Setting off from the Secretariat, the team headed to KIEMP sites. Along the way, the Programme Assistant Ineke, gave member a brief of the project background and modalities to set the mood for the deliberations of the day. KIEMP is a project that has run for a period of five years, as a partnership between the Belgian and Ugandan Government
The trip began in Bwaise looking at drainage systems that have been constructed throughout the community.
|An 800+ metre Drainage system built by KIEMP|
It was remarkable to see the change that the drainage systems had brought in place. the project manager who walked the team through the area informed members that despite still facing flooding the periods of flooding were less destructive as the drainage systems helped to channel the water out of the area after a while.
As the group walked through the community KIEMP pointed out the level of flooding that used to be in the area before the drainage system was constructed. Flooding in this area used to be so severe that is was common to have 3 or 4 feet of water, as the lines on houses indicate. Some houses had sunk into the ground, which is a swamp, and been abandoned.
|House that has been abandoned and sunk into the ground|
After viewing several more of the areas where drainage systems have assisted the community in reducing flooding, the group visited a pre-paid water meter installed by BTC (Belgian Development Agency). BTC is one of the key funders of KIEMP along with the government of Uganda.
|Water and Sanitation Working Group listening to explanation of how the system operates|
The area of Bwaise also suffers from poor sanitation issues: despite the existence of sub-standard structures that are used as toilets sanitation was found greatly lacking.
|Toilet in Bwaise|
KIEMP, also built toilets that address the specific needs of Bwaise. The public toilets are controlled by caretakers and the community have structures in place to guide their use and sustainability.
|Toilet in Bwaise that KEIMP built|
As the group moved through the community, they also saw the much larger channels that have been built that subsequently feed into the channel that takes the water out of the community and into the main channels out of the city.
|Wider drainage system that feeds into main line|
|Lubigi channel being widened|
|View from Kisenyi II looking back on the city center|
|Working Group discusses benefits of food towers|
|Sack Gardens thriving in Kisenyi II|