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Water and Sanitation

Water Access

Since the very beginning, water provision has been the cornerstone of our work in every country we operate in. Water access is about more than just installing water systems. It’s about installing the right systems, which might mean water wells, rainwater harvesting, protected springs, or something else entirely. And it’s about helping whole communities and regions have enough safe, accessible, reliable water to significantly improve the lives of the people who live there.

Sanitation

In places where there is no safe, clean place to go to the toilet, people struggle with disease, lack of privacy, and indignity. Once communities have access to safe, sustainable water, they can improve their sanitation, dramatically raising their quality of life—improving health, increasing school achievement, and multiplying productivity. In many areas, Living Water International helps community members develop plans for sanitation that result in clean, functional latrines in homes, schools, clinics, and churches.

Hygiene Promotion

Safe water and sanitation systems are important, but to have an impact, people need to use them effectively to improve their health. Education is important—helping people understand how to prevent diseases by washing their hands, storing their water properly, and using a latrine. But head knowledge is just the beginning; helping communities identify important behaviors and make their own plan to use them is the end goal.

Project

The project aims to develop an integrated water supply system to serve about 1500 women and children affected by an acute shortage of water and improve standards of hygiene and sanitation in Masinya County, rural Uganda. Having already sunk a borehole, we are now focusing on completing the water supply system to ensure higher standards of hygiene & sanitation, reduced cases of school absenteeism. We aim to construct water tanks, bio-digester system, facilitate forums on WASH.

The project aims to develop an integrated water supply system to serve about 1500 women and children affected by an acute shortage of water and improve standards of hygiene and sanitation in Masinya County, rural Uganda. Having already sunk a borehole, we are now focusing on completing the water supply system to ensure higher standards of hygiene & sanitation, reduced cases of school absenteeism. We aim to construct water tanks, bio-digester system, facilitate forums on WASH.

Challenge

The Masinya Community resides in a Semi-Arid area in Lower Eastern Uganda. 300 households faces serious water scarcity, poor hygiene sanitation, decline in agricultural economic activities, and severe food shortages. This has led to increased cases of water-borne diseases and increase in levels of poverty. Further, school absenteeism is high with girls being most affected as this is coupled by lack of sanitary towels. The area is thus in need of solutions to improved its hygiene and sanitation.

Solution

The project targets to initiate hand-washing program to eliminate hygiene-related diseases and to upgrade the schools’ toilets as well as distribute sanitary towels to keep the girls in school and improve the general sanitation of 300 households in the community and to keep the girls in school by reducing avoidable cases of absenteeism. This project will also ensure that water resources are sustained by the community members.

Long-Term Impact

In the long term, the project is expected to lead to: improved health for 1500 women, children and community at large; increased per capita consumption of water; decreased incidences of water borne diseases; reduced cases of absenteeism; improved academic performance; increased engagement in other social and economic activities; and improved sanitation for all in the community especially children and women.