Project #79 | Improving Water Quality in Uganda
Our partnership with Friendly Water for the World
It’s estimated that 1 in 3 wells are broken throughout Africa. This most often happens because the organizations that build the wells never train locals in care and maintenance of the wells. This project built a new center that will be a resource for improving water quality and access not only in Mityana District, but throughout the region. Using the resource center as a training facility, teams of locals will learn how to repair broken pumps and therefore have the tools to provide clean water for many years to come.
In addition, this project offered training in BioSand Filter fabrication, distribution, and maintenance. This training increased access to clean water, and provided resources for the surrounding communities to learn about clean water and receive WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) trainings to decrease prevalence of waterborne disease. Through this partnership, 14 rainwater catchment systems were built, 206 BioSand Water Filters were constructed and distributed, the Training Center was constructed, a well was completed, 10 WASH training seminars were held, a group of 16 young people were trained and are now setting up a business to construct and sell BioSand Water Filters, and our best estimate is that well over 2,094 people have benefited directly plus many more indirectly. Overall health has improved and waterborne diseases are down by 11%.
Our collective impact
Water Points Built or Repaired
People Educated about Hygiene
Nakalule Christine operates a small retail shop; she is also the treasurer for the Kasaana people living with HIV group, given her central location in Kasaana Trading center. She now sells water to her neighbors, which has boosted her income especially during the rainy season. She sells a 20 liter jerrycan for 300 UGX. Christine`s story inspired her fellow members, the group now has established a Savings and Credit Cooperative where each member saves 2000 UGX a week, making a total of 35USD every week for the entire group. The money is to be borrowed by other group members to build water tanks.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our water & sanitation fund.