This is the photo that changed my life

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This is the actual water that the villagers have as a water source. Using this water without decontamination has led to many cases and deaths from dysentery, cholera and other water borne diseases in the village.  

When I received this photo in October 2017, I felt compelled to do something. As it was my birthday coming up, I asked loved ones if they wanted to buy me a gift, I would love them to fund a water filter.

With my birthday presents and with friends donating money for gifts for Christmas 2017, we had the first 50 water filters arrive in the village before Christmas, and another 40 by the end of January 2019.

Prior to having using a terracotta slow drip water filter (purchased by the UN recognised Spouts of Water, Uganda, the women tried to boil the water to purify it. (That is if there is adequate fuel sources available.) The most common source of fuel is wood that has been gathered locally. Often with no fuel available, or wood being too wet to use, water is used unboiled or boiled for too short a time. (To effectively boil water to eliminate most diseases, the water must maintain a boiling temperature for a minimum of 5 minutes.)

One litre of water boiled is estimated to use 1 kilo of firewood. There is often not enough time or wood available to boil water effectively.

By having a water filter for the family’s use, the women not only save enormous amounts of time and effort, but they have constant access to 99.8% disease free water. The whole process takes very little maintenance, and not only have a positive impact on the environment, the women are released from the burden of providing disease free water for their family’s.

Although we have only funded water filters for half of the families in Kasenda, there is a growing awareness of sanitation and hygiene. Where possible the women are sharing the use of water filters, and although this is not ideal, it is a start.

Since our intervention of water filters, from the families who used them, there was an unprecedented absence of water borne illness in the village.

Typical house in Kasenda that would house 8-10 people

Typical house in Kasenda that would house 8-10 people

Pam Wood