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The Ugandan NGO Link to Progress (LTP) is the Executing Agency of the WAFSAH project in Uganda
Link to Progress (LTP) NGO, the WSSCC’s WAFSAH Executing Agency in Uganda, was awarded the Quality Assurance Mechanism Award by the Uganda National Quality Assurance Certification Mechanism(QUAM) for meeting Good Governance standards.
The Quality Assurance Mechanism Certificate is awarded to NGOs by the National QUAM (Quality Assurance Certification Mechanism) Secretariat “upon meeting a set of Good Governance based standards”. It is aimed at ensuring the credibility of NGOs in the eyes of the public, government, and other stakeholders.
“I am extremely happy about the award, getting a QUAM awards means a lot, it means transparency, accountability and meeting the standards of NGOs, so I am extremely happy for LTP to go that far,” said Laura Okello, Executive Director of Link to Progress (LTP), who also added that out of the 250 NGOs working in the WASH sector in Uganda, LTP has been among the first 22 to receive this quality assurance certificate.
QUAM is a self assessment initiative developed by non-governmental organizations under the National NGO Forum to “enhance the credibility and effectiveness of non-governmental organizations in Uganda”.
LTP was awarded a year after Okello joined the organization, she explains, adding that she motivated and inspired team members to work towards it.
“We can now speak confidently, we implement our work within the community and the community members really appreciate the work that we do in the most transparent way with the most commitment,” she said.
Committed to helping the most vulnerable
As the Water for Sanitation and Hygiene (WAFSAH) Executing Agency in Uganda, Link to Progress (LTP) is an international NGO operating in Uganda since 2009. It was founded by the Good Shepherd Netherlands Foundation (TGS NL) and Stichting Afrika Projecten (SAP) among others and carries out water, sanitation, hygiene and construction projects in areas with the highest poverty and lowest safe water coverage ratios.
LTP supports the rural poor to develop themselves through cost efficient provision of basic services based on demand and collaboration. LTP envisions a Uganda “free from absolute poverty, ignorance and disease with accessible basic services”.
“LTP is among the first NGOs who are highly contributing to water sanitation and hygiene in Uganda, we strive to carry out many projects in the most honest way and to continue meeting the standards, learning from the rest of international organizations and other CSOs. We want to do our best,” said Okello.
LTP’s mission is to contribute as a highly cost efficient organisation to improve the life of the most disadvantaged rural population of Uganda through the supply of safe water and other basic services in a sustainable manner by cooperating with local authorities and targeting committed beneficiaries.
The NGO is also part of the Uganda Water and Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET) the national umbrella organisation for all NGOs in the water and sanitation sub-sector in Uganda with a membership of 256 local and international organisations.
Working with WSSCC’s WAFSAH Initiative
Launched in October 2013, WAFSAH is an initiative of the WSSCC to support efforts by low income households and their organizations to increase access to water in order to sustain their sanitation facilities and hygiene practices.
The two-year initiative aimed at supporting the development of gravity-fed and simple cost-effective options for water treatment and was implemented in three East African countries which included Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
In collaboration with relevant ministries and local authorities, WSSCC through selected NGOs constituted under UNOPS Grant Support Agreements, implemented the initiative in select communities of the districts bordering Lake Victoria.
LTP has piloted the program in Uganda in September 2014 for a year in five districts including Iganga, Mpigi, Wakiso (Entebbe), Masaka and Rakai.
Among the many goals achieved by the project Okello cites improved access to water for all households, improved latrines, women participating in income generating activities, the reduction of pregnancy mortality and many villages attaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) statuses.
“This project had a lot of achievements on the ground, including improved sanitation and hygiene in schools and homes and good access to water to the most vulnerable members of the community,” said Okello, adding that the most significant achievements have been the home and economic improvements.