To empower rural communities to take informed action to improve human, animal, and ecosystem health through equitable access to safe water and resilience to climate change.
A world where rural communities live and prosper in harmony with nature to meet their water needs and build resilience to climate change.
RWICA is a model for women- and youth-driven action in the WASH arena. Our Executive Director, Aisha Nankanja, is an emerging leader that has a talent for inspiring others. The multidisciplinary RWICA team has academic training and practical experience in sociology, forestry, mechanics, accounting, and public health. RWICA understands the daily water challenges faced by women, youth, people with disabilities, refugees, and other marginalized populations, which makes it uniquely positioned to work effectively with rural communities.
The WHO and UNDP, recently promoted the cutting edge One Health approach that considers the links between human, animal, and ecosystem health and encourages multisector collaborations. Unlike others, RWICA applies One Health to WASH issues with the innovative addition of a social science aspect to frame contexts in a way that resonates with Ugandan values — Rethinking how we live with nature. We also have a designated One Health Advisor based in the USA to ensure a rigorous approach to project management.
RWICA activities are more effective when coordinated together. RWICA can provide community engagement, education, and training, and provide the technical know-how and the skills for driving the changes needed for structural and sustainable progress. We partner with other organizations and the Ministry of Water and Environment to build capacity and leverage resources.
We disseminate findings by being active members in organizations, such as UWASNET, presenting at local, regional, national, and international events, and publishing in a variety of formats to reach a broad audience.
RWICA engages and educates Uganda’s most vulnerable communities to empower them to take informed action and build social entrepreneurship Learn More
RWICA builds community awareness of the holistic One Health approach and provides opportunities for local action to restore ecosystems to build resilience to climate change.
RWICA helps communities to identify and implement solutions to the most pressing water challenges.