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Otuke Women Get Drinking Water Solar Technology Kits

The Solvatten solar-water heating and purifier kit is one of the latest technologies whose distributors say will save women of energy used in the search for firewood for heating water for drinking and bathing.
Women with their SOLVATTEN (Photo by Immaculate Amony)

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Women in Otuke have been armed with simple solar-powered water purifiers as part of the effort to save on energy needed to boil drinking water.   The Solvatten solar-water heating and purifier kit is one of the latest technologies whose distributors say will save women of energy used in the search for firewood for heating water for drinking and bathing.

The Swedish-made kits is being distributed to parts of Lango district by Soroptimist International, a global volunteer movement with a network of over 66000 members.

Seventy women from different households were the first to receive the kit that heats and purifies water through exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.

The President of Soroptimist International Lira Club, Josephine Alobo explained that the donation is aimed at providing safe drinking water for households to control waterborne diseases and an alternative source of energy for the women.

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Olilim sub-county Soroptimist Coordinator, Samuel Odongo who also operates a clinic in the area confirmed that the most common illness recorded at his facility is water-borne disease which will now be addressed by consumption of boiled water.

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Meanwhile Susan Etap, the head girl of Pitberimon Women's Group and a beneficiary of Solvatten who confessed to having been beaten by her husband every time she needed support is excited that the donation has solved all her family problems.

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Felix Okello Ogwal, the chairperson LCI of Alunya village explained that women in his area had for long been experiencing hardship in ensuring that the drinking water is safe.

He says in some instances, some of the women have suffered from domestic violence for failure to provide warm bathing water for their spouses.

He hopes the availability of this technology will enable the recipients to overcome some of the challenges and overcome some of the effects of lack of a safe-water for drinking.  

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Additionally, he thinks the new technology could save on the amount of wood that has been used in the past to boil drinking and bathing water in the villages of Alunya, and Angetta in Olilim sub-county.    

It is estimated that Otuke District has lost 17 hectares of tree cover between 2001 to 2021, due to the cutting down of trees for making charcoal and others as fuel for domestic use.

The other beneficiaries also share the same belief that their health and family well-being will improve.

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It is hoped that of Solvatten significantly reduces the amount of money the urban poor spend on alternative fuel sources like wood or charcoal.

The organization have also donated 150 Solvatten to women in Barlonyo massacre site in Lira District, and 10 to Holy Innocent Babies Home in Lira City.      

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