Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Project

  • Saving Lives through Safe Water, Sanitation, And Hygiene (WASH) Program

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    Access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation facilities could transform the lives of millions in the world's poorest countries like Uganda. Universal access to water and sanitation could prevent thousands of child deaths and free up hours each day for women and children to go to work or school. This is especially true for girls -- studies show that girls are 12% more likely to go to school if water is available within a 15 minute walk rather than a one hour's walk.

    In Uganda the lack of access to improved water supplies is a huge problem in rural and slum areas of Uganda with more than 80 percent of all disease being attributed to dirty water and poor sanitation. In rural and slum parts of the country, where Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation focuses its efforts, just one in three people have access to clean water while just 13 percent has access to adequate sanitation services.

    Waterborne illness kills a child every fifteen seconds and underlies much of the world's disease and malnutrition.

    Water and Sanitation Projects ‘Goal and Objectives

    Our water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts are part of a full plan that addresses the many factors that perpetuate poverty. Water is foundational, but we don’t stop there. Our long-term, comprehensive model investing in Kahangi community also works to ensure sustainable improvements in health, education, economic development and food and agriculture production. All ASTCF WASH programs are designed to contribute to the Millennium Development Goal for water and sanitation

    The overall goal of Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation’s water and sanitation projects is to improve the health and socioeconomic well-being of communities by reducing the incidence of water- and sanitation-related diseases through sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices. Projects achieve this goal through four objectives:

    • Increase access to sustainable, safe water and environmental sanitation for poor and vulnerable communities
    • Reduce the prevalence of WASH-related diseases, including Bilharzia (contracted from contaminated water), trachoma, Guinea worm, and diarrheal diseases, through the promotion of personal hygiene and environmental practices
    • Increase sustainability by promoting integrated water resources management at the local level, with a focus on maintaining the quantity and quality of drinking water
    • Improve the quality of life and health for people in rural areas by providing them with clean water and improved sanitation
    • Increase accessibility to safe drinking water sources for impoverished communities
    • Reduce childhood mortality and lower the incidence of water-related illnesses
    • Build capacity of local authorities and water managers in technical and financial management skills for water systems
    • Free up more time for women and children to pursue education and work by eliminating the heavy burden of fetching water from a distant source.
    • Build more partnerships with local authorities and international agencies to share lessons learned about design, management, operation and maintenance, and financing to provide better quality and more cost-effective water systems.

     Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation Approach - Community-Led Total Sanitation

    We work alongside communities so that they take ownership in maintenance and repair of water points. We use the Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) methodology in addressing the WASH project in the communities.

    • It involves everyone in the community.
    • It stresses total elimination of open defecation using hygienic, locally constructed toilets.
    • Collective community decision, collective local action, and local diversity and innovations are key elements.
    • Interventions are decided locally and don’t depend on external subsidies, prescriptions, or pressures.
    • Natural leaders emerge from collective local actions to lead future collective initiatives.
    • It ignites a change in sanitation and hygiene behavior rather than through simply constructing toilets.
    • People decide together how they can create a clean hygienic environment.
    • The community takes responsibility for its own actions.
    • It advocates washing hands with soap or a substitute at least during four critical times.

    THE VOLUNTEER’S ROLE

    Volunteers are needed to help implement sanitation and environmental projects in Uganda to educate the public, teach hygienic practices, and so much more.

    Volunteers in this field work alongside local communities to ensure that water, sanitation, and hygiene project, programs, and awareness are implemented effectively, professionally, and in accordance with the culture and practices of the local population.

    Since there are so many processes involved in bringing clean water and sanitation to the masses, volunteers can choose among our  three WASH project components including water construction and engineering, marketing, fundraising, and community outreach, or even medicine and public health.

    • Water Construction & Engineering.Volunteers taking on this component work in manual labor such as digging the water wells, constructing of Spring Water Well and digging of trenches alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work. Volunteers can also help in the Construction and renovation of Boreholes and water wells and Provide Technical Advice and skills to the WASH team in water. Both of these fields are fundamental in creating a working water system. Building materials, transportation costs, and repairs all have to be considered and managed. Much of this type of volunteer work requires physical labor, in sometimes extremely conditions Volunteers working on the construction or engineering components of clean water projects abroad should be well prepared for these conditions upon arrival.
    • Awareness Raising & Outreach. This is an essential element of any clean water project abroad. The importance of marketing, public awareness raising and education, community outreach, and fundraising for a cause cannot be expressed enough; these are the drivers that make change possible. Volunteers who choose these types of WASH project component can expect to coordinate events, monitor and evaluate projects, write newsletters and press releases, and manage overall publicity of clean water projects. Assisting in the preparation of the WASH proposals and Grant writing for WASH Projects funding and Fundraise for the WASH projects using “CROWD FUNDING” Approach.
    • Public Health. The main traditional sources of water in many parts of rural Uganda are small ponds and unprotected wells, both of which are easily polluted, causing disease and ill-health. Unsafe sanitation practices and the spread of preventable diseases are a large part of Uganda water crisis. Therefore, volunteers are needed to help educate the public, teach basic hygiene skills, test wells and other water sources, and provide affordable treatment to those in need. This may be an especially good placement for those with any medical and public health, biology, or teaching background. Advising the WASH team in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion programming, in broad coordination with other sectors

