Archbishop Sees Life-Changing WaterAid Action in Uganda
Friday 24th August 2012The Archbishop of York visited a WaterAid project in Uganda earlier this month. The Archbishop toured the Kalerwe community, located 4km north of Kampala and saw the facilities constructed with WaterAid’s support which included rain water tanks, public toilets and pre- paid water meters.
WaterAid works in partnership with local project partners such as the African Evangelical Enterprise (a church based organization) to deliver water and sanitation projects often in remote or difficult to reach communities.
Dr Sentamu was accompanied to Kalerwe by Alice Anukur, WaterAid’s Country Representative. Alice outlined some of the challenges involved in securing clean water and safe sanitation. These included land rights and access to water, the unplanned nature of the informal settlements with poor sanitation and drainage, the overcrowding and high population growth rates, the limited access to safe drinking water, and poor refuse management.
The Archbishop of York said: “The challenges are tough, very tough for the local people. There are 350 people in this community using just 2 latrines. The situation is that the town runs out of water when the rains don’t come in time. People are using unclean water which is collected in jerry cans. This is too difficult to imagine for most. I am glad the African Evangelical Enterprise is involved, telling people of the love of God but that love of God has also a practical implication”.
He added; “AEE’s work with Wateraid is improving the lives of many and continues to work hard to bring about changes. When you enter into a community such as Kalerwe, you can see how desperate it is, and the changes that need to be made if health is to improve for some of the world’s poorest people. As we celebrate Harvest this year, please consider supporting WaterAid’s work across the world. Helping communities where access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities are still a distant hope. Please join me in supporting WaterAid in this essential work”.
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WaterAid’s vision is of a world where everyone has access to safe water and sanitation. Our mission is to transform lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world’s poorest communities. We work with partners and influence decision-makers to maximise our impact. www.wateraid.org