Today is World Water Day!

 22 March - 2018

Today is World Water Day! So we want to highlight the importance of freshwater around the world.

We want to take this day to remember these beautiful souls at St Agnes Nsambya Primary School in Kalisizo, Uganda. It seems almost like a dream to realize that after 2 years, the program “Water is Life, Sanitation is Health” has impacted the lives of so many people.

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) education is part of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, as they are direct causes of poverty in many countries. The biggest gap in sustainability in Uganda, like in many other countries, is not the lack of water sources, or the water quality. It is the lack of capacity development in the most vulnerable communities about WASH practices. This is why Rotary prioritized the training and education component in this program. And the reason why we support WASH education as part of our humanitarian efforts.

What we need to know about WASH:

  • At least 1.8 billion people globally STILL use a source of drinking water that is fecally contaminated.
  • Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related  diarrhoeal diseases. And the number increases when we include the neglected tropical diseases, such as malaria.
  • Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world.
  • Drought afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition.