Uganda

Swarovski Waterschool partners: Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust and Advocates for Water and Environment Conservation

Swarovski Waterschool Uganda started in 2009 around the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kanungu District in southwestern Uganda. In collaboration with the Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Trust, the project was designed to work with students and households to improve access to safe water and availability of sanitation facilities. It also employed a participatory approach aimed at enhancing knowledge and promoting behavioral change toward sustainable water use for all beneficiaries.

18,762

Students
educated

30

Schools
reached

249

Teachers
trained

32,100

Community
members
involved

In a region where environmental changes can make access to clean water particularly scarce, Swarovski Waterschool Uganda has commissioned the Banyara Gravity Flow Scheme, and supplied rainwater tanks and sanitary facilities for all schools in the program. Through the participation in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Clubs, students learn about sustainable water and effective sanitation practices. Swarovski Waterschool was also able to open a water supply system for 20 villages in the region and 20 water-boiling facilities at schools, as well as, construct of 40 ventilated, improved pit latrines for better sanitation and hygiene.
In 2015, Swarovski Waterschool Uganda partnered with Advocates for Water Environment Conservation, to reach out to more schools and communities in a new region around Queen Elizabeth Park in an ever-expanding initiative.