HEWASA PROGRAMME

BACKGROUND  

The Health through Water and Sanitation (HEWASA) programme is one of the major social services and economic development programmes of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Portal through which water and sanitation services are delivered to the rural communities within the Diocese. The programme was started as a pilot water and sanitation project in 1994 and later on, in 1996, was changed into an extended programme delivering an integrated package of water development as well as household and school hygiene and sanitation improvement services. Since its inception, HEWASA Programme has consistently provided Safe Water supply and Sanitation improvement services to the rural population within its area of operation. 

 ORGANIZATIONAL ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS

 

 

 

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Legal name

 

 

Health through Water and Sanitation Programme :

 

Diocesan Social Services and Development Programme  CARITAS Fort Portal

 

 

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Registration number

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Acronym

 

 

HEWASA Programme – DSSD CARITAS Fort Portal

 

 

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Legal address

 

 

 

Physical address

 

Katumba zone, Kijanju ward, South Division, Fort Portal Municipality

 

 

Postal address

 

 

P.O. Box 756, Fort Portal, Uganda

 

 

 

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Contact person

 

 

Names

 

Andrew Katorotorwa

 

 

Title

 

Mr.

 

 

Position

 

Executive Programme Manager

 

 

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Phone and fax numbers

 

Phone no. (office)

 

 

+256 (0) 483 422305

 

Mobile no.

 

+256 772649190

 

 

Fax no.

 

+256 (0) 483 422072

 

 

 

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E-mail address

 

Official e-mail address

 

 

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Contact person e-mail

 

 

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Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Legal Status of HEWASA Programme – CARITAS Fort Portal

CARITAS Fort Portal is the Social Services and Development Commission under the Diocese of Fort Portal through which the Diocese offers a range of Social Services and community development interventions to the wider population within the Diocese and beyond. The Health through Water and Sanitation Programme (HEWASA Programme) is one such Programme under CARITAS Fort Portal through which Water and Sanitation Services are offered to the communities within the region. CARITAS Fort Portal is registered with the Central Government with a mandate to offer a range of social services and economic development programmes to the population within the region.

 

 Geographical Area of Operation of HEWASA Programme

The geographical area of operation of HEWASA Programme covers the entire region of Fort Portal Diocese which is comprised of the six Districts in Western Uganda namely Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kyegegwa Districts. However, depending on the need, HEWASA Programme has also implemented projects outside the Diocese in areas like Bushenyi, Kasese and Masindi District, among others.

PURPOSE STATEMENT

Vision

A healthy, enlightened population free from poverty and disease.

Strategic objectives
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Provide Integrated Safe Water Supply, Hygiene and Sanitation Improvement Services to the rural underserved and marginalized communities within the Diocese.

.Build and strengthen the capacity of the partner NGOs, CBOs, PSOs and Local Governments within the Diocese to effectively provide WASH services.

.Lobby and advocate for the delivery of effective, efficient and equitable safe water development, hygiene and sanitation improvement services to the communities by the responsible Local Government service providers

.Strengthen Sector Coordination, networking, collaboration and information sharing among the different sector actors at Sub County, District, regional and national level.

 Main thematic areas of HEWASA Programme

 Provision of Safe Water Supply Services

In the provision of safe water supply, HEWASA employs a range of technologies among which include the following:

·                  Construction of shallow wells

·                  Construction of improved springs

·                  Construction of ordinary springs

·                  Construction of rainwater harvesting ferro-cement tanks

·                  Construction of Gravity Flow Schemes

2.         Provision of Household and School Hygiene and Sanitation Improvement Services

3.         Water Sector Policy monitoring, advocacy and influencing 

4.         Capacity building of Local Governments and Partner NGOs, CBOs and PSOs 

5.         Networking and Regional Coordination

6.         Action-Research in the Water and Sanitation Sector

 

Cross cutting Issues

HEWASA Programme ensures that the following cross-cutting issues are mainstreamed in all its Safe Water Development, Hygiene and Sanitation Improvement Projects:

·                     Environment conservation and climate change

·                     Gender

·                     HIV and AIDS

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

The organizational structure of HEWASA has 04 major distinct levels. These levels are:

The Legal Holder

The Diocese of Fort Portal, represented since June 2003 by the new Bishop, Rt. Rev. Robert Muhiirwa, is the owner and legal holder of HEWASA Programme. The Diocesan Development Bureau – CARITAS Fort Portal, headed by the Director, has the function of coordinating, monitoring & supervising all the Development Programmes of the Diocese, including HEWASA.

The Governance level

CARITAS Fort Portal has in place a Governance board comprised of eight persons as shown in table 2.0 below.

