The Pakeyo Health Center is a busy facility that sees more than fifty patients a day and currently does not have a source of running water. Before the clinic opens one of the staff members walks to fetch water from a well, but it is a long walk and it is usually just a few hours into the day when the water runs out. This leaves the sick patients with no water to drink, use with medications, wash their hands or even rinse out the one cup they all share.
The healthcare workers are too busy treating patients to fetch more water, so the patients are told they have to fetch the water themselves.
Mercy is a fifth-grade student from Tobi, Uganda, who was being treated for malaria. Malaria is a parasitic disease carried by mosquitoes that kill over 400,000 people every year. Mercy was feeling very sick and had to walk about 2 miles to get to the health center. While she was waiting to be treated, she was asked to fetch water for herself and the other patients. Although she was not feeling well, she knew she was the best choice as the other patients were elderly. The situation is far from ideal and the Pakeyo Health Center is in desperate need of a safe water source.
Project Proposal: New Borehole Well
Our implementing partner, Drop in the Bucket, will drill a well that will provide safe water on the health center grounds.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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