WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH) PROGRAM IN UGANDA
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation
Times of day
Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Access to clean drinking water and basic sanitation facilities could transform the lives of millions in the world's poorest countries. Universal access to water and sanitation could prevent thousands of child deaths and free up hours each day for women and children to go to work or school. This is especially true for girls -- studies show that girls are 12% more likely to go to school if water is available within a 15 minute walk rather than a one hour's walk.
In Uganda the lack of access to improved water supplies is a huge problem in rural and slum areas of Uganda with more than 80 percent of all disease being attributed to dirty water and poor sanitation. In rural and slum parts of the country, where Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation focuses its efforts, just one in three people have access to clean water while just 13 percent has access to adequate sanitation services.
At any given time, more than half of the country’s population of 37 million people is suffering from an unnecessary water-related disease. More than 250,000 children under the age of five die each year from diarrhea.
People do their laundry and bathe in the same places that they water their animals and get their drinking water. Latrines are virtually non-existent in rural communities with defecation taking place in fields, bushes or along drainage ditches. A simple long-drop latrine can radically reduce the amount of fecal matter that gets into the water supply.
Increasingly, Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation seeks funding for multi-purpose water projects that include components such as: protected faucets for drinking water; showers; latrines; basins for washing clothes, dishes and utensils; and, separate drinking troughs for animals. Beyond the issues of health, poor access to clean water also has a detrimental impact on development. In particular, water scarcity severely affects the lives of women as female family members are traditionally responsible for water collection.
Collecting water is a back-breaking chore that saps women’s energy, diminishes their health and restricts their involvement in productive activities and community affairs. Most women in rural Uganda spend hours a day collecting water from distant and polluted sources. Many girls never get an opportunity to go to school because the responsibility of collecting enough water to keep their families alive takes precedence.
THE VOLUNTEER’S ROLE
As mentioned above, the main traditional sources of water in most part of rural Uganda are small ponds and unprotected wells, both of which are easily polluted, causing disease and ill-health. The ultimate goal of your volunteering effort is to be able to help these communities to access safe sustainable clean water for their home use.
Volunteers in this field work alongside local communities to ensure that water, sanitation, and hygiene project, programs, and awareness are implemented effectively, professionally, and in accordance with the culture and practices of the local population.
Since there are so many processes involved in bringing clean water and sanitation to the masses, volunteers can choose among our three WASH project components including water construction and engineering, construction of Pit Latrines, and community outreach.
- WATER CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING. Volunteers taking on this component work in manual labor such as digging the water wells, constructing of Spring Water Well and digging of trenches alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work. Volunteers can also help in the Construction and renovation of Boreholes and water wells and Provide Technical Advice and skills to the WASH team in water. Both of these fields are fundamental in creating a working water system. Building materials, transportation costs, and repairs all have to be considered and managed. Much of this type of volunteer work requires physical labor, in sometimes extremely conditions Volunteers working on the construction or engineering components of clean water projects abroad should be well prepared for these conditions upon arrival.
- CONSTRUCTION OF PIT LATRINES. The other project which is part of the water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) project is the Construction of Pit Latrines: Pit latrine coverage in Uganda is low, 47%. A study done by UNICEF(1993) showed that pit latrine coverage was 20% and those families who have the pit latrines but do not using them, while others have them but in poor hygienic conditions, and yet others do not have them at all. As a result of this, there is a high incidence of diseases caused by poor sanitary conditions especially worm infestation and diarrhea diseases.
With lack of toilets, human waste is disposed of in polythene bags that are dumped in the bushes, roadsides, or even at water sources. This subsequently leads to outbreaks of diseases that thrive due to poor hygiene such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea.
3. PUBLIC HEALTH AWARENESS OUTREACH. Unsafe sanitation practices and the spread of preventable diseases are a large part of Uganda water crisis. Therefore, volunteers are needed to help educate the public, teach basic hygiene skills, test wells and other water sources, and provide affordable treatment to those in need. The importance of marketing, public awareness raising and education, community outreach, and fundraising for a cause cannot be expressed enough; these are the drivers that make change possible. Volunteers who choose these types of WASH project component can expect to coordinate events, monitor and evaluate projects, write newsletters and press releases, and manage overall publicity of clean water projects. Assisting in the preparation of the WASH proposals and Grant writing for WASH Projects funding and Fundraise for the WASH projects using “CROWD FUNDING” Approach.
All the above projects components will offer you with both valuable life-changing experience and an opportunity make a difference. You will work alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work. These projects will be contributing and supporting the capacity building of rural communities through intercultural learning experience. Advising the WASH team in water, sanitation and hygiene promotion programming, in broad coordination with other sectors. You do not need prior experience this projects. These are a very hand on, hands-dirty sort of program. Enthusiasm, a good sense of humor, and a helping spirit are required.
There are no specific qualifications or previous experience needed to join the Water, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH) Project. However, volunteers with previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the desired field or international experience are more helpful. Volunteers are expected to be hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
ASTCF’s minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our volunteer placements, volunteers at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program.
For more information please contact us at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.africasustainabletourism.org
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
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How To Apply
Enrolling in Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation program is easy. Decide which programs you would like to work with. When ready, click the APPLY ONLINE button on the ASTCF Application page. Fill out the application form in its entiretyand pay a deposit of $150 USD on your program fee which is required to validate and initiate the application process and to secure your placement. It will only take you a short time to complete this form: Online application. * If there is any doubt, call +256 794 279 045 or email the ASTCF office to verify your application was actually received by us.
Upon submission of your completed application expect an email confirmation from ASTCF within 24/48 hours. Follow the payment instructions to pay your US$150 deposit fee. Once your application has been accepted you have one week (7 days) to make your payment for your deposit fee. After paying the US$150 deposit fee you will be emailed an official acceptance letter, a Pre-Orientation Training Guide, the Pre-trip check list and your program invoice with instructions and the due dates of further payments of the remaining balance of the program fees not later than 12 weeks prior to your departure date or at the time of application if you apply within 12 weeks of departure.
And when this is done, we will be providing you advice about visas, immunizations, when to purchase your airline ticket and other things you will need to take care of before you depart. You will also receive a pre-departure handbook filled with valuable information about the country where you will be traveling as well as details about your specific program. In addition, our staff is always available to answer any questions you might have about your experience abroad.