- Arua One Fm management has offered for talk shows as a way of mobilizing the participants.
- The refugee is to take place on May 20 with starting and end at Arua Hill grounds
- Already participants are buying tickets at Shs 20,000 from Daily Monitor offices, Arua Bureau, Arua One and other points
- Uganda hosts over 1.2 million refugees and during last year’s Refugee Summit in Kampala, the heads of states across the world mobilized some funds but it is not enough to manage the crisis
Arua-The supply of water for the thousands of South Sudan refugees in the settlement camps remain a challenge.
And now Hai Agency Uganda Limited together with NGOs and banking institutions have organized Run for Refugees, which proceeds will be used to provide water in the camps and host communities.
The Organising Committee Official from Hai Agency, Charles Opolot, said during a meeting that: “Both the host communities and refugees need adequate water because during dry season people spend hours at the water points. We hope that the money collected from the Run will be used to provide adequate water which will also eliminate cases of violence.”
About 8,730 m3 of water is provided to Bidibidi Settlement mainly through water trucking and the 33 operational hand-pumps. The Obongi water treatment unit is now operational and supplying an average of 100 m3 of water per day for trucking to Bidibidi. A piped water system was completed and provides water to 30 tap stands in Zone 1.
Three additional boreholes were drilled leading to a total of five boreholes in Zone 2. Five further boreholes are planned for this Zone.
During the planning meeting for the Refugee Run, Emergence Response Manager for OXFAM, Joseph Okuda, said: “In Ofua III and Bidi bidi Zone 5, people still make long queues for water. They spend over three hours waiting for water. We want to eliminate water trucking because it is expensive and inefficient. If we can have solar powered provision of water, this will save both the refugees and host communities.”
Recently, Danish Refugee Council through funding from Irish Aid, installed 190 solar panels in Imvepi settlement camp to pump water for the refugees and host communities.
According to Wash Coordinator for Danish Refugee Council, Daphne Mandhawun, said the solar panels that were with a funding from UK Aid of Shs 2 billion, will supply water to 23,000 refugees.
“We already have 22 water tanks installed and this will enable us pump enough water and scale down water crisis and violence that usually erupt at water points,” she said.