Water, Hygiene, and Sanitation
According to the existing Uganda water supply Atlas 2010-2011, Mubende is one of the districts in Uganda with very low safe water coverage. The percentage population with clean safe water is 36%, while it is only 28.3% of the population that has effective adequate sanitation. Most water sources accessed by rural peoples are shared with animals, causing the water to be contaminated.
RHCF Uganda is the first, anbd currently only, NGO operating in the Mubende district that is working towards increasing access to clean water, and teaching proper hygiene and sanitation practives. We have become a part of the District Water Board to help increase their impact. Today, RHCF Uganda has constructed XXX number of wells. However, we believe that the work doesn't stop here.
Without proper hygiene and sanitation education, a well can become unuseable because open defecation will lead to contamination of the source. RHCF Uganda leads seminars and workshops to teach villagers how to construct proper latrines and tippy taps (hand washing stations) using locally available materials to ensure the longevity of the well.
Additionally, water councils are created in each village where a well is constructed in order to enforce proper use of the well and manage its upkeep. Surveys are done before and after the well is installed to monitor the progress of communities.