WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE (WASH) PROGRAM IN UGANDA
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Africa Sustainable Tourism Care Foundation
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. Therefore, your work in this project will involved a Hand on work activities such as:
Construction of water wells, Renovating of water wells, construction of pit latrines, teaching the community about health issues in relation to water conservation and sanitation etc
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
- International Volunteers
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.