KWDT hosts The World Forum For Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF) on 19th to 22nd November 2012, in which issues of small scale fishers were discussed.
Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) received “the 3rd Kyoto World Water Grand Prize” at the closing ceremony of the 6th world water forum in Marseille France on 17th March 2012
It has been 9 years since Kyoto city founded this award as the host city of the 3rd World Water Forum with the cooperation of many people concerned including “the World Water Council” and “the International Soroptimist of Kyoto”. This award was founded to honor organizations that make grassroots activities in order to help solve the world’s water problems
“To award of the prize, 225 organizations from 52 countries and regions applied which made the selection process very difficult. As result of the impartial selection by the prize committee, Katosi Women Development Trust was awarded for their marvelous work for solving the water problems in Uganda,” Mr. Masao Oshima Director Kyoto City.
“We are proud to associate to an active contribution to solve of the serious water problems in the world. ….. and we all devote ourselves to social service for the improvement of the lives of women and girls,” Ms. Taeko Nakanishi President, International Soroptimist of Kyoto Japan.
For Katosi Women Development Trust Ms. Margaret Nakato the Coordinator received the prize
“What makes me so happy today is that; 365 women now organized in 16 groups, are already playing different roles to increase their access to water and sanitation, play a leading role to changing attitudes of people and engaging in decision making. Global problems need local solutions, and solutions lie in the local communities through engaging those who are most affected by the problem.
I thank the World Water Council for this initiative this prize that will facilitate tapping into the wealth of knowledge that is applied locally to solve global problems.
All at KWDT join me to thank so much our partners in development who have always believed in what we are doing and have greatly contributed to KWDT winning the 3rd Kyoto world water grand prize,” Margaret Nakato Coordinator Katosi Women Development Trust.
Katosi women have noticeably accelerated self supply in Mukono District. (Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network(UWASNET)- Newsletter)
KWDT presented its progress in improving self supply among the fishing communities of Mukono district. Notable was the organizations efforts , which commenced with 4 rain water tanks in 2004, expanding to 180 households constructed b y 2010. This initiative was made big through a revolving scheme designed in away that beneficiaries pay for the rain water tanks through agreed and affordable installments. These rural women organized in groups have successfully managed the scheme locally. Through this project, the rural fishing communities no longer depend on the contaminated water, previously collected from the lake and inland open water sources. The initiative has increased access to safe water by these rural community. The presentation generated interaction among the participants. It was evident as an approach that attracts replication in other rural communities.