Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (Wash) Projects

Water

Provision of sustainable clean water for rural communities

The main traditional sources of water in most 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. And as we all know proper water and san­itation is a key founda­tion for achieving many of the other Sustainable Development Goals, including good health and gender equality, so we can’t get very far on the 2030 Agenda without it.

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 also works to ensure sustainable improvements in health, education, economic development and food and agriculture production.

Construction of Pit Latrines in Rural Communities

The other project which is part of the water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) project is the Construction of Pit Latrines: Pit latrine coverage in Uganda is low, 47%. A study done by UNICEF(1993) in rural communities in Uganda showed that pit latrine coverage was 20% and those families who  have the pit latrines but do not using them, while others have them but in poor hygienic conditions, and yet others do not have them at all. As a result of this, there is a high incidence of diseases caused by poor sanitary conditions especially worm infestation and diarrhea diseases. This might be contributing to the high morbidity and mortality rate of infants and under 5 years of age. In most rural villages in Uganda, diarrhea diseases are among the top 10 killer diseases more especially among under 5 years.

With lack of toilets, human waste is disposed of in polythene bags that are dumped in the bushes, roadsides, or even at water sources. This subsequently leads to outbreaks of diseases that thrive due to poor hygiene such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea.