We will install 30 drinking water filters and 40 pedal handwashing facilities in 20 schools to reduce water-borne diseases such as diarrhea in 150,000 children. This will reduce student dehydration in schools, resulting in better cognitive abilities and higher school performance. Water and sanitation are basic human rights for all children and are necessary for dignity, empowerment, and prosperity. Without them, thousands of children become ill, and 63 under the age of 5 die every day.
4,000 children die every day from waterborne diseases globally. In Uganda, 23,000 people, including 19,700 children under 5, die annually from diarrhea. Nearly 90% of these deaths are directly attributable to unsafe drinking water. Poor sanitation contributes to child mortality by affecting malnutrition rates, malaria etc. We aim to install 30 drinking water filters and 40 handwashing facilities in 20 schools to reduce water-borne diseases like diarrhea in 150,000 children in two districts.
The installed facilities will benefit 150,000 primary school children. Children will be educated about the dangers of drinking contaminated water, and 20 schools will have facilities with an average of three outlets each. The 10 schools with the most children will receive two filtering systems, while the 10 schools with the fewest children will receive one each. Each of the 20 schools will receive two handwashing stations, which will be strategically placed.
The project will provide safe drinking water and handwashing facilities to 150,000 schoolchildren, reducing the incidence of water bone diseases and, as a result, improving educational outcomes.