Over 20 million Ugandans have no access to clean water and waterborne diseases are the #2 cause of death for children under five. This issue, which is one of the most prominent challenges Ugandans face each day, results in many negative health, social, economic, and environmental consequences. The responsibility of collecting water falls mostly on Ugandan women and children, taking away valuable time that could be spent earning money or going to school. Many people rely on firewood to purify their water through boiling, contributing to the rapid deforestation of Uganda and increasing CO2 emissions.
SPOUTS Impact distributes ceramic water filter as an affordable, effective, sustainable, and easy to use solution for providing safe, pure water to Ugandans. Purifaaya water filters are produced with clay locally sourced in Uganda. It is mixed with water before being pressed to form a pot that is the filter. It is then placed in a bucket with a spicket. The Purifaaya lasts 2 years and costs 25 USD, making it the most affordable solution to safe water access in Uganda households.
World Centric partnered with SPOUTS Impact to provide a matching donation for their Raise a Glass campaign, an annual fundraiser to increase the donor base for their critical work. Altogether, SPOUTS and World Centric raised $20,568.00.
The Impact of SPOUTS Water Filters
Increase in household savings from money no longer needed to purchase fuel to boil water
Ecological benefit from shifting from charcoal/wood burning to ceramic filtration.
Increase in health due to access to clean water (85% reduction in cases of diarrhea and typhoid)
About SPOUTS of Water
A World Centric partner since 2017.
When Kathy Ku spent a summer in Uganda she was struck by the lack of access to safe water. Convinced change was necessary, she teamed up with fellow Harvard student John Kye to form SPOUTS of Water in 2012. SPOUTS aims to provide 5 million Ugandans, or 14% of the population, with access to safe water by 2025, 10 years after their first Purifaaya sale. This would represent a fundamental shift in the way Ugandans approach water purification and would save thousands of lives, primarily of children.