Clean water isn’t a luxury; it’s a basic human right.
Mercy Hands Uganda provides communities in need with localized clean water sources and sanitation facilities. We also work with individual community members to promote local education in basic hygiene practices and waterborne disease prevention.
This not only helps to reduce the spread of disease, it also relieves children especially girls of their daily treks to collect water, freeing them to attend school.
For many developing communities around the world, the same water source that’s used to collect household water for drinking and cooking is also used as a dumping ground for human and animal waste. Often remote, these water sources are also plagued with bacteria and contaminants.
It’s no wonder, then, that 80% of illnesses in the developing world are linked to poor water and sanitation.
What’s more, these stagnant, unclean sources of water are frequently located many miles from communities, forcing women and children to spend hours each day hauling back-breaking loads of water to their homes.
Without a reliable, sustainable source of clean water, children are either too sick or don’t have time to go to school. And so, the cycle of poverty continues.
Did You Know?
- More than 780 million people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water.
- Worldwide, 2.5 billion people are without access to adequate sanitation facilities.
- Around the world, 1 out of 4 deaths in children under the age of five is due to a water-related disease.
- Diarrhoea kills more than 3,000 children each day. 88% of diarrhoea disease occurs because of unsafe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene.
Mercy Hands Uganda aims to improve access and change not only circumstance and opportunity, but also behaviour. Ultimately this leads to a change in community status, resulting in long-term, effective and meaningful development.
When first beginning to work in a community, Mercy Hands Uganda focuses on improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities, while also implementing programs to increase the practice of healthy habits and clean water usage.