By Lydia Nsubuga
The Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints has started a multi million project of improving water and sanitation in Namutumba District.
Under this initiative , the church in conjunction with Union of Community development Volunteers will construct 40 protected spring wells, 20 hand dug wells, 15 five stance VIP latrines at 15 primary schools, 50 washing stations and 15 ten thousand litre plastic tanks to 15 primary schools.
Flagging off this project at their offices in Namutumba Town, the woman MP Florence Mutyabule hailed the church for their humanitarian role in fighting for the local people.
She said this project will help in extending safe water to the communities and avoid walking long distances by women in search for water.
She said that she first approached this church in 2011 when the district was attacked by malnutrition and when they came to give support, they found out that people are taking contaminated water which was causing water borne diseases and so the need to provide safe water.
The District Vice Chairman, Haji Butotooba Mugoya Musilimu thanked the woman MP for her lobbying skills which have resulted into this project.
He said that as a District they have been providing bore holes but due to the increasing population, they have not been able to serve all the people.
He called up on all the people to own these projects and protect them.
The Director for Humanitarian Aid in this church Elder Beckle Karl and his wife Sister Robin Beckle reported that construction of all these projects has already started and some have been completed and will take six months to be completed.
He reported that after this, they intend to start another program of making sanitary pads for primary school children which will be given out free of charge.
Present at the function was the Ag. RDC Bwambale Matte and the Deputy CAO Muramira Aggrey.