Miss Uganda Launches Victoria University Safe Water Project

Miss Uganda Leah [L] launching the project

Miss Uganda Leah Kalunguka yesterday launched a health and safe water program for the less advantaged communities in the slums of Kampala.

At Victoria University’s Open Career Day event  held in Kampala yesterday, clinic the reigning Miss Uganda applauded the architects of the philanthropic project for the big heart.

Dubbed Mazzi Bulamu, ask [Water is Health], view the program was born by three Victoria University students, Martha Mambafu, Cecilia Batte and Deborah Kitonsa.

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Winfred, Cecilia and Martha

Deborah, Cecilia and Martha

“It’s indeed an honor being called to flag off such a noble program, that is geared to enhance consumption of safer water, especially at a time, when our city is riled with perilous water borne diseases,” said the beauty queen Kalanguka.

According to one of the project founders Martha, this is a special class project to identify and rectify the most common challenges facing city slum dwellers.

The students with members of the benefiting community

The students with members of the benefiting community

It’s on premise that she together with two other colleagues Cecilia and Deborah all public health students embarked on this project to help provide access to clean water in the slum of Kiganda zone in Kawempe division.

“When we visited Kawempe we realized the community was at a risk of typhoid, cholera, dysentery and malaria” said Winfred. “The open man holes, pits and poor drainage channels all posed as a great threat,” she said.

Initially their plan was to help fill the man holes but this would require more money than they could afford so they resorted to rehabilitating some of the water sources.

“This is a worthy cause and having the Miss Uganda involved will help boost our efforts. We appeal to other charity organizations and stakeholders to join hands and help us make a change in our people’s lives,” said Kitonsa.


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