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Uganda Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

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Uganda Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

Working alongside local communities spreading awareness of the WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project, promoting basic hygiene practices and establishing clean water and sanitation facilities.

Prices from US$995

Uganda lies landlocked on the Central African Plateau in East Africa and offers an incredible contrast of landscapes: semi deserts, savannah, lakes, the Nile, rainforests and mountain ranges. Tourism is a huge industry in Uganda with travellers flocking to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, including the Big Five and its famous mountain gorillas. To quote Winston Churchill “For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life - bird, insect, reptile, beast - for vast scale -- Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.”

The Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) was recognised as a human right by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 July 2010. In Uganda there are 8 million people without access to safe water and 32 million people with no adequate sanitation. Farmers struggle to grow crops and earn a living, trapping them in a cycle of poverty. In cities large slums are without proper drainage or toilets, leaving waste to gather in and around people’s homes. Over 4,000 children die from diarrhoea every year in Uganda caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

Bringing clean water and improved environmental practices to communities has the immediate benefit of lowering the incidence of water related diseases such as bilharzia, trachoma, Guinea worm and diarrhoea and reducing childhood mortality. It frees up time for women and children to continue in education and employment who would otherwise spend many hours a day collecting polluted water from a distant source. Some girls even drop out of education as a result of the lack of private toilets available during their menstrual cycle. Improved health leads to higher productivity amongst wage earners and farmers, boosting the economy. Without WASH sustainable development is impossible.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Provide access to sustainable sources of safe water for rural communities
  • Work alongside local builders to construct sanitation facilities
  • Educate local communities on basic hygiene skills and sanitation practices
  • Promote WASH through outreach, marketing and events
  • Experience the breathtaking biodiversity of Uganda


 

FAST FACTS

Location Fort Portal, Jinja or Kamuli, Uganda
Activities Provide access to sustainable sources of safe water for rural communities 
Work alongside local builders to construct sanitation facilities 
Educate local communities on basic hygiene skills and sanitation practices 
Promote WASH through outreach, marketing and events
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation

Volunteer Guest House

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

Airport pickup

In-country Project orientation
Accommodation
3 meals a day
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The long term goal of the project is to improve the health and socio economic well being of rural communities by providing access to sustainable sources of safe water and sanitation and implementing basic hygiene practices.

The project works alongside rural communities, drilling new borehole wells, repairing existing wells, developing spring and rainwater catchments, providing water storage, building community filtration systems and constructing household latrines, refuse dumps and surface water drainage systems. It encourages communities to take responsibility for the maintenance and repair of water points and toilets, deciding together how to create a clean and hygienic environment.
 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

There are three components within the WASH project.
You may wish to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into constructing wells, boreholes, drainage systems, toilets and other sanitation facilities alongside local builders.

If you have marketing skills and enjoy community outreach and education you may like to get involved with coordinating events, managing publicity for the project and writing newsletters and press releases. Within this role you can write proposals and apply for grants to support the WASH project. 

Unsafe sanitation practices and the spread of preventable diseases are a large part of the water crisis in Uganda. An integral part of the project is educating the local communities about these dangers and demonstrating basic hygiene skills. In addition volunteers can help test wells and other water sources for pollution and waterborne diseases.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

A member of staff from our local partner organisation in Uganda will meet you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and take you to the volunteer guest house. 

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Accommodation is in same sex twin rooms in a local volunteer guest house. Each house has shared bathrooms with a western toilet, full kitchen facilities, a lounge area and Wi-Fi. ATMs, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets are a short walk away. 

 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with three meals a day prepared for you by a local staff member. 

A typical breakfast consists of tea, coffee, bread, preserves and scrambled egg.

Lunch and dinner are filling and nutritious, with plenty of delicious local vegetables, fruit, rice, pasta, cassava and matooke (boiled green bananas). Chicken and beef is served several times a week to supplement the menu.

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EXTRAS

Gorilla trekking tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be organised at weekends for volunteers. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the famous mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. 

In Jinja you can visit the Source of the Nile, the Busoga Kingdom Palace or enjoy some extreme sporting opportunities such as white water rafting and bungee jumping.

COSTS

2 Weeks US$995

4 weeks US$1,695

6 Weeks US$2,245

8 Weeks US$2,895

extra week £ 300

DATES

Projects start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. 

DURATION

2 weeks +

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Airport pickup
  • Project orientation
  • Accommodation 
  • Three meals a day
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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