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Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Currently, almost 40% of Ugandans do not have access to clean drinking water
70-80% of Ugandans do not have access to sanitation facilities
At Tekera, most people get their water from an underground tree well and then boil it
Water continues to be an issue for us at the Center and in our community. Climate change is causing the rains to come more erratically and in a larger quantity vs. shorter time period than ever before. The rain is ruining crops, causing soil erosion, or is conversely delayed months and crops are drying up. We are trying to dig wells so that we do not lose the farms in the dry season.
Sanitation, together with good hygiene and safe water, are fundamental to good health and to social and economic development.
Uganda has more than enough underground drinking water supply to meet the needs of it’s people. 18% of the topography in Uganda is fresh water, made up of rivers, lakes, and basins. The issue lies in accessing it, which is difficult for the average individual (and community) because of lack of government infrastructure. Water use in rural areas ranges between 12 and 14 litres per person, per day. Most individuals walk 2-6 km for water using a refillable jerry can. The average jerry can is 20 liters, so for a family of 6 this requires 4 trips to sustain daily water needs.
From the ‘magic tree’ (a tree in Tekera Village where is water spring is located) to rainwater harvesting and bio-sand filters, many methods are used to bring water to Tekera.
A number of projects were undertaken to ensure TRC and the community have water. There is a borehole well that is accessible to the community, the Center runs a rainwater harvesting systems on all the buildings, each area of the Center uses bio-sand water filters, and we also are in the process of digging wells.
Sanitation is an important focus at TRC. Sanitation programs are implemented in the form of school latrines and girls hygiene rooms, which greatly benefit the community. It allows girls to attend classes throughout the month, so that they can remain engaged at school despite their monthly periods. The many latrine blocks decrease health risks, water-borne illness, and water contamination.
Water and Sanitation substantially reduce the rates of morbidity, the severity of various diseases, and improve quality of life for huge numbers of people at Tekera.
At the TPS, students have access to clean drinking water while attending school. They also have water to wash their hands frequently, and their school meals are prepared with clean drinking water. At the farm, water wells help us irrigate the fields because farmers can no longer rely on consistent or predictable rain patterns for agriculture use. More and more, we are relying on accessing underground water sources to ensure sustainable water sources. Climate change continues to make us look for new and creative ways to access and use water.
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