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Oyam gets sh1b for water

By Vision Reporter

Added 17th March 2008 03:00 AM

OYAM residents have hope for better health after the German government gave a grant of euros 400,000 (sh1b) to improve water and sanitation in the district.

OYAM residents have hope for better health after the German government gave a grant of euros 400,000 (sh1b) to improve water and sanitation in the district.

By Ayiga Ondoga
OYAM residents have hope for better health after the German government gave a grant of euros 400,000 (sh1b) to improve water and sanitation in the district.

The money, channeled through the Northern Uganda Recovery Programme, is aimed at improving the lives of the vulnerable people after the more than 20-year LRA insurgency.

The eight-month project to resettle formerly displaced people is being implemented by Uganda Red Cross Society in collaboration with their German counterparts.

It targets schools and the neighbouring communities and was launched on Thursday by the LC5 chairman, Col. Okello Engola at Amua Primary School in Minakulu.

In the pilot scheme, four boreholes and protected springs were opened by the Uganda Red Cross Society vice-chairman, Dr. Robert Sebunya, in the presence of the German Red Cross project coordinator/water and sanitation for northern Uganda, Harry Van Putten and district officials.

Putten said Minakulu, Ngai, Otwal and Iceme sub-counties had each got one new borehole.

He added that 25 boreholes were rehabilitated, six springs protected and five ecosan pit latrines constructed in schools.

According to Sebunya, the Red Cross will train the community leaders to manage the water sources for sustainability.

“Since the war began, water coverage has been so low because the water points were destroyed by the rebels,” said Engola.

He noted that the district had established clean water points at all trading centres to serve the population of over 300,000.

Oyam gets sh1b for water

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