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Outstanding institutions, individuals awarded as water week ends

By Gerald Tenywa, Agnes Nantambi, Juliet Waiswa

Added 23rd March 2019 05:00 PM

The annual event, organised by the Ministry of Water and Environment, kicked off on 18th March 2019, concluded on Saturday 29th March, 2019 at the Water Resource Institute in Entebbe.

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Water Minister Ronald Kibuule endorses REDD+ strategy. Photo by Agnes Nantambi.

The annual event, organised by the Ministry of Water and Environment, kicked off on 18th March 2019, concluded on Saturday 29th March, 2019 at the Water Resource Institute in Entebbe.

WATER WEEK
                                                                                                                   
ENTEBBE - Outstanding institutions and individuals have been recognized and awarded for their exceptional contribution to the Uganda National Water and Environment Week 2019.

The annual event, organised by the Ministry of Water and Environment, kicked off on Monday, March 18concluded on Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Water Resource Institute in Entebbe.

The awards were handed over by high profile personalities, among them, Matia Lwanga Bwanika, the Wakiso district LCV Chairperson, Hon. Kefa Kiwanuka, the chairperson of the Natural Resources Committee and Ronald Kibuule, the state minister for water resources. Former Minister, Flavia Munaba and various MPs attended the event.

Those that received awards include;

Water Aid
Water Aid, the platinum sponsors were awarded for making the biggest contribution to the Uganda Water and Environment Week 2019.

IRC

Lydia Mirembe (Right) and Lydia Bbira (Left) from IRC receive their award. Photo by Agnes Nantambi

Despite being platinum sponsors, the International Water and Sanitation Centre, IRC, also paid for travel tickets of some of the facilitators.

GIZ

Some of the sponsors of the Water and Environmental sector. Photo by Agnes Nantambi.

GIZ was one of the biggest development agency to fund as platinum sponsors for UWEWK 2019.

Bonita Murungi Arinaitwe

 onita urungi rinaitwe hoto by uliet aiswa Bonita Murungi Arinaitwe. Photo by Juliet Waiswa.

The 14-year-old Nabisunsa student is a climate change advocate since her primary six at Aga Khan Primary School. She inspired many during the Water and Environment week and has authored three books; Friends, The Brave Prince Michael, The Life of the Forest.

Youth Go Green

Edwin Muhumuza the founder of youth Go Green was awarded for championing the youth in planting 5000 trees during the Water and Environment week. Muhumuza, with support of youth from different Universities pledged to 10 in the next five years.
 
Walking conservation activist

 alking onservation members receiving their award hoto by gnes antambi Walking Conservation members receiving their award. Photo by Agnes Nantambi.

The Walkers’ Association team walked for 14 days from Kampala to Adjumani and Zoka forest covering about 500kms. The team was led by Geoffrey Walker Ayeni, who is also the President of Walkers’ Association of Uganda. They planted about 200 trees in different schools where they made stopovers along the way and also spread the message about UWEWK 2019. William Amanzuru from Friends of Zoka also participated in the walk.

UWEWK on the wheels

Doctors without borders were awarded for causing public awareness in different parts of the country. They amplified messages from local cleaning activities in Karamoja, Mbale, Wakiso, Kampala and Fort portal.


The National Organising Committee

Wakiso Chairperson Matia Lwanga Bwanika (Right) hands over award to Florence Adong the director, Water Resources Directorate. Photo by Agnes Nantambi. 


The organising committee was behind the event that attracted six key note speakers and over 1,000 participants.

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