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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

We believe every man, woman, and child, should have access to safe and affordable drinking water. We also want to help build healthier communities, making sure that both adults and children have the water they need to complete their working day and concentrate in class. We aim to remove all barriers to children’s education, including the lack of access to toilet facilities and feminine hygiene solutions. Coupling this with education to reduce the stigma associated with feminine hygiene empowers women and girls, increasing their confidence, dignity and chances of finishing school.



Did you know...
  • The average container for water collection in Africa, the Jerry can, weighs 18kg when full. This is the average weight of a 4-year-old child
  • In the UK, we each use on average 140 litre of water per day. That’s the equivalent of 6 Jerry cans!
  • 61% of Ugandans lack access to safe water
  • On average, girls and women in developing countries walk 6km each day to collect water – time which could have been spent in work or school

Sanitation & Hygiene

Did you know...
  • In the world, more people own a mobile phone than have access to a toilet
  • Girls in Uganda typically miss up to 2 months of school each year if there are no sanitation facilities at school for during their menstruation
  • 75% of Ugandans don’t have access to a toilet
  • In Uganda, over 4,500 children under 5 die each year from diarrhoea caused by dirty water or poor toilets


What do we do?

Here are some examples of the WASH projects we do in the communities we work in.

  • Drilled Well
    Drilled Well

    A deep well, drilled through hard rock to reach fresh aquifers

  • Hand Dug Well
    Hand Dug Well

    Where there is a high water table, a shallow hand dug well is all that is need to reach fresh aquifers

  • Rainwater Harvesting
    Rainwater Harvesting

    Rainwater is collected on rooftops and then filtered to create fresh drinking water

  • Ventilated Pit Latrines
    Ventilated Pit Latrines

    These are disability-accessible toilet buildings with emptiable, deep, concrete chambers for waste disposal

  • Menstrual Hygiene Management
    Menstrual Hygiene Management

    The provision of hygiene education and reusable menstrual hygiene kits for girls to enable their empowerment and attendance at school

  • Education

    We train and raise awareness of safe hygiene practices, including feminine hygiene and hand washing

Read some of our latest stories below to find out more.

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  • 17th May 2023

    Empowering Women in Rural Kenya

    Empowering women through income generating enterprise in Rural Kenya Nakwijit Village is an extremely rural area with very little infrastructure. The people who live here are primarily livestock and pastoralist farmers. They frequently relocate to find new water sources for their animals. Due to the nomadic nature of the community,…

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  • 31st March 2023

    Avubu Primary School: Meet William!

        Meet William! William Wajom-nitho (53) lives in Atido village, Nebbi district with his wife, six children, and three grandchildren. He is the chairperson of the Water User Committee, responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the borehole at Avubu Primary School. Thanks to the Soutar Charitable Trust and…

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  • 1st October 2019

    New water source in Katuuso village brings clean safe water

    WASH (Water, Sanitation & Hygiene) is one of our four areas of work and we believe every man, woman and child, should have access to safe and affordable drinking water. With this vision steps began to install a new water source which would provide clean safe water to the Katuuso…

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