The community model is WaterStep’s approach to providing safe water to a community for a lifetime. The community model addresses the water needs one individual, one family, one community at a time.
This year, we are looking to Kaabowa Village in Uganda. Dr. Ssenoga reached out to us to explain their need for safe water, and together, we have developed a plan that will address the water needs of the entire village for years to come.
Kaabowa is a small village in the Mubende district of Uganda with a population of just 1,300 people. However, children from neighboring villages walk an average of 3 miles to get to Kaabowa each day because they have four schools with about 500 children each. The village also is home to a central market area that people walk miles to visit.
The market center and high schools give Kaabowa an impactful place in the Mubende community. The influence of the schools in the area is wide. Children who come to the community each day drink unsafe water, which is still one of the leading causes of sickness and death in the region.
Drilling wells wills in Kaabowa will be a first priority, which will have a ripple effect throughout the entire district as new water sources become available. The second phase of the project will include providing safe water in the schools and several pit latrines throughout the community. Finally, each family will be equipped with a household water filter.
We are so excited to begin this project in Uganda, but we need your help to make it happen. You can learn more on our project page and see how you can support the community model in Kaabowa Village.