WATER, SANITATION, & HYGIENE (WASH)
Despite progress over the last two decades, access to water, let alone safe water, is still greatly lacking in many villages.
Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is a basic human right, and yet only seven in 10 people have access to safely managed drinking water services and four in 10 to safely managed sanitation services (WHO/UNICEF report 2019). An estimated 842,000 people die each year from diseases caused by unclean water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene habits. The majority of these are children in developing countries. As a humanitarian agency, UAOWF is committed to addressing the situation and contribute to provision of clean portable water to people based on local needs.
In Eastern Uganda, UAOWF has trained a number of volunteers who go from community to community to help equip school children and community members with knowledge and information about proper sanitation and hygiene. A number of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) campaigns have been conducted, and there have been hundreds of meetings on hygiene practices around the region since then that educate communities about the importance of sanitation.
Trained many households on how to construct and use tippy taps, how to treat and purify water using simple chlorination methods using products such as PUR, water guard and P&G.
Mobilized and Empowered local communities to drill new wells and boreholes and repair existing ones.
The importance of washing hands after using latrines and before eating anything. In the wake of the COVID 19 global pandemic, this has been extended to washing hands constantly and properly with soap and clean water.
Trained and empowered communities to build and repair latrines in homes and schools as well as ensuring that these places a kept clean all the time.