POVERTY AND WATER
Poverty in Uganda is often caused by lack of access to clean safe water and poor sanitation
There are a number of reasons why poverty has become an epidemic in Africa. Poverty can be the result of political instability, ethnic conflicts, climate change and other man-made causes.
But one of the greatest causes of poverty in Africa is also the most overlooked...the lack of access to clean drinking water.
Nearly one billion people do not have access to clean, safe water - that's the equivalent of 1 in 8 people on the planet!
For these people, poverty is a fact of life. The good news... This is a solvable problem.
ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
The foundation of all development
The lack of water is an often insurmountable obstacle to helping oneself. You can't grow food, you can't build housing, you can't stay healthy, you can't stay in school and you can't keep working.
Without clean water, the possibility of breaking out of the cycle of poverty is incredibly slim.
For women and children especially, this crisis is real. It effects every minute of the day.
With unclean water sources often miles from villages, many of the able-bodied members of a community are forced to spend hours each day simply finding and transporting water. The typical container used for water collection in Uganda, the jerry can, weighs over 40 pounds when it's completely full.
Imagine how demanding it would be to carry the equivalent of a 5-year-old child for three hours out of each day. And some women carry even more, up to 70 pounds in a barrel carried on the back. That's like carrying a baby hippo.
FINDING WATER COSTS TIME
And there is little time to waste
The United Nations estimates that Sub-Saharan Africa alone loses 40 billion hours per year collecting water; that's the same as a whole year's worth of labor by France's entire workforce! This is incredibly valuable time.
With much of one's day already consumed by meeting basic needs, there isn't time for much else. The hours lost to gathering water are often the difference between time to do a trade and earn a living and not. Just think of all the things you would miss if you had to take three hours out each day to get water.
When a water solution is put into place, sustainable agriculture is possible. Children get back to school instead of collecting dirty water all day, or being sick from waterborne illnesses. Parents find more time to care for their families, expand minimal farming to sustainable levels, and even run small businesses.
The social and economic effects caused by a lack of clean water are often the highest priorities of African communities when they speak of their own development. The World Health Organization has shown this in economic terms: for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34!
HOW WE'RE HELPING
...And how you can join us
For an average of $34 per person, The Water Project is able to work with local partners to provide closer access to clean water. Our goal is to bring clean, sustainable water supplies to within a 1km (1/2 mile) of a village. By doing so, communities can be freed to begin working themselves out of poverty.
When you give to help build a well, you'll make sustainable agriculture possible. You will allow children to get back to school instead of collecting dirty water all day.
You'll help fathers find more time to care for their family, maintain a farm, and even run a small business.
You can help break the cycle of poverty in Uganda and in Africa .
A borehole costs 6,000 Euros to drill. A well costs 3500 euros to dig.
Partner with us at WDF in Uganda as we bring water to every 2 miles in the Rural areas of Uganda and the rest inorder to fight against water borne diseases, fight against poverty and help children stay in schools .
Access to safe water supply has been one of the top priorities in Bugiri over the past three decades. However still the government of uganda has failed to make this possible. WDF has managed to
install borehole water in only two villages leaving the rest of the village without clean water , many of our support and registered children are facing alot of water borne diseases and scarcity of
it , many communities move long distances inorder to acquire safe and clean water ...
its therefore our urge and out cry to all water based international organisations and donors who have the ability to supplement our budget with water provisions so we can support our devastated communities with water.
Water is life always!!!!!!
Today, the director of WDF teaching, in a sustainable develpment program, the widows ond widower on how to empower themselves.