The 2019 L2B SJ Cycling campaign raised in excess of £31,000 towards WF AID humanitarian projects, to bring water to the most impoverished in the world.
Uganda was one of the destinations for the SJ Allocation, specifically Budaka and Butebo Districts in Eastern Region of Uganda.
Children have access to water for drinking in their schools
- Located 10 boreholes in need of attention, 5 in Budaka District and 5 in Butebo District. All were successfully repaired or renovated and are now fully functional in serving the local communities. Monitoring programme for boreholes also established.
- Constructed 5 new HDW’s (hand dug wells) – 2 in Budaka District and 3 in Butebo District. The water wells are serving the villages, surrounding Mosques, Churches and primary schools.
- 15 Villages and surrounding localities now have access to clean, safe drinking water from the borehole maintenance and newly constructed hand-dug wells. Beneficiaries use the water for both domestic and crop yielding purposes.
- Risk of water-borne diseases (such as amoeba, typhoid and bacillary dysentery have been reduced significantly.
- Mosques have access to clean water for wudhu; children have access to water for drinking in their schools.
- The time taken to procure water has elapsed from an average of three hours to thirty minutes, allowing for other productive activities to be undertaken as well as reducing injuries and risks resulting from obtaining water from far distances.
- Repair and renovation items were purchased locally from vendors, benefiting the surrounding region. These vendors would have a knock-on effect of benefiting from the projects, thus helped procure the most cost-effective options.
All ten boreholes that were identified in Budaka and Butebo Districts were repaired and renovated successfully, and are now serving entire communities. These communities were in desperate need of accessing water from neighbouring villages. Our intervention impacted greatly so that the communities can be self-sufficient, reduce acquiring lag (girls often fetched water two to three times a day, covering tens of miles) and can divert their attention to other activities.
Every $1 invested in water initiatives returns an average of $4 in increased productivity.
World Health Organisation 2012
Hand dug wells
Three areas in Butebo District were selected, covering the villages of Kasupeta, Khatubayi and Puti, whilst two regions of Budaka District were chosen – namely Kaloja B and Bugwere. These villages have mosques, churches and primary schools within their vicinities yet found themselves within clean, safe water. In turn, this would maximise on the output of the HDW’s for the beneficiaries.
Beneficiary information for HDW’s in five villages (from two districts)
The HDW’s are fully functional and are readily providing safe, clean water to the aforementioned villages.
On average, the procurement time to acquire water has reduced from three hours to thirty minutes, making the project not only time-effective but also reduces the likelihood of injuries and risks being faced by women and girls who previously had to travel long distances (often a few times a day) simply to obtain water, due to the gender roles playing in rural Ugandan society..
As a result, girls of primary-age now have time to concentrate on other productive activities, such as school and domestic work.
Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) says:
“An act of charity given openly prevents seventy types of
mishaps, and a secretly given
charity cools the anger of our Lord Allah (S.w.T.)”