LEBC is proud to be connected with the Water and Sanitation Programme in Kigezi Diocese, Uganda in partnership with Tearfund.
“We seek to be transformed by God as we help to transform the lives of our friends in Kigezi.”
KIGEZI: WHY ARE TEARFUND WORKING THERE
783 million people in the world do not have access to clean water. That problem can be seen starkly in south-west Uganda, a land of hills and valleys. Most villages are on top of the hills, whilst the water sources are at the bottom.
Water storage is needed to avoid the children, usually girls, having to make unsafe journeys down mountains and having to miss school. In this area of Uganda, there is also a lack of knowledge about the dangers of unclean water and bad hygiene practices.
People don’t know that not washing your hands before preparing food or after going to the toilet spreads disease. As a result there are high rates of water borne diseases like diarrhoea, particularly amongst children. Climate change has also led to unpredictable seasons and events like landslides, floods, and soil erosion.
For a well off community these would be difficult challenges, but for the rural poor of Uganda, they are catastrophic.
INTRODUCTION TO KIGEZI
Watch this 4 minute video for an overview of the challenges in the Kigezi area of Uganda.
AIMS OF THE PROJECT
The Kigezi Diocese works with rural communities in the south west of Uganda to change this story. They want to see:
Communities of people being able to collect water close to their homes. They want to see them using that water well, implementing hygiene practices that keep people safe, and adapting to climate change.
Life-transforming mission by working through the local church, uniting the whole community around a common goal. They teach everyone about the importance of hygiene, and challenge practices that have led to disease and illness.
Communities who are trained to identify the resources they have and what they are able to do.
Local communities empowered to change their own situation but also the development of their skills that impact the rest of the community. As others see the benefits of tanks, demand for them grows, creating paid work for the trained group.
Gravity flow schemes that bring water to communal tapstands via spring-fed pipelines. Communal tapstands serve several households from a central location where people can collect water.
This project will directly benefit 18,591 people living in rural communities in Uganda by providing them with clean water, and teaching them the importance of good hygiene practices.
The outcomes of this project will be:
A church and community who are trained in how to build a rainwater harvesting tank, providing them with clean water for generations to come
A Church and core group who are trained so they know the link between water, health, and disease and can teach the rest of the community about the dangers
Water and Sanitation Clubs established in local schools, so that even the youngest in the community will learn about the power of washing their hands
For a more detailed description of the Kigezi Water and Sanitation Programme Click here
HOW ARE WE SUPPORTING KIGEZI AT LEBC:
Our Church will receive regular updates on the transformation in Kigezi.
LEBC is committed to providing support through regular prayer and also financially.