Water is vital to life and without it a human can last only around 3-5 days before dying of dehydration. However approximately 780 million people lack access to clean water in the world today and 345 million of those people live in Africa. 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. Across the world, a child dies from a water-related illness every 12 seconds. According to Ban Ki Boon, 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.
Kids Club Kampala works in some of the poorest communities in Uganda. We work in urban slums where there is poor sanitation, open sewerage and a polluted water supply. We also work in rural villages which often suffer from drought and famine. We have seen first hand the devastating effects of not having enough clean, safe and accessible water can have on a community, on their health, productivity, education, livelihoods, and in particular on the children.
We have been working with some of these communities to build wells, help dig boreholes, provide new toilets and install rain water harvesting systems, however there still remains so much to be done. Last year we managed to bring clean water to one of our communities of over 5000 people, by building a new water well.
We are currently working to install rainwater harvesting tanks at our Ewafe project home for abandoned children, with our friends at the Long Well Walk. In the future we are hoping to be able to work in even more communities that desperately need clean water and sustainable sanitation solutions.
We continue to work with many communities who lack access to good clean water and we are looking for individuals and organisations that would like to partner with us on our next water project. If you would like any more information about our Water and Sanitation projects and how you can get involved, please contact us, we would love to hear from you.