26
Feb
10

kavule parents’ school for the deaf

Sam Kateu is the founder of the Kavule Parents’ School for the Deaf located outside Mbale in Eastern Uganda. This boarding school, currently home to about 65 deaf and hearing impaired children, aims “to reduce illiteracy in deaf children and empower them economically”.  While the school already has an existing hand-dug well, it is not well-protected and often dries up to a measly 2-5 jerry cans a day in the dry season. Each day the students take 1-2 hours out of their classroom time to collect water from the spring in the nearest village where they often face bullying from the local children. The school also has two functioning rainwater harvesting systems which are used primarily for hand washing, cleaning and laundry and to supply water for the chickens they raise to sell their eggs locally.

Through a connection with World of Children – Ryan was the 2003 Founder’s Award recipient and Sam was the 2009 Humanitarian Award recipient – the Ryan’s Well Foundation had committed to fund the drilling of a borehole and the creation of specialised hygiene education material. Project Consultant, Tom Omach, and Eddie Odur from Rural Development Foundation (RDF) also recommend upgrading the current latrines and building a new latrine for the girls.  With RDF advising on the technical aspects of locating and drilling the well, the project should be on its way in the next couple of months.

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