Uganda, like many other developing countries, faces huge challenges with multiple issues that adversely affect public health. One major challenge is the ability for both rural and urban Ugandans to access a clean water supply. According to the WHO (2006), only 49% of Uganda’s population had access to adequate safe and clean water. This means that approximately 13 million people live every day without regular, dedicated access to improved water sources. Improved water in this situation means safe, clean drinking water that has been at least minimally protected to remove contaminants and pollutants. It doesn’t necessarily mean purified water.
Most of the population relies on surface water instead of groundwater for everything they do, like drinking, cooking, washing, and living. They have no way to access groundwater.
This isn’t very safe because surface water is much easier to pollute than groundwater. Naturally, groundwater isn’t terribly contaminated, and it’s often easier to remove contaminants from it than from surface water.
Suubi Community Projects Uganda has since the past 4 years partnered with BridgIT Water Foundation-Australia to address the challenges mentioned above by providing safe water sources to rural communities in Uganda. We provide safe water sources and locate them as close to the homesteads as possible. To date, approximately 105 wells have been constructed, impacting about 100,000 people.
It is great to note that in those communities where we have put a Well, the impacts have been realized; incidences of water borne illnesses have reduced, more children have been enrolled and retained in schools, women have engaged in more productive activities and the overall livelihoods in households has improved.
The need remains huge and we are always overwhelmed with requests from villages and communities that need a safe water source.