WATER AND SANITATION
Access to clean water is a common problem in Eastern Africa and this has huge health impacts. After malaria, diarrheal diseases, which often result from poor water quality, are the most common cause of death in Uganda, and many of the most severe diseases endemic in Africa, such as cholera and typhoid, are transmitted via communal water sources. 3 children die every minute from water-related illnesses (UNICEF). That’s 9 children in the time it takes you to read this page.
Water is also in scarce supply – families walk long distances and spend a lot of time collecting water. They may struggle to provide enough water for both themselves and the animals and crops which are their livelihoods in the dry season. Therefore, lack of water can cause disease, famine and poverty, and reduce the time families have available for other essential activities. This is why it has a prominent place in the Sustainable Development Goal: SDG 6.
Afrinspire works with African communities to provide water not only for drinking, but also for cooking, washing, crop irrigation and rearing livestock. We believe that water is essential for sustainable development, healthy ecosystems, and ultimately human survival. We use a multifaceted approach to protecting and storing clean water for these central needs on a community-by-community basis.
“I used to spend 5 hours daily collecting water 3km from my home. The construction of this water tank has made my life easy; I have time to do my domestic cares”
Mrs Amuza, Community Health Worker