     BENEFITS

    • Save Lives. That is the bottom line. By contributing to clean water projects abroad, you will be creating a better future for generations in the community you work. Clean water projects abroad help people survive and live better, safer lives. Water project volunteers can help people understand the effects of using unsafe water and teach them how to help prevent the spread of germs and disease. It may seem like common sense to many, but those who lack the education and resources to make clean water possible suffer horrible consequences around the world. No doubt, volunteers brave enough to join the fight for clean water will be heroes to those they serve.
    • Gain Professional Experience. Clean water is no small campaign, and by no means a useless enterprise. Bringing clean water and clean environmental practices to the world is one of the largest movements on the planet, and also one that is the most difficult to progress. Your participation as a volunteer in clean water projects abroad will give you the real world skills needed to organize, coordinate, and deliver a project. Volunteering abroad in clean water projects can also provide incredible networking opportunities, as well as the chance to increase your knowledge of a new language and culture.

    Eligibility
    There are no specific qualifications or previous experience needed to join the Water, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) Project. However, volunteers with previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the desired field or international experience are more helpful. Volunteers are expected to be hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
    ASTCF’s minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our volunteer placements, volunteers at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program.

  • DATE

    Though our volunteer placement program start date can be flexible, we recommend all our prospective volunteer to set their start date either on the 1st or on the 3rd Monday of each month because our Programs begin on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, however it is recommended that volunteers arrive before this date so you can acclimatize to the time difference before orientation. We advise you to arrive one day before your program is due to start (the day before orientation). Accommodation is provided from the Sunday night before your program starts on the Monday, however if you arrive earlier our staff will organize accommodation for you. This accommodation will cost extra but it is not expensive (expect to pay approximately US$30 per night including meals. You will pay for this accommodation directly to the Guest House Manager or staff when you arrive in country) Once you have booked your flights to Uganda ensure you email your flight details to our Volunteer Placement Advisory to ensure you are picked up at the airport.

    Volunteer Program Fees

    At Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation (ASTCF), we offer very affordable program fees with high-quality service and a level of transparency to all our volunteers and intern. We work hard to make our prices as reasonable as possible, while maintaining our personalized service and standards of excellence. Our fees reflect unmatched support for the volunteer and real service to sustainable projects in the community. The program fee covers the cost of decent home-stay accommodation or in the volunteer’s guest house, meals, orientation and in-country program support during your entire volunteer stay. Our program fees are determined according to the length of stay.

    Volunteers are required to pay a deposit of US$150 to secure their placement. Deposit is included as part with the program fee, it is not an additional charge. Full payment of program fees is due 30 days before the volunteer’s project.

    (ASTCF reserves the right to change its policies, review cost and inform volunteers accordingly before their arrival. All fees and arrangements on this website remain final.)

    Please Note: There are no extra charges such as application or processing fees. Program fee outline above is exactly what you will pay. However, your airport pick up will attract an additional fee of $100 if you are arriving solo and $50 per person if you are arriving in a group of two or more people in the group. To convert these prices to your local currency please click here. Program fee paid is non-refundable.

    Weekly Volunteer Program Fees (Program fee is quoted in US Dollars)

    Weeks 1wk 2wk3wk 4wk 5wk6wk7wk8wk
    Fees$150$300 $450$600$750$900$1050$1200

    Program Fee DOES cover

    Meals:Our program fee covers 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from the first day to the last day of the program
    Accommodations:Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will either stay in our Volunteer Guest House, or with a host family. Volunteers are recommended to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories necessary to their personal comfort.
    Researched and Personalized Projects:We offer the most unique and amazing projects which focus on matching the interests, skills, and experience of volunteers in accordance with their volunteer work.
    Assistance and Support:From the very beginning to the last day of the project, our local and project staff members support volunteers, in addressing various concerns and occasionally checking up on volunteers and monitoring their progress.
    Safe Volunteer Placement:We strive to place you in a safe humanitarian volunteer work environment. Our projects are researched and established with safety in mind. This focus on safety means that your project will not be in an area riddled with crime and unsafe conditions.
    Volunteer Care and other Services:ASTCF’S staffs are always available and willing to support volunteers by answering all questions while providing the best advice on fundraising and other issues such as health, culture, excursions, travel, safety, and special events.

