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.
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.
A deep well, drilled through hard rock to reach fresh aquifers
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 is collected on rooftops and then filtered to create fresh drinking water
Ventilated Pit Latrines
These are disability-accessible toilet buildings with emptiable, deep, concrete chambers for waste disposal
Menstrual Hygiene Management
The provision of hygiene education and reusable menstrual hygiene kits for girls to enable their empowerment and attendance at school
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.
Where We Work
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Latest NewsAll News
- 21st September 2018
In early 2017, we started the Pink Project in Uganda after raising just over £15,000 in donations and grants. High girl absence and school drop out rates stood out as a significant issue in the communities we were working in and we wanted to do something about it. The Pink…Read more
- 16th March 2018
Together with community residents and our local partners, we recently completed a water and sanitation project in the community of San Juan in the Philippines that was made possible through a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. San Juan is an overpopulated and illegal squatter community in the central Filipino…Read more
- 10th March 2018
Emmanuel is six years old and a pupil at Amaseniko Primary school. Because he has a disabled leg, the prospect of using a squat latrine is particularly daunting. “The school’s latrines were open and filthy and really difficult for me to use. Each day I would walk up and dread…Read more