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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 and dignity and their chances of finishing school.

 

Water

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?

  • We rehabilitate and install improved water facilities
  • We train and raise awareness of safe hygiene practices, including feminine hygiene.
  • We construct appropriate, disability-accessible latrines. These are ventilated toilet buildings with emptiable, deep, concrete chambers for waste disposal.
  • We provide sustainable feminine hygiene solutions to enable girls to attend school during their menstruation.

 

Why do we do it?

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 and dignity and their chances of finishing school.

Where We Work

Signpost is currently working within disadvantaged communities by working in partnership to bring about community-driven change

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  • 17th April 2018

    Jacob’s Success

    “We could suddenly see the potential and if we worked together, we knew it was possible,” reflects Jacob. Jacob is one of the Community Agricultural Trainers (CATs) in Amuria in Uganda, working within his farmer group to help households improve their food security by using better farming methods. Signpost started…

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  • 6th April 2018

    Blue Water Tea Party Success!

    I’ll set the scene for you, nearly two hundred guests arrived in their blue outfits, ready to enjoy their afternoon in the ballroom of the Invercarse Hotel. Caitlin Finnan, blessed our ears with her beautiful cello playing as guests sipped their prosecco and explored the very large display of raffle…

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  • 18th March 2018

    Justine’s Garden – Potential Realised

    “Yii, I didn’t know much about farming back then!” laughs Justine shaking her head in disbelief. The Uganda mother of seven is describing the time before Signpost and Ugandan partner VAD (Voluntary Action for Development) began working in her community of Muguluka. “We used to grow tomatoes, egg plants, bananas,…

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