In northern Uganda, women and children walk anywhere from 5 – 10kms to collect their water 3 times per day. Often, the water isn’t even clean.
Well Worth It seeks to provide communities with access to safe, clean water – a basic human right.
A contaminated water source 2.9kms away was their only was of accessing water. They would make this trip 3 x per day. In the village, the team spoke with a 70year old man from the community who had never seen clean water. He never believed in his lifetime it would be possible. The well now provides water for a community of 2,000 people.
The old water source was 3.5kms away. There was much sickness visible in the community. They cheered when the water was pumped.
600 households impacted
Servicing a community of 250 people
Well # 53
How can you help?
To drill a bore hole in northern Uganda,
it costs just $7,500 (AUD)
This includes a hand pump and a bore hole that will reach a depth of at least 60m. We employ a local team on the ground who know the right standards and the community, and so can stay in touch once the bore has been drilled.
To repair a bore hole in northern Uganda,
it costs just $250 (AUD)
Too many communities have access to a bore hole that has been in need of repair for months if not years. Our local team perform service and maintenance, and repair these wells so communities can have clean water again.
To fund a team to maintain wells across northern Uganda, costs $1,000 (AUD)
This allows a team to head out and undertake well repairs to minimise the amount of downtime a well will have. To keep it functioning optimally and ensure the water is continuing to flow, we need to keep the ground staff ready to go.Everyone knows that a car needs to be serviced every year – a well is no different!
How does access to water relieve poverty?
Women and children in Africa spend approximately 200million hours collecting water per day.
In many cases, this water is not clean.
The time that it takes to collect this water is preventing these girls from accessing an education – education that will give them opportunities that poverty will not.
For women, they are the primary caretakers of the land and family in Uganda. This time takes away from tending to their crop and caring for their family. The crops are essential – they take time to grow are are the main source of income for a family. They are often the main source of food. Once a crop has been harvested, a woman may sell that at the market for income to send her children to school, to pay for health care to to buy other food.
This income source will also allow her to start a small business or other income generating activity, building her family’s income and further paving their way out of poverty.