Clean Water Brings Hope to Ugandan Families

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Posted on 12/6/2013

Since coming to Uganda in 1980, ChildFund has worked to improve the quality of life for thousands of Ugandan children and their families. Despite everything that ChildFund and our partners have accomplished, many communities still lack basic amenities such as adequate sanitation and health care.

The Importance of Hygiene

According to the World Health Organization, Uganda has a population of almost 33.5 million people. Approximately 25 percent of Ugandans live below the poverty line, which is significantly better than the 56 percent poverty rate recorded in 1992 and 1993. However, millions of people, especially those living in rural areas, still struggle with food scarcity, inadequate sanitation and disease.

Data from the World Bank suggests that while much progress has been made in reducing the number of people living in extreme poverty, a substantial portion of the country's population is still considered vulnerable. People living in urban areas are significantly more likely to have access to basic health care and education, but families in remote areas often face greater challenges.

One of the most urgent problems facing many Ugandans is a lack of access to clean water. Respiratory infections and diarrhea remain serious health threats, especially to young children. Inadequate sanitation is often directly responsible for the spread of preventable illnesses, and many children die as a result. According to UNICEF, the 2010 mortality rate among Ugandan children under the age of 5 was 99 per 1,000 live births, and the average life expectancy in Uganda is just 54 years old.

Clean Water, Better Health

Because preventable, waterborne germs cause death and sickness among Ugandan children, we have focused on providing access to clean water supplies. According to UNICEF, 91 percent of people living in urban areas have access to clean water, but the same can be said for only 64 percent of families living in rural areas. Similarly, fewer than half of rural Ugandans have access to adequate sanitation systems.

Although this situation poses a significant health risk to all children, the circumstances for families living with HIV — approximately 1.3 million people — are more dire. For this reason, ChildFund launched a campaign in November 2012 to provide cement Ferro water tanks to families living with HIV and AIDS in the Butemba community of Kiboga.

Our goal is to raise $19,000 to install 45 water tanks in Butemba. Each tank can hold almost 1,600 gallons of clean water. This project will ensure that families affected by HIV and AIDS will have a reliable source of clean drinking water, and up to 300 children will benefit directly from this initiative. To date, we have raised more than $10,000.

To help us improve the lives of families living with HIV in Uganda, please consider making a donation to this project. Your generosity will make a tremendous difference in the lives of hundreds of children and offer hope to families affected by HIV and AIDS.