Water Life Project 2020-2021

by Another Hope Children's Ministries
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Water Life Project 2020-2021
Water Life Project 2020-2021
Water Life Project 2020-2021

 

CONSTRUCTION OF TOILETS TO END OPEN DEFECATION.

Some of the facilities households had as toilets.

Every one is entitled to proper sanitation services that are accessible and affordable and provide safety and privacy. However, the world is off-track on delivering universal access to safe sanitation because billions of people are still out of reach to toilets and sewage systems living poor and rural communities at risk of being left behind.

According to the UNICEF report about sanitation 2020, over 700 children die every day from diarrhea caused by unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene. 673 million people still practice open defecation due to lack of toilets and this has costly and terrible consequences on human health. In Uganda, nearly a tenth of the population practice open defecation while others have sub-standard toilets/latrines. In a bid to attain sustainable sanitation Another Hope Children’s Ministries has served thousands of individuals through the water life project by constructing water tanks, distribution of water filters and we are glad to report that there has been an addition of constructing toilets to end open defecation and improper disposal of human wastes.

Safe sanitation, safe water supply and practicing good hygiene is key in saving lives. Through the water life project, three households have received proper standard toilets and are functioning.

With three household toilets, thirty-eight people have proper sanitation facilities for disposing off human wastes. The fourth household toilet is still under construction and in few days to come, it will be ready to serve the family.

The beneficiary said it is exiting to have a toilet structure because the pit the family had was ashaming and it couldn’t be used during day time since it was all open and there was nothing like privacy. Toady, the toilet structure has started attracting other family members to visit him and staying around the home which wasn’t the case before hence making the family relationship stronger. He added that the children are no longer at a risk of contracting diseases and the risk of being harmed by bush habitants like snakes is no more.

On the left is the bush spot the family was using and on the right is the new toilet for the family.

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Famine, poor water supply, cholera etc, have had no end in Uganda and many more other crises which have proven disastrous for the children. The children’s rights therefore remain the objects of pitiless assault and their existence and survival is at risk. According to “Researchgate” study on children and domestic water collection in Uganda, findings confirm that it is the role of children, their mothers or other female members of the household to collect water for domestic use.

The time spent, distances covered to fetch the water and transportation modes of water are potential hazards to the physical, emotional health of the children but not much has been done by the authorities to address this issue. In a bid to access water for domestic use, children have been denied their rights like a right to education, right to health, denied time to play since they spend most of the time collecting water. And eve they are done with water, they are too tired to play. Consumption of unsafe water also exposes children to diseases which also affects their health by making them sick and not being able to be active.

Through your support dear friends, Another Hope Children’s Ministries through the water life project, has been able to construct water tans for households/families and in return, the children in these households/families have been relieved from the burden of fetching the water especially during the rainy season. And because they have time on their hands they are able to get time back which the use to play and to get actively engaged in their Education.

If it was not for your support, children like this one below would npt have gotten such an opportunity to plan and study.

It is exhausting having the burden of fetching water three times a day. I stay with my grandmother and my other siblings in Gimbo village, Wakiso District and our family is one of the beneficiaries of the water life project. We were blessed with a water tank by Another Hope Children’s Ministries and it has weighed off the burden of fetching water from the well. Fetching water was on the list of activities we used to do every day and we needed to fetch water three times a day since we are nine people in the home, we needed much water to use. This denied us the chance to play as much as we do now when we have a tank. It reduced on the risks we used to face like being beaten at the well. I remember the days we used to come back from school and then go to the well, collect water and by the time we got home it was night and we could not even do our homework. I enjoy the time with other children in the home. The time we used to spend fetching water is grand time to us now and we spend it playing and doing our homework and reading our books. Thank you so much Another Hope Children’s Ministries for giving us back our time as children in the family.

 

It is so encouraging to listen to such stories that are brought about by you choosing to support the water life project. Your support is helping to bring up an adult that will not be deprived of his/her childhood and will be a better adult.  We will forever be grateful for this support.

We still need your support for this project and don’t hesitant clicking this link to support a family  by changing their lives through the water life project:   

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/water-life-project/

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a kid at a dirty well
a kid at a dirty well

 

A child fetching from the well surrounded by a bush

Contaminated water and poor sanitation are linked to the transmission of waterborne diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. These diseases can be spread while bathing, washing, or eating food or fruits exposed to contaminated water. Approximately 88% of death due to diarrhea illness worldwide are attributed to unsafe water and poor sanitation. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year, more than 3.4 million people die as a result of water-related diseases. In Uganda, it is estimated that about 89,000 cases and 3,000 deaths occur annually due to cholera. Most of the victims are young children and the majority die due to illnesses caused by organisms that thrive in contaminated water sources.

Safe and readily available water positively impacts the health of the public, whether it is for drinking, domestic use, food production, or recreational purposes. The majority of the victims being children, Another Hope Children’s Ministries started the water life project which targets children to reduce their risk of contracting the waterborne diseases through things such as constructing water tanks, distribution of water filters, constructions of toilets in their households and schools.

Five households in muyenje village Wakiso district have received water tanks this month making a total of fourteen household water tanks in this community to help them access safe water for day-to-day activities. The water tanks help to relieve the children with a load of fetching water which they get from long distances and saves them from many other risks like drowning into the wells and contracting water-borne diseases. Twenty-eight children from the five households are now free from the burden of fetching water every day and they can use the time to read their books and also play because the water tanks in their homes are serving clean and safe water.

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A ten-year-old girl who happens to be the elder child in the family of four children noted that the water tank constructed for them in their home is going to be very useful. Because most of the day to day activities at home need water, walking a kilometer to and from the water source had become a burden to the beneficiary and her young siblings. The water from the stream was not clean enough and it was smelly which made it uncomfortable for use but because they had no option, the family had to use this water to survive. The water exposed the family to risks of contracting waterborne diseases like bilharzia and typhoid because it harbored water snails and sometimes cows used to drink from the same water source. All the risks and hardships that were encountered during the struggle to get water is history because the family has a water tank which is a safe water source. Activities like washing utensils, washing clothes, and cooking were made easy and the children have more time for revising and enjoying their playtime.

Benefit family A
Benefit family A
young girl
young girl
11th water tank
11th water tank
children leaning on a water tank
children leaning on a water tank

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