Water, Sanitation & Environment in Uganda
Having increased access to water is crucial not only to decreasing disease, but also to empowering women.
The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Women too often bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. By reducing the distance women must go to fetch water they are thus allowed more time for their own financial or personal pursuits, improving the quality of life for entire families and communities.
Seven of the 11 epicenters in Uganda have a clean water source at the epicenter. There are a total of 612 epicenter villages with functioning boreholes and an average of 15 wells per epicenter. There are usually between one and two latrines per epicenter, and two waste disposal facilities per epicenter. Having efficient and sanitary ways to dispose of waste is one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of disease.
All of the epicenters are involved in reforestation activities and compost. Planting trees not only helps the environment and the long-term climate resilience of the epicenter areas, but also provides wood nearby, so that women do not need to travel as far to gather wood for cooking while composting is a sustainable way of dealing with waste while also of enriching the soil and improving crop yields.