Project #213 | Equipping Health Facilities with Clean Water in Uganda

Our partnership with Ugandan Water Project (UWP)

Health workers in Wakiso faced the challenge of treating patients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic with severely limited water supplies. Health workers had to treat patients without enough water for hand-washing, leaving staff and patients alike vulnerable to picking up new diseases, including COVID-19. Outside of hygiene, drinking water is a basic necessity for treatments. Diarrheal diseases which cause severe dehydration, 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 the 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 ensured that each facility could 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 Services

Meet Hussein

The greatest challenge in serving the 150 worshippers at 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 well was also dangerous in and of itself. People, mostly women and children, had to walk a third of a mile through dense vegetation to reach it, putting them at risk of injuries, attacks from animals, and even assault and 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 to ensure that 150 community members in Ssesiriba now have a dedicated source of convenient and reliable clean water throughout the year. Hussein said this 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.

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