ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples
After: Toilets made for children with disabilities.
Crestank Water Collection
The current location is in need of updating to become more safe, sanitary, and sustainable. Water Security at Noah’s Ark is a constant challenge; the center currently accesses water through two taps but consistent access to water is a struggle due to high water bills and shortages, forcing a reliance on unsafe water from Lake Victoria for cooking, washing and cleaning. A second challenge is safety around pooled water at Noah’s Ark, specifically during rainy seasons. Noah’s Ark recently experienced its first rainy season and quickly learned that when the heavy rains descend, flooding becomes a hazard within the compound. The hazard created by the collected water poses a dangerous risk to the safety of children since their disabilities elevate their risk of harm or drowning, especially since the height of flooding can reach 15 cm or roughly 6 inches.
Noah’s Ark seeks to provide a safe learning environment for the children it serves through the creation and implementation of innovative solutions. Therefore, the organization, in alignment with its history of turning challenges into assets, hopes to collect the excess floodwaters in order to provide a clean source of drinking water, decrease flooding, and decrease reliance on billed water through the installation of two 1000 L collection tanks at the cost of 620 USD or 2,079,000 UGX, supported by this proposal.
The primary goals of this project are to increase safety and improve access to clean water but the increased focus on water and sanitation will allow a continued emphasis on the importance of hygiene. The implementation of the new systems and resultant improvement for the living conditions of children and staff are part of a broader plan to address the health of Noah’s Ark children through infrastructural support for self-care lessons including bathing, brushing teeth, or washing dishes. The health benefits of completing this system are not limited to improved sanitation and hygiene-driven programs such as the newly donated handwashing station; the system has the potential to reduce the incidence and prevalence of mosquito-borne and other disease surrounding the center. This impact spans beyond the health of the children and staff to benefit the larger community.
The support of this proposal will mean the consistent access to safe water and a secure learning environment for the children of Noah’s Ark. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Occupational Skills Training
Noah's Ark intern Brittany Cheeks developed a pilot program to develop social and life skills with the high functioning youth. Her work focused on students who were able to clearly communicate, required minimal to little assistance in self-care, and capable of caring for themselves. She identified two boys, Johnathon (17) and Dereck (16).
The program was designed to instill life skills now, and to eventually graduate from the Noah's Ark, obtain jobs, and live independent lives. Each week they focused on a theme such as communication and confidence and a math concept like time or counting money. On Fridays, they took a field trip to different locations in the community. The field trips included the grocery store, mall, and carpenter etc. Both young men eventually acquired a part-time job at a nearby car washing bay where they were able to practice their skills and earn money.
Before: Pit latrine toilet typical of East African facilities.
ORganization: Noah’s Ark Hands on Training Center
Proposal Researcher and Writer: Emily Francis, Graduate Student, University of Pittsburgh
Occupational Skills Trainer: Brittany Cheeks
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Noah’s Ark Hands on Training Center is a Children’s Home and Learning Center
located near Entebbe, Uganda. It is home to 30 children ages 3-24 with physical
or intellectual disabilities. Noah’s Ark, where the motto is, “Disability is not
Inability,” seeks to utilize resources efficiently to build the capability of the many
children it serves by developing a trifecta of the children’s social, academic, and
occupational skills in order to transform them into productive members of
The current location is in need of updating to become more accessible, sanitary, and sustainable. Ease of access and mobility are a constant challenge for many of the children and the presence of physical barrier often determines their participation in activities, including the use of the restroom. It is often a difficult task requiring assistance from a teacher or volunteer since the latrines are located up a steep double set of stairs. Once up the stairs, the latrine is poorly lit and consists of a hole in the floor (in one latrine it is not even located in the center). There is no stability offered the children as they balance over the small hole with the current design.
This proposal requests funds in the amount of 1,523 USD or 5,110,000 UGX to purchase a new latrine structure that is more accessible without the need for stairs, comfortable through the use of adaptive stances and support structures, and sanitary through ventilation and conversion of waste into fertilizer. The appreciative approach that the organization has taken to utilize the solving the problems of sanitation and accessibility to create an asset and income-generation program highlights the adaptive and innovative approaches Noah’s Ark seeks in every aspect of its programming and development.
The support of this project would immediately improve the site and well-being of the children living and growing at Noah’s Ark, while providing a sustainable income generation opportunity. Thank you for your time and consideration of Noah’s Ark Hands on Training Center and the children it serves.