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Mukono, Uganda


This project is based in a rural fishing community in eastern Uganda. As we did in our second project, we work together with a local partner from the women’s network of Women for Water Partnership.
In Mukono 32 bio sand filters and 32 rainwater-harvesting tanks will be realized. These will provide access to clean drinking water for approximately 3.300 people. Among the beneficiaries there are a lot of school kids because we're facilitating ten schools with the biosand filtration systems. In addition 400 women will be trained in their Sanitiation Water and Hygiene (WASH) skills.

Portrait and documentary photographer, Linelle Deunk, shot an outstanding series of 25 black & white photos, whilst visiting the Mukono project. Find out more!


LocationMukono, Uganda
Project: rain water harvesting tanks & biosand filters
Number of People: 3.300
Local partners: Women for Water Partnership & Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT)


Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) is a global alliance of 24 women’s networks active in the field of poverty reduction and sustainable development. The member organisations are women's groups from around 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and the Caucasus. WfWP is specially focused on the social and economic development of women by aiding in their basic water and sanitation needs. At the same time they also contribute to sustainable development, food security and the position of women in their communities.
Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) is one of the women’s network members based in Uganda.


Carrying water in to the school. Photo ©Linelle Deunk

Water champion 'Resti' explaining school kids how biosand filters work. Photo ©Linelle Deunk

Kids playing around. Photo ©Linelle Deunk

Pooring water in a biosand filter at home. Photo ©Linelle Deunk

Katosi masons at the construction stie for biosand filters. Photo ©Linelle Deunk

Clean water for drinking. Photo ©Linelle Deunk

First part of the construction finished (photo: WFWP)

Local ownership

The project originated from a local demand for access to clean drinking water. The beneficiaries will be greatly involved in the implementation of the facilities; the women will construct the bio sand filters and rainwater harvesting tanks themselves, they will take the lead in the formation of water user committees for proper management of community water sources.


Sharing of Knowledge

A large part of the project regards capacity building of rural women to transform the communities’ water and sanitation situations. Women are trained in construction and maintenance of rainwater-harvesting tanks and bio sand filters. Next to that a lot of effort is put into training leadership skills and group dynamics to ensure sustainability of group activities.

Self sufficiency

With the realization of the rainwater harvesting tanks and bio sand filters around 3.300 people can meet their drinking water needs. Beneficiaries will be trained in maintaining the tanks and when needed materials are locally available. The total amount of money needed for the construction of the tanks will be paid back to KWDT in small instalments; this money is then pooled together in a fund that will be used to provide more tanks for secondary beneficiaries.


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