The AWS leadership contains most of the proven WaterSchool Uganda (WSU) veterans we have worked with for many years – John Ochieng is the Administration Director, Joseph Tumushime is Program Director, and an original founder of WSU, Jacques Masiko serves on the AWS Board.
Experienced new faces have also joined our team, with Professor Ponsiano Ocama, Dean of Medicine at Makerere University taking on the role of Board Chair. Our long time friend and mentor, Jane Otai, is bringing her vast experience to advise AWS on program strategy.
WaterSchool Canada has been very involved with this reorganization and is fully supportive and enthusiastic about the new, younger, more diverse team. Women now play a much greater role in our Ugandan team, holding several key management positions. Sarah Lutalo, CPA, is Director of Finance, Marion Adikin is manager of the Buikwe Branch, and Glory Awekonimungu is managing the Nebbi Branch.
Thanks to increasing support from our generous donors, this strengthening of operations in Uganda, via AWS, offers many opportunities for Water School to expand its geographic scope within the country and the extent and effectiveness of its programming.
AWS has opened a new branch in Buikwe, in a very poor region of southern Uganda, bringing hope to desperate people. We are now also funding more rainwater harvesting tank construction in schools, Health centres and homes, and we have added a whole new program on menstrual education and hygiene for girls to help them stay in school after puberty.
In addition, Jane Otai is also spearheading our newest aligned program to assist teenage mothers re-enter their communities.
The former entity Water School Uganda, still exists, but is no longer associated with Water School Canada, AWS or our work in Uganda.
We are already seeing event stronger results in every facet of the work in Uganda and are very appreciative of the AWS changes and the resultant increase in donor support .