BENEFITING: Nourish International
Chapters: Hope College and Georgia Tech
Partner Organization: Uganda Rural Development and Training (URDT)
Hope College and Georgia Tech Nourish will work with Uganda Rural Development and Training (URDT) to partner with a girls school in Uganda to support the girls and their parents construct water tanks and bio-sand water filters that will provide good-quality water for the girls in the school.
Need: Although the Ugandan government provides universal primary and secondary education, these education programs do not show direct impact on the students, as many still show below-average literacy, principle, and entrepreneurial citizenship. This mostly affects people in the rural communities, girls in particular, due to embedded social, cultural, and economic structures.
Implementation: URDT Girls’ School uses the Unique 2 generation (2G) model to empower young girls and their families. When a student joins the URDT girls’ school, the school educates both her and her family via the 2G model. The families are taught and encouraged to develop constructive aspirations. The school then works closely with the families to help them achieve their goals by teaching them entrepreneurial and agricultural skills.
Measuring and Ensuring Success: We intend to measure success by the increasing quantity and quality of clean and safe water that will be made available to the girls at their school. We will build self-sustainability by having both the parents and students working with us to ensure that the students will have continued access to clean and safe water even after the end of the project.
Long-term impact: Since both the students and their parents will participate in the construction of the facilities, they will obtain necessary knowledge and skills relating to this project. With the knowledge and experience, they will be capable of continuing building water tanks in their own homes. Beside the water quality project, the students will continue to recognize the value of education and become models for younger children.
URDT is a non-governmental organization that is located in rural western Uganda. URDT focuses on education with the intent of empowering marginalized people living in rural communities in Uganda. URDT is especially invested in the education of girls and women through their girls’ school and a newly started African Rural University. URDT operates on 5 working premises, one of them being people are key to their own development. On that premise, URDT strives to invest in and empower people to be the drivers of their own development. For additional information, please visit www.urdt.net.