Uganda (2014 projects)
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. Since achieving political stability in 1986 it has made huge progress but the country is still desperately poor, leaving millions of people without safe water and sanitation. 8.8million people in Uganda do not have access to safe water – almost a quarter of the population. Many rely on contaminated water sources such as streams and open wells.
Over 22 million people, almost two thirds of the population, do not have access to adequate sanitation, sharing overcrowded pit latrines or practicing open defecation. Over 12,000 children die every year from diarrhoea.
Women and children spend hours each day collecting water; walking long distances and/or waiting in long lines at water sources: impacting on health; keeping women from farming and income generating activities; looking after their homes and families; and keeping children from attending school trapping them in poverty.