Kathryn Dutile (Uganda)

Kathryn Dutile (Gulu Disabled Persons Union – GDPU, Uganda): Prior to her fellowship, Kathryn earned an MA in international development at the University of Manchester. In support of her thesis she researched the challenge of delivering sanitation services in Uganda from a gendered perspective. Kathryn became interested in development during study abroad and through volunteering in Ghana and South Korea as an undergraduate student. After her fellowship with GDPU, Kathryn wrote: “Sometimes the best moments were when the power went out and all the staff was just chatting about life, politics, relationships, etc. (Also) grant writing at this level and amount was new. (I) gained more technical WASH knowledge - whereas my specialty was more about institutions and behavioral changes.” Kathryn remained in northern Uganda after her fellowship. kdutile@advocacynet.org

Renovations at the Accessible Bus Park Toilet: Photos

22 Oct

With the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the local government, the plumber was able to begin renovation work at the bus park. The plumber, Ronald, was chosen after receiving bill of quantities from three contractors and plumbers. I met our chosen plumber in the new main market (a World Bank project) when Simon, the GDPU Local Coordinator, and I were accessing whether the market met accessibility standards for sanitation. The Municipal Engineer pointed out Ronald during the assessment and I scribbled his number down underneath a sink. He works on a team with his brother, who is a contractor and his associate degree in Civil Engineering. Ronald has finished both plumbing craft I and II, followed by advanced Plumbing Services Lismore. He works throughout Uganda saving up money to go back to school for an eventual associates in Water Engineering.

At the bus park GDPU and Advocacy Project are focusing on three main areas of work. Firstly, the toilet facility needs to be replaced. The accessible toilet closed a few month before I arrived because the cistern broke under the excessive water pressure, as attendants were using jerry-rigged cans to provide water to the flush toilets. To fix this problem the new cistern is lower to the wall and secured tightly using L-hook anchor bolts. Our second area of focus and most important, is connecting the flush toilet to water. The plumber connected to the water line and funneled it to a tank now on the roof of the toilet. The tank is important as it will hold water when power is out (allowing the toilet to still flush) as well as provide greater water pressure to the toilet. Lastly, the hallway is being re-leveled for drainage, as when it would rain, water would flood in the toilet stance.

Check out the progress:

Checking water pressure

Ronald checks water pressure to sink


Bus Park Repairs


Leveling floor for drainage

Ronald’s brother Billy tears up the old hallway to re-level the concrete for drainage

Posted By Kathryn Dutile (Uganda)

Posted Oct 22nd, 2014