By Iceta Scovin
Moyo-Supported by European Union Humanitarian Aid and United Nations, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Uganda has built and handed over several sanitation and hygiene facilities in Palorinya refugee settlement, Moyo district.
The facilities, which include latrines, bathing shelters, incinerators and garbage collection pits for both the South Sudanese refugees and host communities, were handed over to the office of the Prime Minister, UNHCR and the district local government, and will benefit more than 90,000 people.
Speaking to the beneficiaries at Lefori primary school, Ali Abdi, the IOM Uganda Chief of Mission said the construction was financed by the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (DG ECHO) and the United Nation’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
“The reason why the donors are supporting you with these facilities is so that you and your children are healthy enough to work, grow and prosper. Our hope and prayer is that you will make good use and take proper care of these facilities,” Mr Abdi said.
Due to the high number of refugees, there have been inadequate latrines and hand washing facilities in the camps. This has been blamed for the recent Cholera outbreak especially in Adjumani camps.
IOM also intends to do a piped water system to serve Palorinya settlement.
“This is a major investment which should help reduce over reliance on water trucking, an extremely expensive and unsustainable approach.” Abdi said.
Mr Ali Abdi, the Chief of Mission for International Organization of Migration speaking to beneficiaries at Lefori Primary school. Photos by Iceta Scovin.
European Union humanitarian support to IOM in West Nile now totals to Euros 2 million for the period between April 2017 and July 2018 respectively.”
Julius Kibet, the Lutheran World Federation Team Leader in Moyo, said: “This will go a long way in improving the hygiene and sanitation in this health centre. This is one of the biggest within the settlement helping a lot of people of the host community and refugees and we appreciate the donors’ support through your organization (IOM),” he said.
John Unzimai, a laboratory technician with Medical Teams International (MTI) attached to Idiwa health centre, said previously the facility had faced a lot of challenges especially on waste management.
“We had a lot of challenges and this facility has now solved our issues and whatever you have done. We are going to take care of it in terms of maintenance whatever is necessary,” he said.
Elishoma Jame, the head teacher of Belle primary school in Itula Sub County, said the school had only two latrines (Boys and Girls).
“There is improvement especially in the area of hand washing. Inside there a child will come clean because the hands are washed unlike the past and we appreciate the work you have done for the school. We will also work hard to improve the lives of refugees and the hosting Communities when there is something we share with them,” he said.
Mr Godfrey Byaruhanga, the settlement commandant in charge of Moyo and Adjumani districts, commended IOM for not only concentrating on schools and health centres, but also supporting other institutions like police posts and markets.
“There is need to take priority part in ensuring our police posts and the market also have the same facilities like latrines and garbage dumping site. The settlement has four police posts and all those need our attentions as far as WASH is concerned,” Byaruhanga said.