    Program Fee DOES NOT cover

    Airfare:Both domestic and international airfare is the responsibility of the volunteer.
    Passport/Visa:Appropriate travel documents, such as passports and visas, are the responsibility of volunteers. While we provide information regarding obtaining the correct documents required, it is the responsibility of volunteers to acquire all relevant credentials.
    Return Trip to Airport:It is the responsibility of the volunteer to secure transportation return to the airport. Airport drop-off (Can be arranged at an extra cost)
    Airport Tax:Fees and taxes associated with international arrival and/or departure is the responsibility of the volunteer.
    Daily Transportation:In the event that volunteers’ projects are not within walking distance from their living accommodations, they are required to cover costs associated with daily transportation.
    Bottled Water/Soft Drinks:In the event volunteers wish to consume bottled water or soft drinks other than those provided with their daily meals, they are responsible for purchasing their own beverages.
    Personal Expenses:Volunteers are responsible for any incurred expenses outside of their projects, such as snacks, (outside of their daily meals).
    Tourism Entry Fees:While there are numerous attractions in Uganda, entry fees such as museums and national parks is the responsibility of volunteers.

    Airport Pick-up
    Volunteers will be met by our program coordinator at Entebbe International Airport in Entebbe town upon arrival after which you will be transferred to your project site. If volunteer's project placement is in Kampala, you will be transferred direct to your project site after being picked up from the airport. If a volunteer's project is in Fort Portal, you will spend the night in Kampala at the Guest Inn and transport you to our project site the next day.

  • FOOD

    Ugandan food is tasty, diverse and volunteers can expect to experience flavors and meals during their volunteer experience. You will be provided with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Meals will consist of local foods (matooke, posho, cassava, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams and rice), served with green/vegetables, beef, chicken, fish, beans or ground-nuts stew. The country’s tropical climate contributes to a healthy choice of fruits which include bananas, watermelon, papayas, mangos, jackfruit, guava, passion-fruits, sugar canes and pineapples.

    However, we need to emphasis on the point that you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home. We will do our best to see that you are well taken care of, but also as a volunteer, there is a need to be flexible. If volunteers wish to eat out, there are a large numbers of restaurants and diners to suit all tastes and budgets. However, food and drinks outside of mealtimes are the volunteer’s responsibility.

    ACCOMMODATION
    Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will either stay with a host family or within our Volunteer Guest House, a rented house or lodge Within our Volunteer Guest House accommodation, we offer simple but clean, safe and comfortable living spaces where volunteers can reside in either a single or share a room with fellow volunteer of the same gender.

    Home stay Model Homes are selected homes that are upgraded to a level where host families can host tourists. Our host families are chosen carefully and are esteemed community members, and experienced in hosting international volunteers. They have strong interest in our volunteers’ safety and well-being and demonstrate this with caution and care. The family is trained in visitor handling, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, and waste disposal. It is expected that community tourism will economically empower families and provide cross-cultural exchange between hosts and visitors.

    Thus, staying with a host family offer a strong and supportive system to volunteers during their program and it’s a great way to learn about local people’s culture and customs. Volunteers are recommended to bring their own sleeping bags and other accessories necessary for their personal comfort.

  • A Day in the Life of a Volunteer:
    Here is an example of a typical weekday at the project. This serves as a guideline only and we ask that volunteers stay flexible as itineraries may change to best serve the community.

    06:00-07:30amRise and shine! Volunteers wake up early to start a great day. Take breakfast of cereals, bread, tea or coffee. Refreshed and nourished you are ready for your project work.
    07:30-08:00am Travel to the project! It typically takes 15-30 minutes to reach your volunteer assignment.
    08:00-01:00pmDig into the project! You do your volunteering job assignment.
    01:00-02:00pmLunch break! You will return to your home-base or host family for a delicious lunch. If the distance is too great, you’ll enjoy the box lunch you brought with you.
    02:00-04:00pmFinish up your volunteer project work! There’s always plenty to do.
    After-04:00pm End your work day and enjoy your leisure time! You can rest, explore the local area, hang out with other volunteers, study or plan for the next day, whatever you want! This is your time to spend it how you like.
    07:00-08:00pmDinner at your volunteer house! After dinner, you’re free to continue your local explorations before settling down for the night, thinking ahead for another fun, busy day.
    Saturday & SundayThis is the time to enjoy safaris with our beautiful country, exploring Uganda and its many attractions.

  • Life Changing Experience This is an experience that will forever be a part of my life. Through this organization i was able to complete one of my life goals of bring fresh water to those in need. The freedom, flexibility and support the organization is first class. For such a small and young organization, there is so much determination to do good and better the lives of others. I was able construct, hire, and plan and help build a well, bring fresh water to those that have no access to it. James and Joyce the directors of the organization were so helpful and kind. I felt safe and at home at all times with them by my side the entire project. The food and house is top notch. I can't not express my gratitude for making my dream come true. Thank you and will see you in two years when i return!
    Zachary Max Luster
    USA

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