Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH)

Amigos’ WaSH programme seeks to ensure communities have access to safe drinking water and learn good sanitation and hygiene practices.

Sustainable Technologies

About the WaSH programme

Through the installation of a borehole and training a community in its maintenance, in good household hygiene practices and in constructing pit latrines, this programme aims to:

  • Reduce total distances walked to access clean and safe drinking water
  • Reduce the amount of time wasted by women and children fetching water
  • Reduce risks caused by walking long distances such as attacks or snake bites
  • Reduce risks of illnesses caused by drinking unsafe water such as typhoid, bilharzia, and diarrhoea
  • Promote positive behaviours towards water and sanitation practices
  • Increase the amount of time available for income-generating activities
  • Foster education and increase literacy by giving more time to children to attend school.

The United Nations in its sustainable development goal #6 has set the target to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030. Yet nearly 50% of Ugandans living in rural communities lack access to safe water.