20 million Ugandans lack access to clean water, leading to easily preventable diseases. Among those most at risk are children, whose developing immune systems can't handle the physical stress imposed by COVID-19, malnutrition, and waterborne diseases (the #2 killer of children). We will install our Purifaaya filter, which eliminates 99.9% of bacteria from water, and our handiClean handwashing station, in three schools in the District of Mityana, impacting 1,500 children and their families.
Many of Uganda's rural families and schools do not have the ability to provide clean drinking water for their students, resulting in dehydration and waterborne diseases. This negatively affects their health, education, and dignity. Lack of clean water results in improper hygiene, sanitation, malnutrition, and disease, greatly affecting the learning and development of children, and disproportionally affecting girls, increasing their dropout rate, and hindering economic and societal progress.
By providing drinking water filters, handwashing stations and hygiene education to these schools, students will have proper hydration, they will be able to focus on their education, continue with their studies, less missed school days, and be free from waterborne diseases that are expensive to treat and life threatening. Handwashing stations will curb the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases amongst the children, teachers, families and their community, when children take behavior changes home.
This project will provide an increased rate of child survival for 1,500 children, which would extend into the community, lowering the infection rate of waterborne and transmittable diseases. The students will have the opportunity to learn and obtain an education, school attendance and graduation numbers will increase, especially for girls. Money previously spent to treat waterborne diseases can be utilized for other economic endeavors and provide opportunities for thriving families & community.