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

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  • 22nd November 2023

    New latrine gives Willy’s daughters back their education

        Meet Willy! Willy Grace Canifua lives in Atido Village in Nebbi District, Uganda. He is married with 11 children (6 girls and 5 boys). Signpost International, working in partnership with ARUWE (Action for Rural Women’s Education), has been able to install a borehole and new latrine facility at…

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  • 5th October 2023

    Harvest Appeal

    It’s that time of year again when, in Scotland, the season starts to change. The temperatures begin to cool, the nights grow longer, and the colours of the leaves begin to change. Autumn is one of my favourite times of year as I’m reminded of the beauty of God’s creation.…

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  • 23rd August 2023

    Home School Children have an interactive learning experience at the Roundhouse

    Home school children learn about life in Uganda Polly (Education & Community) and Rosie (Communications) had a wonderful morning in the Learning Centre with a lovely group of Home School children and their parents!  The families learnt about all the different projects run by Signpost International, specifically our WASH (water,…

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