CSR Initiative with Surge for Water
Safe and readily available water is essential for public health, regardless of whether it is utilized for drinking, residential purposes, food production, or recreation. Water supply and sanitation enhancements and improved water resource management can stimulate economic growth and significantly reduce poverty in developing nations. In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly formally acknowledged the human right to water and sanitation. Everyone has the right to personal and domestic water that is sufficient, continuous, safe, acceptable, physically accessible, and inexpensive.
Poor sanitation and contaminated water contribute to the spread of diseases such as cholera, diarrhoea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. When water and sanitation services are unavailable, poor, or improperly managed, individuals are exposed to an increased risk of infection and disease.
/ Globally, 15% of patients develop an infection during a hospital stay, with the proportion much more significant in low-income countries.
/ Approximately 842 000 people are estimated to die yearly from diarrhoea due to unsafe drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene.
/ In low- and middle-income countries, 38% of health care facilities lack improved water sources, 19% do not have improved sanitation and 35% lack water and soap for handwashing.
The borehole in question is at Imakioroch village and was drilled in 2006 by the local government. Over time, the pipes became rusted, and the soak pit was filled with dirty water, which caused contamination at the water source.
Before borehole rehabilitation, water users walked for kilometres to other boreholes to collect water when the well would break. Community members would need to pay a certain amount at the alternative water sources to collect one jerrican of water. Additionally, the unavailability of water used to cause disputes amongst the community members apart from the various health hazards.
After the rehabilitation, Imakioroch Community’s borehole is fully functional and brings clean, safe water to the community. The water users now have access to improved health, hygiene, and sanitation.
To strengthen community capacity for borehole management, the water user committee (8-10 people, encouraged to be more than 50% women as they are the ones that carry the burden of water collection) is trained on borehole maintenance and ensuring proper sanitation and hygiene practices at the water point.
Together with Surge, we believe locals should be the transformation owners. Together, we create strong grassroots partnerships with the community to ensure our solutions are targeted, effective, and long-lasting.
We positively touched 1,437 people from the Imakioroch community in Uganda.
The following areas have benefitted from the borehole rehabilitation:
Imakioroch Village, Kaaga Parish, Ochero Sub County, Kaberamaido District, Uganda.
With the sustainable initiative with Surge in borehole rehabilitation, the community can spend less on health, as people are less likely to fall ill and incur medical costs and are better able to remain economically productive. And, with children at risk from water-related diseases, access to improved water sources will result in better health and therefore better school attendance, with longer-term positive consequences for their lives.
About Surge For Water
Surge for Water is registered with the International Humanitarian City in Dubai. Surge invests in communities through safe water and sanitation solutions on a global scale to help end the cycle of poverty. Surge operates under a community-driven model, working hand-in-hand with local partners and community members to implement impactful solutions that have been sustainably designed.
Their solutions include wells, springs, rainwater harvesters, filters, toilets, hygiene and menstrual health education. With billions of people lacking access to these basic needs, your contribution funds community-led, sustainable initiatives.
Every drop, no matter how small (or big), will make a big difference for generations to come!
For more information on Surge, visit www.surgeforwater.org.
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