By Jackie Nalubwama
An old rickety gate opens to a stretch of cultivated land
and quarters. People dressed in yellow shirts and shorts
are moving up and down the compound. Part of the septic
tank collapsed and grime and sewerage is quite visible.
This is Moroto Prison.
Standing in front of the
new latrines is Beatrice Ileut, chief wardress Moroto
Under such dreadful conditions, NUSAF answered the cries
of the prison staff for the need for toilets, through the
Moroto Prison VIP Latrines Project.
Christine Akoch, a wardress at the prison said the office
toilets broke down, so while at work the prison staff has
to go back home to use the bathroom.
Akoch described the horrendous bathroom facilities prior
to the toilet Project, which included the collapsed sewerage.
In a bid to salvage their poor toilet situation, the staff
dug makeshift pit latrines and put up iron sheets around
the holes for privacy.
But these were not of any great help because they collapsed
every time it rained. “We would dig directly in the
soil but our soil is soft, so the rains would destroy them,”
explained Beatrice Ileut, the chief wardress at the prison.
| Prior to NUSAF, above are
the squalid makeshift latrines dug by the prison staff
They used to dig one pit after another, that by the time
NUSAF came to their aid, they had dug 4 pits. NUSAF funded
the toilet Project at Shs. 7 million and now the staff uses
the 5 VIP latrines.
Ileut said, “We got to know about NUSAF, that it
helps community Project management committee (CPMC). We
were trained in the police barracks on how to handle money
[accountability].” With the training, the prison came
up with 7 members for the Project committee, of which Ileut
and Akoch are part.
“We are very many people using the 5 latrines, because
they serve 49 families; including children,” said
Akoch. Akoch’s plan is to write another Project proposal
for NUSAF because they need more toilets, “We need
2 more blocks, each with five latrines.”
Akoch and her female counterparts have more to be thankful
for than latrines from NUSAF. NUSAF has also funded a women’s
piggery Project called Ngulu Alokwap Piggery Project. There
are 30 women in total who are the beneficiaries of this
Ileut is the chairperson of this Project, enthusiastic
that the Project will yield a substantial income because
there is market for pork in Moroto.
“We chose pigs because in Moroto, people like pork
but there are no pigs in Moroto,” said Ileut.
She explained that the local pigs are not highly demanded
because they eat their owners’ waste [stool]. Akoch
further said stigma for local pork also stems from the fact
that some people in Karamoja do not bury their dead, so
pigs being omnivorous, eat the dead as well.
“If people can sacrifice Shs. 2, 700 for a kilo
of pork in Soroti, they will buy our pork at Shs. 3, 000,”
argued a hopeful Akoch.