Kabowa Village, Uganda
For 1300 people in rural Uganda, just having a glass of water can be a dangerous thing. Children from neighboring villages travel here to learn, but they also risk contracting waterborne diseases.
Water for Kabowa Village is taken from open ponds that are shared with livestock and contaminated with both human and animal waste. The majority of people don't have access to pit latrines and open defecation is common. Personal sanitation and hygiene is not well understood or practiced. Children in particular are susceptible to getting sick from the water. Instead of spending their income on improving their farms, starting small businesses or paying school fees, many families must use what little they have to pay for medicine and transportation to regional hospitals.
This could all be avoided with improved sanitation and safe water.
WaterStep is working with the Rural Health Care Foundation (RHCF) to make a difference. We have completed our first well, and will soon be installing household filters, setting up water purifiers, building latrines, and implementing a community health program for students and families. Help bring safe water to Kabowa Village!