Uganda WC Project

£50 of £1,500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 12 months
Created June 15, 2018
The conditions in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, are incomprehensible.

Sometimes you hear about the real conditions of people's lives and it’s so awful that it seems unreal.

I had this experience hearing about Kampala. Over 50% of the population live in ‘rural slums’. These are overcrowded, overpopulated, underfunded settlements people are forced to live.

They lack access to the basics we all take for granted. Clean water, education, safe housing, employment. The place they call home is prone to life-threatening diseases and child prostitution.

Most saddening, many have just accepted. No desire to improve their lives.

We’ve all heard this before from TV charity adverts or leaflets through the door. But please, just take a moment to try and understand a life like this. I find it too difficult to grasp. But for millions, this is an everyday reality.

The Uganda WC project is doing it’s bit to help.

SIDshare, a student-led social enterprise at the University of Sheffield, has teamed with Kids Club Kampala  - a local charity in Kampala running projects to bring children out of poverty.

We are building a compost toilet for a community in Namavundu, a slum settlement in Kampala. The communal toilet, a space of safe sanitation, will brings to community together providing compost fertiliser to improve crop yields.

A simple source of safe sanitation has the potential to prevent every child suffering from the horrific diseases in the overcrowded slums. A large proportion of families consist of just mothers and children as many fathers abandon their family or have died from HIV/ AIDS. These conditions make education a luxury, with only a quarter of the child population completing primary school.

Placing the community at the heart of the project enables a fully sustainable story. A WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programme will teach sanitation tips and how to use the toilet safely. The community will be involved in 100% of the project. From obtaining materials, construction itself and the long-term maintenance of the toilet.

Using local skills and materials empowers community capacity, showing they have the potential to help themselves.

We have fundraised just over £2500 so far, with a total project cost of £4000. The remaining fare being paid by the volunteers.

The funds go towards three aspects of the project:

Volunteer costs: Accommodation and flights.
Project costs: Local materials.
Community cost: Holding community meetings and printing WASH posters.

The project begins on 17/07 - with the engineering volunteers arriving in Kampala.

So this is our last urgent call for help. If you would like to contribute towards our goal your help is so much appreciated…. By us, but more so by the kids who need our love.
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£50 of £1,500 goal

Raised by 7 people in 12 months
Created June 15, 2018
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