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Water Tanks, Water Source Protection, Fuel Efficient Stove Training, WASH sensitisation

88 Water Tanks in Primary Schools; 69 Protected Springs; 4 Hand Dug Wells; 
over 1,000 smokeless stoves; 222 locally elected, trained committees managing their own projects;
and a lot of WASH teaching and WASH awareness murals.

11 years; a lot of hard work; a lot of fun; and a big DIFFERENCE.

Rain Water Harvesting-TANKS
Clean, safe drinking water-WATER SOURCE
Energy Saving, Fuel Efficient-STOVES


Community baseline survey identifying the most urgent projects, feeding into Phase 2; understanding expectations


Preparation - sensitising and mobilising community partners; collecting materials


Implementation - construction of water tanks; protection of water sources; stove construction training; establishing & training committees


Monitoring projects; supporting & further training of committees 

Every Little BIG Africa project is conducted over 4 phases. There are no time restrictions to these phases and they are based on community participation, time and finances available.

Phase One
The first stage is the Research and Preparation. We have an ongoing baseline survey taking place throughout Manafwa which will eventually cover every village and school within this large district. This survey, alongside local government information, helps us to identify the most neediest communities and schools in the project area and opens up dialogue between a community (whether a school community or village community) and LBA.

This is also an important time for both partners (LBA and the community) to understand each other's expectations, and for LBA to assess the interest and willingness for a community to partner with LBA on potential projects. No project is forced on a community: sometimes a school or a community is not willing or not ready at that time, and LBA respects this. It is vital for the sustainability and maintenace of a project that the community embraces the project as their own.

As a result of Phase One, LBA is constantly identifying and grading potential communities throughout Manafwa based on their need and feasibility for the project. This includes communities in desperate need of clean water, schools without access to water, and households struggling to cook more than one meal a day.
Phase Two
Phase two is the Preparation Stage. Using the baseline survey, LBA approaches identified schools and communities to begin preparation for Phase 3, whether it is protecting a water source, building a water tank in a primary school or training community members in energy efficient stoves. A series of meetings take place with project stakeholders - both men and women from the community, including young people, local leaders at district, sub county, parish and village level, School Management Committees, PTAs, Headteachers, Teachers, parents and pupils and neighbours to name a few. There is no set number of meetings we hold, but it is rarely less than three to increase the community involvment, knowledge, understanding and participation in the project. 

All LBA projects have a community contribution of locally available materials, which is more often than not collected free of charge from around the community, and all projects utilise local voluntary labour which is also mobilised through the sensitisation meetings. Once everything is in place and contracts signed construction begins.


Phase Three

This is the Implementing stage of the project. It is where the actual construction takes place and by the end of this stage there is a protected water source, water tank in a Primary School or fuel efficient stoves in place.

During this phase, LBA supports the community to elect a local committee to maintain the project, as well as provide training for the committees on how to maintain their project. Committees set up an annual action plan to guide their work. With the stoves, committees are formed in individual villages of stove users to continue training and facilitating stove construction at household level and support stove owners in usage and post constructon maintenance.

Phase 3 also sees LBA providing extensive WASH awareness training for both communities and schools including on the Safe Water Chain, Handwashing, local Water Purification methods and maintenance of community water sources and water tanks.

Phase 3 is often supported by ACTION SITARU, an international volunteering component where volunteers from around the world join us in Uganda to support Team LBA with the construction, formation of committees and training. Volunteers undergo a throrough 8 day training before being placed in teams in a specific community to support projects which they have also fundraised for. For more information about Action Sitaru and the role of international volunteers visit the volunteering page.

Phase Four

Phase 4 is the monitoring stage. This is the most important but most commonly forgotten stage, with estimates that over 97% of projects are never revisited by the implementing partner. LBA visits every committee and their respective project at least 3 times a year. Every year. This is irrespective of whether they were built 1 year, 5 years or 10 years ago. Using their action plans as a focus point, we listen to the committees to hear their success stories and their challenges, and work with them to share committee successes throughout the project area to increase the participation and effectiveness of each committee. We also provide any up to date training needed and facilitate new action plans where appropriate .

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