In the mountainous south west of Uganda, communities have to walk long distances to fetch dirty water that’s contaminated by human and animal waste. HIV, malaria, other killer diseases and poor hygiene practices are common. Development staff attached to the Diocese of Kigezi are working hard to educate communities about the link between water and sanitation and good health.
Kabale District in South West Uganda.
Who’s being helped
Every day, women and children spend three to four hours collecting an inadequate amount of contaminated water. Children take alternate mornings off school to collect water – missing 20% of their education. Water- and sanitation-related illnesses are rife – including parasitic worms, diarrhoea, eye diseases and skin conditions.
The Diocese of Kigezi’s water and sanitation programme is equipping local churches and organisations and community members with the skills and best practice knowledge they need to have, in order to build latrines and install water pipes and pumps.
The communities are also being mobilised to advocate for improved access to safe water and sanitation for all people living in Kabale District.
The water and sanitation programme is implemented alongside projects that address the impact of HIV and AIDS, environmental sustainability, family planning and food security.