Lack of water and proper sanitation facilities in school affected my learning ability because I had to spend some of my time looking for water in the community for various uses particularly when I wanted to visit the toilet. Secondly, due to the use and consumption of unclean water and bad hygiene practices I was frequently attacked by water borne diseases especially diarrhea. Imagine a lady of my age visiting a toilet without water? I think that was terrible not only to me but to my colleagues and of course the teachers as well because they also used to face the same situation. Now that water is available at school I can devote all my time to studies and I am able to use the school toilets comfortably. Hygienically I feel transformed and as a young lady feel my dignity has been restored.
Form three student at Manzese Chakula Bora Secondary Sschool, Tanzania
After my participation in UN Habitat’s hands on skills training in renewable energies, I have led training sessions in assembling solar lanterns with 104 young people… these skills and knowledge have been used by the trainees to repair solar lanterns for the locals in Bwaise and Kampala’s poorest slums at a small cost. Assembling solar lanterns has been added to our Electrical Installation and Repair training circular and our trainer will deliver sessions on my behalf to benefit more than 300 youth in the next 4 years.
Co-Founder, Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD), Uganda