In Africa Get Water is focusing the implementation of drinking water projects on Uganda. With the local organisation Get Water Uganda, it is possible to help communities in remote regions. Get Water Uganda (GWU) is a not-for-prof-it organization concerned with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs and Climate Change Mitigation in Uganda. GWU envisions a community where all people have access to clean and safe drinking water and sanitation and are responsive to climate change while using simple and sustainable community-based design approaches.
Water is a finite and irreplaceable resource that is fundamental to human survival and well-being. However, in many parts of Africa the provision of safe drinking water not secured and millions of people lack access to safe, sufficient and affordable water. In 2012, the governments at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development confirmed that safe water is at the core of sustainable development.
Uganda currently ranks 159th according to the Human Development Index 2019 (HDI value: 0.528; rank 159/189), therefore being part of the lowest 50 countries. Half of the country’s population still depends on unimproved water sources and only 18% are using improved sanitation facilities, contributing to a mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, sanitation & hygiene services of 31.6 per 100,000 people (HDI 2019). Get Water has selected Uganda as one of its primary implementation countries with a focus on WASH activities.