Kidera is in Rubongi Sub County, Tororo District and is located east of Kampala, the country's capital city. It is about 175 kilometers (approx.. 108 miles) from the city. According to the National Population and Housing Census, 2014 Rubongi sub county has a total of 6,989 households with a total population of 36,527 (17,810 male and 18,717 female). Kidera village has a total population of 4,206 (2,012 male and 2,194 female) with 780 households. It is a low income community mainly living on subsistence farming. Rubongi sub county has 4 Government Health Centres, Panyangasi Health Centre III being the nearest to Kidera Village.
After conducting a Community Needs Assessment in Kidera village, the Rotary Clubs of Sunrise-Kampala and Gaba intend to implement an adopt a village project concept in this area. The proposed project seeks to make multiple interventions that can create a holistic impact on the community.
1.Basic Education and Literacy
There is only one government aided school, Kidera Primary School, which lacks a number of amenities.
• The classrooms are not appropriately furnished resulting in the students sitting on the ground. Similarly, the teachers do not have desks and chairs.
• Classroom space is inadequate and the few classroom blocks in existence are overcrowded.
• The school lacks text books and blackboards.
• Solar lighting for the classrooms and students households (to assist in home study)
The project plans to acquire furniture, scholarstic materials and solar lighting for the Kidera Primary School. The total cost for this is US$ 23,162.47
2.Water and Sanitation
Kidera Primary School's pit latrines are in a sorry state. They are full, dilapidated and not enough for the pupils and staff. The girls and boys use the same latrines which makes it very difficult for the girls to have the necessary privacy.
The pit latrines at the Health Center are also full and very unhygienic for the patients to use.
Kidera Primary School has a borehole that it uses jointly with the surrounding community. This large number of users impacts negatively on the students because:
a) The students cannot afford to queue for long hours because of the school programme and there is no system in place that allows them any priority.
b) The borehole breaks down very often necessitating students and the community to travel long distances to fetch water from a well which is used by both the community and the animals. Distance and hygiene are our issues of concern.
c) The Health Center III serving this community has only one medium water tank which is not adequate for the number of patients. Accordingly, a bigger water tank is required.
The project plans to construct pit latrines, provide water tanks for Kidera Primary School and the community Health Center III. The total cost for this is US$ 20,113.97
3.Maternal and Child Health
There is no health center in Kidera Parish. The community uses the health center in Panyangasi Parish. This Health Center III was initially a Maternity Facility until government upgraded it to its current status, thereby necessitating provision of furniture, equipment and other resources necessary for a Health Center III. Those identified by the Needs Assessment include:
a) Additional space to accommodate an outpatient department and a laboratory. There are two dilapidated buildings belonging to the Health Center which we intend to rehabilitate in order to increase space.
b) Empower the girl-child with reproductive health information and services
c) Equipping the Health Center.
d) Solar power for the cooler
The projects plans to renovate two blocks at the Health Center III, equip the Health Center and conduct health training & health camps. The total cost for this is US$ 25,921.17
4. Economic and Community Development
The majority of the household in the community are below the poverty line and the burden of supporting the family depends mainly on the women whose only means of livelihood is subsistence farming; hence the need to empower the women to help themselves through:
a) Improved agricultural practices
b) Value addition of agricultural produce
c) Empowering the girl child. The girls in this community are very vulnerable. They usually drop out of school at the age of 13 years (on average 75%) and are either married off or become single mothers.
The project plans to train and provide agricultural inputs and equipment to the community; mentor and train the girl child in business skills. The total cost for this is US$ 36,197.26
Members of the Rotary Clubs of Sunrise-Kampala and Gaba will be implementing this project together and will be involved in promoting the project, raising funds, and managing the project activities.
It is envisaged that this project will run for three years.