Rainwater Harvesting for a Better Livelihood (RwHBL)
Explain your idea in details:
Northern Uganda receives too much water when not needed and no water at all when needed most; this is a result of climate change that has already led to food insecurity in the 20-years war affected region of Uganda and besides this, the hungry region lacks even just safe water for domestic use. RwHBL is emerging to bridge that gap by promoting community based adaptation to the climate change, Participatory vulnerability assessment, Ecosystems adaptation planning, resilience building and implementation (monitoring and providing vocational training) to invest in managing not controlling food security and safe water for domestic use. The community based adaptation process will engage youth in rainwater harvesting processes to sensitize the smallholder farmers communities, provide skilled and unskilled labor. The objective of this project is to be a leading center of excellence in climate change adaptation and innovations that will enhance sustainable development in Northern Uganda and Uganda as a whole. Mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge and innovations in order to foster food security and safe water acquisition for domestic use in Northern Uganda without leaning on the Uncaring Government. By 2028, 90% households of smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda should be able to trap rainwater and use during dry seasons for home consumption and surplus to water their crops; to ensure stable food security and quality water for home uses in Northern part of the Country.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
This project looks at smallholder farmers as the key priority audience since most of them have naively deeper imprints on the global climate as most of them in northern part of Uganda are illiterate and basically ignorant about how their activities (wetland reclamation) affect our climate. If all or most farmers in Northern Uganda admit to use rainwater for irrigation during dry seasons, then we shall save the major wetlands from encroachments. When this is done, then Uganda will have only one challenge; encroachment on the forests which I intent to leave for other people to take care of. The moment less or no encroachments are registered on wetlands, and people at accessing clean and safe waters for their domestic water needs cheaply without leaning on the deaf and blind government, everyone is able to produce what is enough, first to support his family and maybe sell the surplus, then I'll count this a very good beginning. However, this idea is not limited to this because I am a flexible man who loves to handle or adjust to conditions as they emerge. By 2028, I expect every Ugandan to have access to clean and safe water for domestic use, be able to produce food enough to support the over growing populations of the country. Smallholder farmers are also expected to educate their children from the rewards of using rainwater as one of the best water management practices to enhance agricultural productivity without sacrificing the environment at the expense of producing food; which in turn can naively pose more threats to our food security as noted by rapidly changing climate that have caused crop failure, disease outbreaks, soil degradation, wetlands destruct ions among others. This project is a real deal for our climate, and environmental restoration. Imagine that we stopped wetland reclamation toady.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The project has already incorporated the local youth at the very initial stage of researching the most suitable implementations areas and the local communities are already demonstrating a very high degree of willingness to sacrifice their lands and small funding to facilitate the activities which is aimed at basically enhancing their livelihoods. Every member of the community who buys the idea shall pay 200,000 (Uganda Shillings) for the purchase of systems building materials, and shall provide land for the construction. However, simple requirements such as bricks and cement shall also be provided by the individual member that will need to install the rainwater harvesting system in his land. This means that the process of establishment will be purely participatory based; community contributing a share, while youth engage in providing these services including myself shall give free labor, as we struggle to lobby funds from the Non-governmental Organisations to ease the load on the communities and the inventor. Currently no other financing body as so agreed to give a hand to this project but I hope for the best as time goes by. For communities that are interested and cannot afford the amount allocated, I and my working team shall construct the system for them on loan basis and give them time to pay back on installments in specified time range with a small interest rate that shall be discussed by the officials that will issue receipts to the trusted customers depending on their willingness to demonstrate ability to pay their loans as scheduled. The collaborating organisation is Makerere University Center for Climate Change Research and Innovations (MUCCRI), that will basically provide mentoring services for Ecosystems-Based and Community-Based adaptation to Climate Change; this partner will provide also vocational training services and institutionalization of youth participation in climate.
I am 23 years old, was born in Lira District, Northern Uganda; on 20/04/1994 to Ometo John Edward and Ajok Lilly Ometo. I am currently pursuing bachelor's of science in fisheries and water resources management in Bustema University at the faculty of natural resources and environmental sciences. I grew up in our 20 years war affected family, meeting challenges of safe and clean drinking water, and environmental problems that made food always not enough to support our poor but extensively large family. As I grew up I realized I had a chance to change all that was in our family's face into joy by ensuring clean and safe water from rain and the excess to be used in in our small farms to produce vegetables during dry seasons, but now I've grown bigger and I feel I have the knowledge and the biggest picture from the very littlest ideas that saved our family the threats of hunger soon after the long war. I have participated in many international training such as 11th Climate Based Adaptations international conference hosted by Makerere University Center for Climate Change and Research and Innovations (MUCCRI), participated in the goi peace foundation's international essay under the theme "learning from nature " among others for which I was recognized. This gave me the strength that i now base on to stick to my focus that my one kilogram brain can find an alternative for the Northern Uganda's starving and thirsty people. I'm motivated by hard work, confidence, love for nature and belief in self esteems and capacities; a reason I never fail to achieve whatever set objectives, when I need, whenever I need to.