Establishing healthy, dignified schools in rural Uganda

On October 16, Country Director Sarah Aguti presented the results and lessons learned of an ongoing project across 18 schools in Mutunda Sub-County in Kiryandongo, Uganda. The project invests in critical infrastructure and training for teachers and school leadership to provide a healthy, dignified learning environment for more than 14,000 children.

The Water Trust’s presentation highlighted the project’s focus on improving the school’s capacity to sustain the infrastructure, as well as to shift the focus of hygiene education from conceptual knowledge to practical exercises and small, doable actions. Looking forward, our experience suggests there is significant scope for more ambitious programming that aims to more fully integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into school curriculums in service of school learning objectives.

The presentation is available for download here. To be included on the distribution list for the forthcoming project evaluation (Dec 2017), please email

This project’s focus reflects The Water Trust’s broader programmatic philosophy. In the village context, The Water Trust has likewise targeted capacity-building to establish robust institutions to maintain water points and practical coaching to help households transform their home environment.

You can read more about how we have adapted the Village Savings and Loan Association methodology from the financial services sector and the Participatory Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment approach from the humanitarian sector in order to achieve significant improvements in proxy indicators for sustainability and hygiene and sanitation.