Emergency water access appeal in northern Uganda
Providing clean drinking water for refugees and host communities
Recurring conflicts in South Sudan has triggered a humanitarian crisis and has led to a stream of refugees seeking safety in neighboring countries - above all in Northern Uganda, which is now home to around two million displaced people from South Sudan. The situation has strained the delivery of WASH needs to host population, with not nearly enough boreholes to meet demand.
The host population already suffered from shortages – and the arrival of thousands of refugees has placed added pressure on the limited resources. Agoro Community Development Association (ACDA), with support from Nederland Albert Schweitzer Fonds (NASF) is working to provide an improved supply of clean drinking water for refugees and local people in Lamwo District, while implementing hygiene measures to reduce the spread of sickness, and provide support for menstruating girls – who often suffer severe disadvantages, for example missing out on school, because of poor sanitation and social stigma.
The refugees in Lamwo Camp are predominantly women and girls. The continually rising number of people living in the area, and the poor functionality of boreholes means that providing the refugees and host communities with clean drinking water is an enormous challenge. The repair/rehabilitation of boreholes should mean that there is enough water available for the needs of both local residents and refugees.
Personal hygiene during menstruation is a challenge for many
of the girls in the area. This means that large numbers of them miss out on
school during their periods, or even leave education completely. Providing
girls with soap, underpants, and reusable sanitary pads; as well as providing
hygiene techniques, and overcome prejudices associated with menstruation helps
to prevent this from happening, as does the provision of schools water facilities.
The goal of this campaign is to provide clean drinking water for refugees and local people, and improve levels of hygiene with a particular focus on ensuring that menstruating girls are able to attend school.
With your kind support, your contribution will go towards;
· 1. Repair of existing water sources (Boreholes, water tanks)
· 2. Distribution of water canisters to needy girls for the safe storage of water
· 3. Distribution of feminine hygiene materials to schoolgirls in menstrual age
· 4. Distribution of solar lamps to improve night safety for girls.