Everyday in rural communities and poor urban centers throughout Uganda, hundreds of people suffer from lack of access to clean , safe water.
Women and girls especially bear the burden of walking miles at a time to collect water from streams and ponds – full of water-borne diseases that is making them and their families sick. Illness from drinking dirty water and the time lost fetching it robs entire communities of their futures.
Hope is put on hold in over half of the developing world’s primary schools without access to water and sanitation.
Water is a whole family concern. Finding water is a daily challenge for young boys, mothers and daughters. Providing reliable and safe water source unlocks potential by lifting this burden and returning time for study and income generating work.
Every good thing made possible by access to safe water depends on it being available everyday year after year. Sadly though, the promise of safe water has been broken many times in the past.
Providing access to clean, safe water helps capable and determined people realize the hope they have for their own futures.
Did you know that half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water-related diseases? In developing countries, about 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease. Clean and safe water is essential to healthy living.
Tiny worms and bacteria live in water naturally. Most of the bacteria are pretty harmless. But some of them can cause devastating disease in humans. And since they can’t be seen, they can’t be avoided.
Most of these water-borne diseases aren’t found in developed countries because of the sophiscated water systems that filter and chlorinate water to eliminate all disease carrying organism. But typhoid fever, cholera and many other diseases still run rampant in the developing parts of the world.
At Share An Opportunity, Uganda, we’re working with local communities to provide access to safe water at schools and where children live. A water project, like the new well in Busiu and Najjembe, can transform a child’s life and the whole community.