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Pupils at Outspan Primary School in Bwaise, a poor, flood-prone neighbourhood in Kampala, Uganda, are learning how to collect meteorological data – and, along the way, something about how climate change increasingly will affect their lives. Two times a day they measure the amount of rain that has fallen over the past several hours at their school grounds. They then jot down observations on the duration of the rainfall and its effect in terms of flooding of their school yard.
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UN-Habitat in partnership with the Coca-Cola Foundation has launched a water, sanitation and hygiene project that will benefit over 8,000 students in 8 schools in Uganda. The project is expected to provide a model approach to improving water and sanitation in urban schools through collaboration with the private sector.
Kisumu, 11 Nov 11 UN-HABITAT announced Friday it will be expanding its successful Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative to fifteen more cities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi, with support of US$4.2 million from the African Development Bank.
The announcement came during a visit to the sites by key international government representatives to see first-hand the work in Kenya's Kisumu, Bondo and Homa Bay municipalities in the West of the country.
Johannesburg, 17 Nov 09 - City managers from 18 cities across Africa met in Johannesburg in recent days to review progress of UN-HABITAT's Water for African Cities' Programme.
The meeting was held at the second Africa Water Week at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Johannesburg, November 8-14.
The Water for African Cities' Programme will place greater emphasis on improving sanitation among the urban poor and enhancing the technical and managerial capacity of local utilities to absorb and manage increased levels of investments in the water and …
Lira, Uganda, 15 Jul 09 - New homes built by UN-HABITAT for teachers in the district of Lira in northern Uganda will attract female teachers in a community recovering from two decades of war and in need of strong female role models, say local school inspectors.
Helen Achan was a teacher for 15 years and now works as a school inspector. In rural areas of Lira that were badly affected by fighting between the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan forces, Ms. Achan has found that schools have few female teachers and some have none at all.
Nairobi, 14 Jul 09 - Mrs.
Lira, 6 Jul 09 - UN-HABITAT Executive Director, Mrs Anna Tibaijuka last week attended a ceremony on in Northern Uganda, to celebrate the completion and presentation to the district of Lira of 64 new homes for teachers built by UN-HABITAT for 16 schools accommodating some 10,000 pupils.
The event was organized by Uganda's Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Lira District and UN-HABITAT, illustrating how the work is helping to rehabilitate the area after two decades of rebel war in Northern Uganda.
Mutukula, Uganda, 3 Jul 09 - Things are looking up for some 15,000 residents of Mutukula town on the Ugandan-Tanzanian border with the recent launch of a water project backed by UN-HABITAT.
Uganda's Minister for Water and Environment Ms. Maria Mutagamba presided over the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the UN-HABITAT project which will provide clean water to the residents.
Entebbe, Uganda, 27 Apr 09 - Ministers responsible for water in East Africa have backed a proposal to expand a UN-HABITAT initiative aimed at benefiting towns in the region.
In a joint statement after a historic April 22-23 meeting bringing together water ministers, senior officials including permanent secretaries from both the water and finance ministries, and development partners in Entebbe, Uganda, the ministers cited the positive impacts a UN-HABITAT Lake Victoria water and sanitation initiative is having on towns around the continent's greatest lake.
They also called on …
04/03/2009, Mutukula, Uganda - The Uganda Minister for Water and Environment Hon. Maria Mutagamba plants a tree to commemorate the launch of the micro-credit /revolving fund for sanitation in Mutukula.
Uganda 's Minister for Water and Environment Ms Maria Mutagamba and the Tanzanian Commissioner for Kageria Region retired Mr.
UN-HABITAT has launched a project in the Lake Victoria region to help accelerate access to improved sanitation for poor women and vulnerable households through a micro credit/revolving fund scheme.
In Kenya, the project, which was launched from 8 - 12 December 2008 is being implemented in Bondo, Homa bay and Kisii through a partnership with a non governmental organisation, Sustainable Aid in Africa International (SANA).
In Uganda, the project will be implemented by Uganda Environmental Protection Forum (UEPF) in Nyendo, Masaka, Kyotera and Mutukula, while in Tanzania, the project …
Nairobi - Concerned about the increasing environmental problems of the Lake Victoria Basin, East African Ministers of Water commended UN-HABITAT on its leadership role in the design and implementation of the Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative.
The Ministers, who were in Nairobi on September 5 for a meeting organised by UN-HABITAT to review the progress of the initiative, resolved to fully support the implementation of the current and next phases of the programme by committing their Governments to contribute the necessary counterpart funds.
They also agreed to address the …
Nairobi - UN-HABITAT announced on Tuesday that it had appointed a seasoned Special Advisor with global expertise to assist the Ugandan government and local authorities in the former Gulu conflict zone in northern Uganda. Mr. Peter Donde, a Kenyan national, is a veteran of special projects in Somalia, Sudan, Myanmar, Iraq, Indonesia, Tanzania and Kenya.
Some 2 million people have been displaced in northern Uganda due to conflict and civil war. The majority have lived for decades in poor conditions in some 200 camps in the region.
Nairobi - Working in collaboration with two Kenyan engineering firms, UN-HABITAT has developed innovative tractor trailer system and a small pick up vehicle to meet the solid waste collection needs of small towns.
In a clear demonstration of public-private sector partnership which it has been championing, UN-HABITAT tapped Farm Engineering Industries Limited based in the western Kenya town of Kisumu and Ndume Engineering of Gilgil town, also in Kenya to develop the inventions..
'This is going to be a major boost in our war against waste in the municipality,' said a technician …
Jinja, Uganda - Margaret Mugweri is a very happy woman because of having a better roof over her head.
For years, like many languishing in the world's urban centres, the 45 year-old had to contend with landlords who charged an arm and a leg for housing.
Barr, Northern Uganda - With the security situation improving in Northern Uganda, UN-HABITAT is working with thousands of homeward-bound Internally Displaced Persons to clean up the camps in which they sought refuge for years from insurgents of a movement called the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
UN-HABITAT, in partnership with German NGO, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), has started to phase out camps in the town of Barr as part of a wider closure campaign funded by USAID in collaboration with UNHCR and Christian Children's Fund (CCF).
In Lira district, where Barr is …
Nairobi - UN-HABITAT in collaboration with the Governments of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and with financial support from the Government of the Netherlands has embarked on a water and sanitation project in four towns around Lake Victoria.
The project, which will entail infrastructure rehabilitation and capacity building, is designed to assist towns in the Lake Victoria area meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on water and sanitation, that is, to halve the number of people without access to water and sanitation facilities.
The Lake Victoria Water and Sanitation Initiative, …
Mexico City, 23 March 2006 - UN-HABITAT and the African Development Bank (ADB) have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding to improve urban water and sanitation in African cities in coming years with Bank funding worth 500 million US dollars.