Today is World Water Day.
Many of us take water for granted, but for a large number of people in the world, having enough clean, safe, easily available water is just a dream.
Globally, over 780 million people do not have access to clean, safe water and approximately 345 million of those people live in Africa. Across the world, a child dies from a water-related illness every 12 seconds. According to the United Nations, 80% of illnesses in Less Developed Countries are due to poor water and sanitation.
In Uganda, approximately 12 million people don’t have access to safe water. Around 26,000 children die every year in Uganda from diarrhoea and other diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. These illnesses and deaths are unnecessary and completely preventable.
We are pleased to say that we are making a difference by helping to provide clean water and sanitation solutions to vulnerable communities in Uganda. Over the last few years we have built wells, protected springs, installed rain water harvesting tanks and built toilets for communities that need them. And this World Water Day, we are very pleased to announce that we are once again partnering with the Long Well Walk to bring clean water to a community in need in Uganda. Jandira is a village on the outskirts of Kampala. For the last few years the people in this community have been using a dirty, polluted stream for drinking, washing, bathing and cooking.
We will be digging a well, installing a pump and a water storage tank. This project will provide clean water for free for the whole community of up to 3000 people. The construction has just got underway and we are so excited!
Alongside bringing clean water solutions to communities, we are also passionate about educating people about the causes of and ways to prevent water-bourne diseases. So as well as building this well in Jandira community, we will also be running community awareness and hygiene education sessions.
We are so excited to be able to provide a clean water supply for this community and are looking forward to seeing improved health and well-being of community members. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Long Well Walk for partnering with us to deliver this project, and we will keep you updated as this project takes shape!
If you would like to partner with us to help another community receive clean water and sanitation, please get in touch - we would love to hear from you!