Table 1.0 Governance Board members of CARITAS Fort Portal

Name

 

Profession

 

Sex

Job position

Position on the board

 

Monsignor Isaiah Mayombo

 

Priest

 

M

 

Vicar General, Fort Portal Municipality

 

 

Chairperson

 

Fr.Musana Joseph

 

Priest

 

M

 

Caritas Director Fort Portal Diocese

 

 

Secretary

 

Fr. John Viany Makanda

 

Priest

 

M

 

Diocesan Chancellor, Fort Portal Municipality

 

Member

 

Mr. Dennis Mugarra

 

Business Consultant

 

M

 

Director, Private Sector Consultancy

 

Member

Mrs Victoria Businge Rusoke

Administrator

F

Woman Member of Parliament, Kabarole District

Member

The Management level   

The Bishop, as the legal holder of the Programme, delegates authority for the management of the Programme to the Executive Programme Manager. Also in place is the Senior Management Team (SMT) which provides advisory support to the Programme Manager.

Operational level

Is comprised of the technical and support staff who carry out most of the field and office based activities of the Programme respectively.

Core Technical Staff of HEWASA Programme

 

No.

 

Unit / Department

 

Position

 

Number

 

 

1

 

Administration

 

Executive Programme Manager

1

Finance and Admin Unit head

1

Finance Officer

1

Driver

1

 

 

2

Engineering

Programme Engineer

1

Deputy Programme Engineer

1

 

 

3

Soft ware Unit

Community Support Unit Coordinator

1

Networking Officer

 

1

 

 

 

Total

 

08

                 

 HEWASA PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT

Executive Management

The executive management of HEWASA Programme is comprised of The Executive Programme Manager. Also in place is a Senior Management Team which provides advisory support to the Executive Programme Manager.

Financial Management

Fort Portal Diocese has developed and institutionalised the use of sound and transparent accounting and internal control systems contained within its revised Financial Accounting and Management Regulations (Diocesan Financial Policy), April 2005. As one of the Diocesan Programmes, HEWASA Programme also follows and puts to use these Financial Accounting and Management Regulations.

Financial Governance

The Programme Manager is the Accounting Officer of all funds disbursed to HEWASA Programme. Also in place is the Finance and Administration Unit of HEWASA Programme responsible for providing financial management and Administration support. All programme financial documents are subjected to auditing by external auditors at the end of each financial year. Furthermore, the Diocese has an Internal Audit Department headed by the Chief Internal Auditor who is responsible for carrying out regular internal audits.

Financial Reporting

Financial Audit reports are produced every financial year and submitted to the Programme Financiers and to the Board of Governors. The Programme’s Finance and Administration unit obtains monthly bank statements, which are carefully filed for reference. Furthermore, monthly bank reconciliation statement are prepared and carefully filed for audit and inspection.

  Procurement of Goods, Services and Works

Procurement of goods, services and works within HEWASA Programme are governed by the principles and guidelines contained within the Diocesan Financial Policy, 2005.

PROJECTS CURRENTLY BEING IMPLEMENTED BY HEWASA PROGRAMME

1.  The Rwenzori WASH Alliance (RWA) Programme

The Rwenzori WASH Alliance is a forum bringing together key development partners in the WASH sector in the Rwenzori region to respond to some of the issues affecting the sector. The alliance was formed for the purpose of coordinating and recognising different capacities and skills resident among the WASH partners that are capable of designing and implementing successful WASH programs in the region. HEWASA and JESE currently serve as the RWA implementing partners while SNV and PROTOS serve as technical support partners. The Rwenzori WASH Alliance is currently receiving funding from SIMAVI of Netherlands to support its planned activities.

2.     Rwenzori region Waste Management Project

HEWASA Programme is currently receiving financial and technical support from WASTE of Netherlands to implement a Waste Management project in the main urban centres within the region. The main goal of the project is to empower communities in the urban areas within the region to develop and undertake sustainable sanitation and solid waste management approaches that respond to their needs and have respect for the environment.

3.   Pilot Low Cost Drilling and Pumps Project

HEWASA Programme is currently receiving financial and technical support from Practica of Netherlands to pilot the use of low cost drilling and Pumps within the region. The purpose of this project is to provide alternative low cost drilling and pumps which are affordable to the Local population within the region.

4.     Post Conflict WASH Project

HEWASA Programme is currently implementing a Post Conflict WASH Project in the District of Masindi with financial support from the EU-Water Facility through the Water Aid Uganda Country Programme. The main objective of this project is to provide safe water supply, hygiene and sanitation services to the marginalized and underserved communities within the District.

