By PATRICK JARAMOGI
KAMPALA-SHIFTMEDIA- Sanitation and hygiene has been boosted at KCCA Kamwokya Primary School thanks to support from the Uganda Association of Consulting Engineers and Future Leaders Uganda.
The renovation of the open drainage channel was critical to ensure hygiene and sanitation for the over 1,000 pupils at the school.
After a year of works, amidst Covid 19 lockdown and economic stress, the drainage was officially commissioned on Friday March 12 2021.
Officials from Kampala Capital City Authority, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Works and Transport, UACE, CoST Uganda Chapter and Future Leaders of the Uganda Association of Consulting Engineers attended.
Eng. Ronnie Musenze (Below) the Vice Chairperson UACE said the gesture is one of the Corporate Social Responsibility of UACE and its members.
He said the open drainage channel posed a health and safety risk as well as a security risk since it exposed students to foul water and other hazards disposed of from the nearby market and slums upstream.
“This is just the beginning of our CSR. We have as UACE also identified more three schools that we shall support in Kampala, though they are still under scrutiny. He said the challenge now is to solicit for funds to support the schools,” said Musenze.
Gloria Kemigisha the chairperson UACE Future leaders said despite the challenges, they are glad they completed the project
“As future leaders of the Uganda Association of Consulting Engineers, we commit to improve the public health measures implemented in schools and public spaces in partnership with our partners and key stakeholders,” said Kemigisha above.
The Headteacher KCCA Primary School Kamwokya Francis Katabira hailed UACE for supporting the renovation of the storm drainage channel.
“Whenever it would rain the storm water would flood causing untold suffering and health threats to our pupils. We are especially happy that this gift has come just before the rain season sets in,” said Katabira.
Mariam Namiya the Managing Director Reenboog Construction Services (rcs) that did the construction works said the project aimed at rebuilding the channel with precast concrete covers as well as increasing the size of the channel to accommodate the water runoff from upstream after heavy downpours.
The UACE Future leaders steering committee developed a budget that was approved by the council. They sought additional funding from Smartec Electronics Uganda Limited.