In December 2008, Harriet was selected as first girl to join the Fontes Foundation Scholarship programme. Her donor is a women’s club from Rena, Norway. She is going to join Kichwamba High School in 2009 in senior 2. An orphan, she lives with her grandmother and a number of other siblings in Katunguru village.
In late 2007, Fontes Foundation installed a pilot version of a GSM monitoring system in Kazinga and Kisenyi. The system works with GSM technology, and through a simple interface, the technicians and the treasurers in the villages enter data for income, expenses and quantities of water produced and sold. The information is sent to Norway by SMS, and received by server that processes the data. This makes it possible for the project coordinator to continuously follow the status of the projects, through an internet based
In August 2008, Fontes Foundaiton signed a contract with Statoil Hydro, a major Norwegian oil company, to implement a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project in northern Mozambique. Statoil Hydro is carrying out seismic tests in the sea outside the coast of Pemba, Cabo Delgado Province. Fontes Foundation has been asked to improve the water supply in the village of Quissanga, where most of the population are fishermen. It is the first time for Fontes Foundation to work in Mozambique, although several staff has experience from this country.
In July 2008, Fontes Foundation facilitated the registration of the water committees of Katunguru, Kazinga and Kisenyi as Community Based Organisations (CBO). This is a legal status in Uganda, and the CBO has to have a constitution and be registered at the district. Together with the Community Development Officer (CDO) at Katunguru sub-county, each water committee wrote a constitution and went through the registration process. As a CBO the water committee can open a bank account, something that is crucial for sustainable financial management of the water project. The CBO also ensures that the water committee lives on as an entity even if the membership changes, and the roles and responsibilities of different members are outlined by the constitution. Fontes Foundation hopes that this can contribute to the sustainability of the water projects, and to strengthen their role in relationship to other actors such as the district and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
In September 2007, two diesel pumps were stolen from Katunguru. The police, locals and local authorities were all involved in an attempt to recover the pumps, but unfortunately they failed. The Local Government, Uganda Wildlife Authority and the villager together collected about USD 2100 to buy new pumps, however, a balance of about USD 7500 was remaining. Happily, the two Norwegian companies Computas and JOS Shipping chose to donate the pump installations as a Christmas gift in stead of giving presents to their employees
On the 29th of March 2008, members of the water committees from Kazinga, Kisenyi and Katunguru in Bushenyi district, and Kiruruma in Kanungu district, were invited to a one-day seminar at Katunguru primary school. Committee members and technicians worked in groups and discussed roles and responsibilities, financial management and exchanged ideas about how to solve problems. Training is crucial for the management of the water systems, and also helps to motivate the committee members that work on a voluntary basis.
On February 4th the Kindergartens in Kanungu (Mama Barbara’s Kindergarten and Bushura Kindergarten) re-opened after the Christmas holidays. In Uganda the school year begins in January, and a total of 61 new children were admitted in both nurseries for Nursery Class 1.
The students at Oslo Montessori Primary school have collected enough money to buy football jerseys for the school football team at the Katunguru Primary School. Now we hope to collect enough money in order for the girls to have jerseys for their net ball/ basket ball games as well.