protected hand dug wells, and shallow and deep boreholes. Most institutions (schools, health centres, community centres) lack useable latrines; existing ones are in various states of disrepair.
The aim of the project is to improve the health situation among returnee populations through improved access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and hygienic practices in Kitgum and North of Lira District. IRC intends to work in coordination with the District Water Offices (DWO), communities and other local actors to improve water and sanitation services for the 180,146 displaced persons and returnees living in seven sub counties in Kitgum and Lira districts. The planned water supply facilities will be able to cover safe water requirements for about 19,400 direct beneficiaries.