In Uganda, 60% of people do not have access to clean water. According to the World Health Organization, contaminated water contributes to the pervasiveness of diarrheal diseases, such as cholera, typhoid fever, and dysentery. Waterborne illness is the leading cause of death for children. Women and girls must walk great distances in rural Uganda to retrieve water, which is often polluted and shared with animals. Locally accessible clean water is essential to the sanitation and healthy development of a village.
This is the expansion of a project we funded with 2016 profits.
10 water sources serving 5-10,000 people every day.
Health improvements from drinking non-polluted water. Diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, and cholera are preventable with clean water.
Economic improvement from not losing time away from work while sick.
Less time traveling to distant water sources allows women more control over how their time is spent and children the ability to go to school.
Aid Africa builds shallow wells that make it possible for a greater number of communities to have direct access to clean water; creates sheltered springs that enable communities to safely tap into their natural resources; and repairs broken borehole wells that have corroded pipes and worn out pumps.
To build the wells, Aid Africa uses a cable tool capable of tapping into water sources 25 feet underground. This tool utilizes manual labor, which makes it much more affordable. The men in the villages receiving the well supply the labor.
About Aid Africa
A World Centric partner since 2017.
Aid Africa is working to bring help and hope to the poorest of the poor in Uganda. Their vision is to rebuild 1,000 sustainable communities by providing clean water, efficient and cleaner-burning stoves, farming and reforestation, and other household necessities.
Aid Africa’s first project took place in 2005, after founder Ken Goyer had visited Uganda to teach more efficient cooking methods and realized the urgent need for support services in IDP (Internally Displaced Person) camps. He started by building Rocket Stoves. In 2009, the Ugandan government closed the camps, forcing tens of thousands of people back to rural villages in complete poverty. Aid Africa adapted to the new situation and began providing a community-based approach to providing efficient cookstoves, clean water, and healthcare access in villages, while also planting trees.
November 2018 Aid Africa has completed 4 wells, 2 sheltered springs and 8 well repairs. The Aid Africa water team regularly carries out monitoring of these water points and also conduct water quality tests to ensure safety.