Uganda

“We had not known the actual cause of constant illness of our children until the filtration of water was introduced in our community by MAP. Today, we are stronger as a community and are much more able to be focused in all our work in the fields than spending half a year in hospital with sickly children.”

- Mrs. Catherine Okello, wife of Abala village chief

“Before MAP staff arrived with Sawyer Water filters, this village of 154 households had one very poor water source (which they shared with animals). Women and girls would walk an average of 20 minutes several times a day to get to this water source, only to come away with dirty water. Eighty percent of the disease burden could be attributed to impure water.

“Today, more than 900 lives have been transformed. There is a visible reduction in disease burden particularly those related to drinking unsafe water. This has improved community productivity and overall wellbeing of people in Abala village.

“Mrs. Catherine Okello, the wife to the village chief, who is also the Village Women representative on the Parish council, was so thankful for the project that she said, ‘We had not known the actual cause of constant illness of our children until the filtration of water and the community education on household hygiene and sanitation was introduced in our community by MAP. Today, we are stronger as a community and are much more able to be focused in all our work in the fields than spending half a year in hospital with sickly children. We will demand that government provides these filters to every household!’”

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