783 million people in the world do not have access to clean water. Just imagine not being able to turn the tap on at home and get a cold, clean, glass of water? That’s why in Uganda, our partner, is working tirelessly to see whole communities have access to this basic need.
Ugandan born, Doreen and Jouvllet know the dangers of no clean water intimately. Twice a day, every day they have to complete a two-hour round trip down the mountain to collect 20 litres of water. Without it their family will have had no water to drink, prepare food or wash with.
The pathway up the mountain is secluded so the girls are vulnerable to attack from young boys herding cattle on the mountain. It’s a problem in the whole area, and many girls are at risk of being raped. The journey is also incredibly tiring and takes a long time. Doreen and Jouvllet often miss school, or arrive late because they had been collecting water. This has a big impact on their education and their hopes for the future.
In this area of Uganda, there is also a lack of knowledge about the dangers of unclean water and bad hygiene practices. As a result there are high rates of water borne diseases like diarrhoea, particularly amongst children.
Our partner North Kigezi and Kinkiizi (NKKD WATSON) in Southwest Uganda are running programs to increase access to safe water and improve sanitation in a participatory way, while encouraging healthy hygiene practices through education and training.
NKKD WATSAN believes that accessible safe water, improved sanitation and hygiene education should be available to all, and seeks to embody the Christian values of compassion, fairness, integrity and trustworthiness.
And now we’re offering you the chance to spend two weeks living and learning alongside the staff at Kigezi as they transform lives in Uganda.
It won’t be easy, but it will challenge your thoughts on poverty. It will stretch your imagination and you will learn from communities that will inspire you beyond belief.
Who are we looking for?
Individuals who are willing and flexible and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Uganda, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and Kigezi staff.
What will you be doing?
You could find yourself involved in a variety of opportunities, from helping to construct Gravity Flow systems, to joining the staff in helping to teach on health, hygiene and sanitation. You’ll also have the chance to help run Sunday school activities.