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GWEFODE’s Rain Water Harvesting Project; the best solution to WASH related Gender Based Violence in most water stressed areas of Southwestern Uganda.

Kabale district in Southwestern Uganda is a highland area with a high population density and heavy land fragmentation for instance an average household has six to seven plots of land on several hills.

The topography of most areas in Kabale district is hilly with steep slopes posing a challenge to Water service delivery especially construction of gravity flow water schemes. Many community residents suffer from water shortage due to lack of access to underground water. In most rural areas, poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services is a major factor in exposing women and children to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Fetching water is usually done by women and children; and in most cases, women have to leave home before sunrise or late in the evenings walking long distances of about 2-5 kilometers which exposes them to many risks on the way such as rape and other forms of Physical and Sexual Violence and life threatening attacks during their search for the much needed water, in order to feed their families. Water shortage problem has also reduced children study times and hygiene levels especially girls who do not attend school regularly, because they also have to participate in this task, cannot get bathed or have a decent breakfast before leaving for school.

GWEFODE has embarked on households, community and school rain water harvesting as the only option available in Hilly areas where gravity flow water cannot reach to enable beneficiaries especially women and children access clean water and improve on their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Practices through implementation of low cost technologies. GWEFODE has built rain water harvesting tanks of different capacities ranging from 1.5-20 Cubic Meters in Households, Communities and Schools. The project has empowered women and girls to become efficient water managers in their communities. Further to improving access to safe water and sanitation in the project area, the project has educated beneficiary communities on the management aspects of stored rainwater so as to access safe water through the year for better health including training local women groups in tank construction.

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Participatory Governance & Gender Equity Advocacy

GWEFODE’s work is to Promote Participatory Governance using Rights Based Approach to programming and gender equity in development as well as participation in decision making.
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Gender Based Violence Prevention & Response

GWEFODE mobilizes resources to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence access free medical treatment and psychosocial support.
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Conflict Resolution & Peace Building

GWEFODE seeks to improve the capacity of community based mediators and local leaders to resolve conflicts and enhance effective and efficient justice delivery in the informal justice system.
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Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

GWEFODE undertakes research on best agricultural practices that are sustainable and environmentally friendly and sharing these with farmers in Uganda.
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Sustainable Energy Efficient Technologies

Over 95% of households in Kabale district use biomass fuels (firewood and charcoal) to cook on traditional stoves. This reliance on firewood presents mothers with impossible choices.
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Vocational Education & Training

GWEFODE supports entrepreneurial development through equipping marginalized women and youth with skills such as tailoring, candle making and making charcoal briquettes aimed at income generation.
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Water Sanitation & Hygiene

GWEFODE improves the management of water sources through refresher trainings and sensitization of community members especially women and children on better use.
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HIV/AIDS & Malaria Prevention

GWEFODE disseminates Information, Education and Communication IEC/ Behavior Change Communication (BCC) campaigns and materials focused on orphans and vulnerable children.
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Maternal and Child Health

GWEFODE creates awareness on maternal and child health and advocates for improved health services to reduce on maternal and child morbidity and mortality.
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A joint Statement on The Right of Indigenous Batwa People to Land and Natural Resources in Uganda Submitted by GWEFODE and France Libertes to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

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