Fontes Foundation is proud of expanding the project area across the Kazinga Channel to Katunguru, Kasese District. Between the 12th and 15th of September, a team of 7 employees and volunteers installed the latest water supply system in the area, funded by Lions Club Slemdal, Norway. Owing to a huge effort made by the community, safe water was available at the temporary tap station after only three and a half days of work. Two ten thousand litres storage tanks on top of a shipping container provide the community with fresh drinking water now.
On the last day of the implementation, the election and training of the water committee, which is in charge of running the water supply system, initiated the important follow-up phase. Fontes Foundation henceforth supports the village in making the system sustainable through multiple field trips.
Three students from the Scholarship Programme, Justine, Zarika and Gideon, participated to the implementation of the new water project in Katunguru Kasese. Like other scholarship students before, they were highly motivated and assisted with many different tasks such as plumbing, supervising the digging of trenches or translating. The project was successfully completed and the three students were very pleased of having been part of it. Fontes Foundation thinks it is important for the personal development of the students not only to focus on academic education, but also to get exposed to community work. We therefore try to include the students in our projects as much as we can, which is appreciated both by the students and the communities.
In November, Gideon as well as his classmate Paul are to finish their A-Levels degree and will therefore leave the Scholarship Programme. However, Fontes Foundation will take in four new students in the first term of 2011. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the new students, do not hesitate to contact us.
Eventually the building of the Valentine Nursery School in Kikondeka is finished. It consists of two classrooms, both of them are sufficiently equipped with benches and tables. Furthermore, there is an office and a storage room. A separate building contains three latrines for girls, boys and teachers respectively. Yet, some minor work is still to be done.
Recently, the enrollment in Valentine Nursery has reached 86 pupils. Fontes Foundation is happy to be able to provide such a considerable number of pupils with proper education facilities. The building and the latrine was funded by Balder Foundation, Norway.
In Katunguru Rubirizi a new submersible pump was installed after it broke down probably due to an unsafe electricity connection. In order to avoid further breakdowns in the future, a safe electricity connection in the pump house was set up. This enables connection to the power grid without the risk of damaging equipment as a result of the poor electricity connection and fluctuating voltages. The water committee was informed about the changes and was again instructed about the proper maintenance of the system.