5.    The Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF) Project

HEWASA Programme continues to serve as the coordinator of The Governance and Transparency Fund Programme within the Rwenzori region in Western Uganda. Started in 2008, this five-year programme aims at improving governance in the WASH Sector has been on-going within the region and expected to be continued until 2013. The funding for this Programme is provided from UKAID through the Water Aid Uganda Country Programme. The main goal of this Programme is to promote capability, accountability and responsiveness (the CAR principle) in the provision of safe water supply and sanitation services to the communities by facilitating pro-active dialogue and engagement between the civil society organizations, communities and Government service providers.

6.      The LeaPPS Action Research

HEWASA Programme has been implementing the LeaPPS Action Research project since October 2008. LeaPPS stands for Learning for Policy and Practice in rural Household and Primary School Sanitation and Hygiene. The project aims at piloting Fossa alterna and Arboloo ecosan latrines in the communities and schools in Kyenjojo and Kamwenge District. The funding for this project is provided by SIMAVI through NETWAS.

The Community Empowerment Project (CEP)

With technical and financial support from SNV, HEWASA Programme is currently implementing two components of the Community Empowerment Project in the two Districts of Kyenjojo and Kasese namely the School and Community WASH components of the project. The overall goal of the school WASH component of the CEP Project is to contribute to increased access to quality education through structured parent’s involved in school activities. The Programme also aims at increasing access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in the primary schools in the two Districts of Kasese and Kyenjojo. The overall objective of the community WASH component of the CEP Project is to contribute to increased access to safe water and sanitation in households by 11.5%, having at least 90% functional water facilities sustained by the users, decreasing the number of water bone diseases in communities by 22%, improve latrine coverage by 100%, reducing walking distances to safe water sources to 1.2 km and improved hygienic behaviour in communities by 22%

The DANIDA NGO Fund Programme for improving Governance in the Water Sector

HEWASA Programme is currently implementing a Programme for improving Governance in the Water Sector with support from the DANIDA NGO Fund.  The overall objective of this project is to improve governance in the provision of safe water services by developing the capacities of the Local Governments to be more responsive to the service needs of the underserved communities. The project also aims at ensuring that the Local Governments are more accountable and responsive to safe water needs of the disadvantaged communities. Furthermore, the project empowers the communities to demand for their rights to safe water supply and promotes evidence based advocacy in order to secure the rights of the communities to these services.

 

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS OF HEWASA PROGRAMME

HEWASA continues to collaborate with other local, national and international organizations active in the Safe Water Supply and Sanitation sector. Among these include the following:

SNV-Netherlands Development Organization

SNV engaged HEWASA Programme to act as its Local Capacity Builder (LCB) for other NGOs within the region. As result, HEWASA Programme is currently implementing the Community Empowerment Programme (CEP) in the two Districts of Kyenjojo and Kasese.

Water Aid Uganda

HEWASA remains the Rwenzori region coordinator for the WaterAid Uganda funded Governance and Transparency Funds (GTF) Programme. Similarly, with funding from Water Aid Uganda, HEWASA Programme is also currently implementing a Post Conflict WASH Project in the two Sub Counties of Budingo and Bwijanga located in Masindi District.

 

 Water for People

 ‘Water for People’ chose HEWASA Programme to act as its Local Development partner in Kyenjojo District. With financial and technical support from Water for People, HEWASA Programme implemented the ‘Sanitation Improvement Project’ as well as a ‘Water Supply’ project in Kyarusozi Sub County, Kyenjojo District.

 Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET)

HEWASA Programme continues to serve as the Rwenzori regional coordinator for UWASNET responsible for coordinating all the UWASNET activities within the region.

UNICEF

With funding from UNICEF, HEWASA Programme conducted a study to investigate ‘hand washing with soap’ practice at critical times of the day among mothers and care-givers.

NETWAS

NETWAS continues to provide financial support to HEWASA Programme to implement the LeaPPS action research in the two Districts OF Kyenjojo and Kamwenge.

 SIMAVI

SIMAVI has provided funding to support the WASH interventions within the region under the Rwenzori Wash Alliance arrangement. HEWASA Programme serves as the lead agency within the Rwenzori WASH Alliance.

WASTE

WASTE continues to provide technical and financial support to HEWASA Programme to implement a WASTE Management Programme within the Rwenzori region

PRACTICA

Practica is currently providing technical and financial support to HEWASA Programme to pilot low-cost water supply options / technologies within the region

DANIDA

HEWASA Programme is currently implementing a ‘WASH Sector Governance Improvement Programme’ within the region with funding from DANIDA.