A new project in a new area.
Pallisa District is located in the central part of the Eastern Region of Uganda. It is made up of three counties, 20 sub-counties and 1 town council. Its current population is 506,900 of which a mere 57 % has access to safe water.
Map of Uganda with Pallisa district in dark blue (map Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment)
These numbers also mean that around 320,000 people have no access to safe water in Pallisa district. It was therefore decided that ILF is to drill six new oreholes in the vicinity of health clinics.
After a courtesy call to the authorities, other stakeholder and to introduce ILF as an organization, it was time to pay an official visit to the authorities of Pallisa. It is not only important that people know who you are and what you do, but it is equally important to get a formal agreement to work in that district.
Now the ILF office is based in Lira and to drive to Pallisa in the rainy season takes up to five hours or more of driving, a lot of which on dirt roads. Passing through some wet spots We finally got there and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the chief of the district went remarkably fast. After that it was time for some chit chat with various people and explain to more people who we are and what we do and what we intend to do. People appreciate that in rural areas. The next day we headed back to Lira on the long and difficult road.
Next week the work will start in Pallisa seriously now, but a lot of logistical work still needs to be done in
We’ll keep you posted on the progress.