Volunteer Host Uganda


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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Program (WASH)

Volunteer Host Uganda’s water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) program aims to achieve one of the four targets of the seventh Millennium Development Goal (MDG), by halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015. The program provides sustainable and integrated services in rural and isolated areas, breaking the cycle of contamination caused by unsanitary latrines, contaminated water and unsafe hygiene practices. VHU ensures sustainability of these interventions by encouraging community ownership, developing linkages with local councils, and encouraging local entrepreneurs to supply low-cost hardware.

Program Objectives:

•Improve the quality of life and health for people in rural areas by providing them with clean water and improved sanitation
•Increase accessibility to safe drinking water sources for impoverished communities
•Reduce childhood mortality and lower the incidence of water-related illnesses
•Build capacity of local authorities and water managers in technical and financial management skills for water systems
•Free up more time for women and children to pursue education and work by eliminating the heavy burden of fetching water from a distant source.
•Build more partnerships with local authorities and international agencies to share lessons learned about design, management, operation and maintenance, and financing to provide better quality and more cost-effective water systems.

Successful Stories:

•Built five toilets in 2 village of Namina Sub-county in Mukono District in 2012
•Constructed 3 water sources in Mukono District and Kayunga district 2008 and 2012
•Constructed and renovated 3 water sources in Namina village, nakisunga Sub County, Mukono district in Dec 2013- March 2014