Why WaterEvery day in rural communities throughout Uganda, millions of people suffer from a lack of access to clean, safe water. For school-aged children it's a burden that traps them in poverty. According to WHO findings, it has been established that about 75% of all diseases in Uganda are a direct result of lack of clean water and proper sanitation. The most common water-borne diseases affecting the people in the areas we serve are diarrhea, dysentery, typhoid, Bilharzia and cholera.
While statistics and pictures can crystalize the dilemma and lack of clean water in Uganda, the real experience is a manageable for most of us. Can you imagine life without access to clean water watching your children succumb to Dysentery and other water borne diseases?
Water is essential for life, for health, for agriculture and therefore for empowerment and prosperity. In Uganda, lack of access to clean water subjects “especially” children to preventable deaths and or severe illness of different types. One of the major childhood killers in Uganda is Dysentery and study shows it claims at least 33 lives a day. This early childhood diarrhea is not only deadly but also causes stunted growth hence affecting cognitive development and performance in education.
1 in 9 people still have no access to clean water. But in the communities we serve, it's 9 out of 9. Water is a daily and crippling challenge. Without water you can't grow food, you can't build housing, you can't stay healthy, you can't stay in school and you can't keep working.
Today, hope is on hold in over half of the developing world's primary schools without access to water and sanitation.On a daily basis in both rural and poor urban areas in Uganda, thousands of people suffer from lack of access to clean and safe water.
Children in school going age, their mothers and fathers bear a burden of walking several miles most of the times to access water from Ponds, Polluted Rivers and Lakes that are filled with disease causing organisms that make them and their entire families sick.
The diseases resulting from lack of clean water and time wasted in search for dirty water steals from the community their futures and it costs us money as a medical Centre to treat them during our Free Medical Camps. At times, its too late that we are unable to save lives!
But the water crisis can be solved. As part of our outreach projects to address this challenge, Calvary Medical Center started Clean Water Projects in vulnerable regions of Uganda to provide safe and clean water and therefore reduce morbidity.
We decided to help and we know you can Join Us.