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Indian women’s group launches sanitation drive

By Vision Reporter

Added 13th May 2010 03:00 AM

THE Indian Women’s Association in Uganda will construct pit-latrines in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb, to improve sanitation.

THE Indian Women’s Association in Uganda will construct pit-latrines in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb, to improve sanitation.

By Patrick Jaramogi

THE Indian Women’s Association in Uganda will construct pit-latrines in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb, to improve sanitation.

The association’s chairperson, Asha Keswani, described the situation in Namuwongo as “pathetic” and “wanting”.
She said they had set aside funds to spearhead the campaign but pointed out that more funds would be sought elsewhere.

“What is happening here is terrible. We shall support these people,” Keswani said.

She made the remarks during a visit to the In Need Home, a non-governmental organisation caring for orphans and vulnerable children in Namuwongo.

The home co-ordinator, Anny Bwenge, said Namuwongo, with a population of over 30,000, has only 20 toilets.

“The parents of these children fear to give them food since they have no toilets.

“The cost of accessing a public toilet is sh100 and a family of 12 needs sh1,200 daily or more, this is beyond their means,” Bwenge said.

“We receive them in the morning, feed them and release them in the evening,” she told the team.

Keswani said the first toilet will be constructed at the home before building around the suburb.
“We need land to be identified before we can provide the funds,” said Praveena Ajay, the association’s vice-chairperson.

Gurmeet Kaur, the treasurer, said the toilets would be constructed by a reputable firm.

Indian women’s group launches sanitation drive

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