Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Construction Of Ecofriendly Toilets In Kamwokya Complete, Ready For Handover

In Uganda, many schools in impoverished communities lack sanitary facilities like toilets or pit latrines. This puts the health of learners and teachers at stake due to poor hygiene. It is even worse for schools in ghetto areas that lack enough land and space to construct and expand these facilities.

Sometimes, it has taken the intervention of philanthropic organizations through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs for such communities to have better sanitary facilities. The latest beneficiary of this giving spirit is Good Samaritan High School in Nsooba, a ghetto community sitting between Kamwokya and Kyebando.

In June last year, The Ruparelia Foundation and partners announced it would spend proceeds from The Royal Ascot Goat Races to undertake an Eco Brick Toilet CSR project to build toilets aimed at improving sanitation at the Good Samaritan Primary School. True to their word, construction of the toilets commenced in December.

And now, The Ruparelia Foundation has said the Eco Brick Toilet Project construction works have been completed and the toilet facility will this week be handed over to the beneficiary on Friday 2nd October. The project was conducted in partnership with Ghetto Research Lab in Kamwokya.

Sheena Ruparelia, Trustee Ruparelia Foundation, confirmed that the project has been completed successfully and ready for the unveiling and eventual handover to Good Samaritan High School. Noah Kisira, the headteacher of the school described the completed project work as magnificent.

The eco-friendly project has consumed 13.2 ton of recycled material including polytherene commonly known as kaveera. The 10 toilets that will be handed over on Friday have been built using cement, timber, concert stones and hard-core stones, eco bottle bricks (bottles stuffed with polytherene), sand, iron bars, nails, iron sheets and water.

The project has had a multiplier impact on the ghetto communities in Nsooba, Kamwokya and Kyebando. It has been revealed that 50 community members were taught the skill of making these eco-friendly bricks, 100 community members earned from building the structure and 500 students will now return to the school which had been closed due to lack of sanitary facilities.

Naiya Ruparelia, Trustee Ruparelia Foundation, said The Ruparelia Foundation is excited to be the partner on the ground making sure that the funds donated to this project are put directly to the right use. Patrick Mujuzi, Founder Ghetto Research Lab Uganda, said the project is going to be a solution to the environmental challenges in the ghetto and the diseases that arise due to poor hygiene.

The objectives of the project are to empower the youth with hands-on skills through research on composted manure, technology, urban/smart farming vocational training and employment opportunities and to preserve, protect and propagate the significance of sustainable development of maintaining ecological balance through tree planting and urban farming.

Other objectives are to improve sanitation within the slum areas through waste recycling and achieve the green agenda through environmental conservation by recycling the plastics and polytherene into eco-bricks, plastic pavers, flower pots, plastic rooftops etc.

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When The Ruparelias Defied COVID19 & Toured Kidepo Valley National Park

The tourism sector is slowly coming back to life after the COVID19 pandemic brought all travel plans to a halt. But as people continue to live with the virus, travel enthusiasts are back on the road going places.

In Uganda, the tourism fraternity is opening up with caution – the hotels and national parks have been opened and functioning as by the set Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other health guidelines.

After close to seven months of no major travel, businessman Sudhir Ruparelia took time off and travel to the North Eastern part of the country with his family. The destination was Kidepo Valley National Park.

Ruparelia, arguably the richest man in Uganda and a tourism enthusiast and conservationist, according to Africa Tembelea, conducted on a game drive on arrival to the park, and within about twenty minutes his family spotted a lion. Also spotted giraffes, kobs, zebras and other wild birds and animals.

“Can you imagine within 20 minutes of landing we are actually able to see a lion! This is Kidepo National Game Park for you, it’s my second time here,” Sudhir said. Dr. Ruparelia called on all those who have not visited this amazing park to do so if there is an opportunity.

“It’s a place that one needs to visit from wherever you are in the world-Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda, truly the Pearl of Africa,” he said.

Gazetted in 1962, Kidepo Valley National Park tucked in the corner of Uganda’s border with South Sudan and Kenya is truly one of Uganda’s spectacular parks. It is an area of classic beauty with vast and myriad herds of wildlife roaming freely through untamed nature.

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