Finding clean and safe water for many Ugandans living in the slum communities means walking to a fro from far off water points to fill up heavy jerry cans. This is often a job for children as young as five. Often the water they collect is from swamps and unsafe for drinking or cooking. We have begun the process of getting several taps put in each community we work in and training people in low-cost water purification technologies. The main purification technique that we are training small groups in is called SODIS and involves UV treating water in plastic bottles using sunlight. This helps anyone have access to safe, clean water without the cost of boiling.
Sanitation issues in the slum communities are often shocking. Hundreds of people share just a couple of pit latrines, which are often crumbling and overflowing. They usually have to pay to use the toilet that makes it a luxury they can’t afford. Instead people can resort to using plastic bags which are then littered around the slum. Children go anywhere they can find space, so sewage runs through every alleyway, spreading disease. We aim to work towards a solution to this by building pit latrines that are free to use for children and managed as a business in the communities and working closely with the whole community on seeing improvements in hygiene and sanitation.