Project #213 | Equipping Health Facilities with Clean Water in Uganda
Our partnership with Ugandan Water Project (UWP)
Health workers in Wakiso currently face the challenge of treating patients in the midst of a pandemic while restrained by serious water shortages. For some health facilities, piped water shuts off for days at a time. For others, a limited daily water supply forces facilities to make the difficult choice of which workers and patients will receive what they need. Some clinics have no nearby water source, limiting health workers to using only the water they can haul from far-off sources. Others only have access to contaminated open water sources that pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of their patients. Grappling with severely limited water supplies, many facilities must scramble to buy water at a high mark-up from water vendors. High costs result in draconian measures for water rationing at a time when it’s critical to have adequate water for hygiene, cleaning, and medical use. As a result, health workers may have to treat patients without enough water for handwashing, leaving staff and patients alike vulnerable to picking up new diseases, including COVID-19, on site. Additionally, patients are at increased risk when health facilities cannot provide basic drinking water for treatments, including urgent rehydration of children suffering from diarrheal disease, which is one of the leading causes of death among children in Uganda.
One Day’s Wages partnered with the Ugandan Water Project (UWP) to bring reliable, self-contained water and hygiene solutions to seven health facilities in Wakiso district. By providing high-quality rainwater collection systems, UWP empowered health workers with the water security they need to provide adequate care to patients. Water filter stations gave health workers a convenient, easy method for purifying water on-site, and fully stocked handwashing stations will ensure that each facility can maintain proper hygiene among patients and health workers. As a result of these interventions, health facilities saw water-related costs drop drastically, relieving the constant pressure to ration water use.
Our Collective Impact
Schools Equipped with Hand Washing Resources
Hand Washing Stations Installed
People With Improved Health
Serving 150 men, women, and children in Uganda’s Ssesiriba community, the greatest challenge Hussein Ssemuule faced in caring for the worshippers under his care, Masjid Taqwah was the community’s lack of basic clean water access. There was a nearby well that community members relied on, but the well was shallow. The water was not only unsafe due to contamination, but it also ran dry during certain seasons. The journey to collect water from the shallow well was dangerous in and of itself. People, mostly women and children, had to walk a third of a mile through dense vegetation to reach the well, putting them at risk of injuries, attacks from animals, and even sexual assault or harassment.
By equipping Masjid Taqwah with a rainwater collection system, including water filters and hand-washing stands, the Ugandan Water Project and its partners were able release the worship center from its unstable water supply and ensure that 150 community members in Ssesiriba now have a dedicated source of convenient and reliable clean water throughout the year–a reality that Hussein shares has transformed his community. Today, he shows off the equipment they have been diligent to protect and maintain, and he speaks with pride of the health, joy, and freedom that men, women, and children alike have experienced from their improved access to clean water.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our emergency relief fund.