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Latrines for Refugees, Uganda

$460 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 6 people in 36 months
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My name is Jeanne Ratzloff and I want to built latrines (toilets). For those of you who are laughing – stop it!
 
In 2009 I founded Peopleweaver as a United States registered 501(c)3 charity. We work with Congolese refugees living in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda. Kyangwali's population is approximately 25,000. Many refugees have lived in Kyangwali for 20 years or more, many children know no other life.


The need for latrines is no laughing matter. Human waste has been implicated in the transmission of many infectious diseases including cholera, typhoid, infectious hepatitis, polio, cryptosporidiosis, and ascariasis. 2,000 children die each day from diarrhoeal diseases, according to UNICEF/WHO. 


The lack of latrines and related illnesses also has a heavy economic cost. Lack of proper sanitation results in annual economic losses of $260 billion due to health costs and loss of output (too sick to work).*1 This loss of income means - less food, less education, less opportunity, less money to spend on preventative care - such as malaria nets.

Over a quarter of the refugee camps in Uganda have an insufficient number of latrines, i.e. there are greater than 20 people per latrine.*1 From what I’ve seen  in Kyangwali, the number is much higher. And from what I’ve seen of the existing latrines, most are very inadequate - many flies and ground that appears ready to cave in. 


Personally I want to build latrines because I know many people in Kyangwali and care about them. I don't like it that they lack something so basic.  A few years ago while in Kyangwali I showed a 45-year-old friend the toilet in my room. Sofia, shown below,  had never seen a toilet and was amazed... and the fact she was amazed, pisses (excuse the pun) me off - she shouldn't be. I really don't want to think about all this every time I flush my nice, white toilet.  So, let's join hands and build latrines. 


There is almost an unlimited need for latrines in Kyangwali. Let's start by building 200.

Thanks.

Jeanne Ratzloff, Peopleweaver

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(We also have a Children's School Uniform Project, School Sponsorship both in Kyangwali and in the Democractic Republic of the Congo, as well as, Adult Education.)

*1 Lack of proper sanitation results in annual economic losses of $260 billion (World Bank)

*2 Over a quarter of the refugee camps in Uganda have an insufficient number of latrines (UNHCR)
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In 2014 we took Sofia, the leader of the women's microcredit group, to Kampala for medical care. This picture shows us in Kyangwali waiting for our transportation. I showed Sofia a flushing toilet and running water. Having never seen these things she was amazing and smiling. How to I communicate to you that no one should live without a decent place to go to the bathroom? Sofia is a kind, strong woman that was unlucky and now lives in a very difficult situation, she and her daughters deserve better.
Sofia
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The adult school's latrine has been started, as well as, three latrines for homes. We've also received $ towards one more. To those of you who have made this possible THANK YOU.

For those of you who are thinking for donating, please do.

The picture is of the adult school before windows and doors installed.
Women's Adult School under construction
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Sofia is a leader of the women's microcredit and adult school. Over 10 years ago she fled the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her daughters. Her husband and at least one son were murdered. When she arrived at the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement she was traumatized and depressed. She faced building her own home, something she had never done, and providing for her children. Sofia has gone on to be successful, she is an excellent business woman and community leader. Her home has a metal roof, which is a sign of prosperity. In 2014 I showed her the flushing toilet that was in our room. She had never seen one and was amazed. This doesn’t seem “right” to me, and actually makes me very angry.
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$460 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 6 people in 36 months
Created November 24, 2015
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JO
$25
Jenjer Overweg
34 months ago

I'm really impressed watching the things you're doing!!

JS
$50
Jen Soule
35 months ago
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Merry Christmas, Jeanne! Love, Ben & Jen

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Anonymous
36 months ago
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Ann Stewart Zachwieja
36 months ago
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Thank you for educating us, Jeanne, and for working to provide something that can make such a difference.

JO
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Jenjer Overweg
36 months ago
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With love from Jenjer Overweg & Sky Kids Uganda!

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Jeanne Ratzloff
36 months ago

Women & girls appreciate the privacy latrines provide. Thank you.

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