Western Uganda

Ugandan Water Project

Almost a quarter of the population of Uganda doesn't have access to safe water and over twenty-two million out of a population of some thirty six million don't have access to sanitation. As such over 12,000 children die every year in Uganda from diarrhoea and faecal contamination of the environment is the cause of around 3,000 cases of cholera affecting Uganda every year. Overall it is estimated that the cost to Uganda of poor water is £233,000,000 in lost productivity; the equivalent of 1.1% of the national GDP. Ruhanga Water Project

Ugandan Water ProjectIn most rural communities tapped water in unheard of and, as such, children in Uganda, some very young, are expected to fetch water from local springs and streams in plastic carriers and carry them often miles home impacting on their health, development and energy to attend and learn at school. This water is often of poor quality as it carries impurities from both animal and human defecation and is drunk untreated leading to a high prevalence of typhoid, a life threatening bacterial infection of the intestinal tract and sometimes the bloodstream.

In 2010 a water project started in Ruhanga with the aim of bringing piped water from the hills that surround the village down into the community with a series of tap access points. Money was raised from a number of sources and engineers were able to dig out two different springs high up in the surrounding hills making sure that no run-off water contaminated them. A gravity well now exists, with such wells being common to supply water systems to remote villages in developing countries ~ essentially the water tank/reservoir creates sufficient pressure to drive the water down through the pipes into the villages and out of the tap outlets.

The first taps came online in 2011 and now the project has been extended to other areas of the parish. The water is also used for flushing toilets at Ruhanga Development School helping to promote better health outcomes for the children and reduce absences from school due to ill-health. Additionally the time saved from collecting water also provides families in the community with additional time to invest in income generating opportunities.



 
 
 
 

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Ugandan Water Project

Ugandan Water Project

Volunteers have recently been working with the local community to develop local structures to maintain the project in a sustainable manner after it was identified that one of the pipes serving part of the village had been damaged but no repairs had been carried for many months out with villagers instead reverting to drinking contaminated water from local wells and streams. Local plumber Innocent now has the necessary repairs to the water project in hand.

 
 


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