How clean is your water?
Walking to get water every day is a daunting task.
In rural Uganda it's normal to walk several kilometers to access a
clean water source, perhaps less to open water sources.
The burden is often delegated to the younger generation.
If you're lucky you have a ride to pick
Hours each day are spent solving the problem of water.
Many of the small towns have an urban water supply, but the price of
this water is beyond what most people can afford.
Even if the town has access to water it may be a long wait to fill
It's easy to imagine how
little we would accomplish in a day if we spent half of it getting
enough water to get by. Thankfully the Busoga Trust is doing something
to help. They help install the wells, but the local community does the
work and invests money in the project, making it their own. Hand
digging wells is still the norm in rural Uganda. We visited one that
was over forty feet deep. The majority of the time they only need to be
about fifteen feet deep.
A completed well is lined with brick.
Our gracious host Ned Morgan.
Over population is the
largest problem facing the world right. It has been shown around the
world that the more education people receive, the less children they
have. In Uganda many children drop out of school due to water related
heath issues. Not a later stage of school; primary school, the
fundamentals of learning. A staggering statistic: women in Uganda have
almost six children on average. Clean water won't solve all the
problems, but it's a step in the right direction. Access to clean water helps eliminate
many of the normal health problems that force children to drop out of
school. Further education - less children, upward mobility, you get the picture. The Busoga Trust is
doing great work with Ugandans to improve the future.
Clean water. Simple, life changing.