Imagine practicing social distancing, without a home. Imagine washing your hands, when you have no clean water. Imagine going to a health clinic but needing to bring your own jerry can from the river 3km away before you arrive. For the majority in Uganda, this will be their experience.
As Canada faces the unprecedented, devastating effects of the COVID-19 virus, our friends and partners in Uganda begin to prepare for it as well. In a country that has more Government Ministers than ICU Beds, where 1 in 4 experience the daily, devastating effects of water poverty, and where basic hygiene and sanitation practices are simply not able to be practiced, we know that the potential loss of life and economic hardship from COVID-19 could be profound.
But there is hope. The COVID-19 Disaster Response Fund has been set up so that we can respond to this unprecedented crisis both in Canada and in Uganda while keeping our clean water projects flowing. We have already disbursed soap to 9,000 people, built hand-washing stations in front of health clinics and trading centres as well as printed and published posters to teach proper sanitation techniques during this time. We will be working in the weeks to come on more measures to continue to reach vulnerable Ugandans during this time of crisis. You can see the early stages of our impact in a post HERE.
The fund will be used in the coming weeks and months to support Ugandans with their crucial needs during this season and to ensure that our future projects, planned for communities who have been waiting for decades for this clean, fresh water, are not robbed of their opportunity to receive clean fresh water because of this virus.
Acts for Water is one of Canada’s oldest charities focussing on providing clean, fresh water to communities in need in Southwest Uganda. For over 30 years now, we have earned the trust of Canadians as we’ve partnered with Ugandans to build clean water systems, latrines, and hand-washing stations that have helped communities thrive. Now, more than ever, this clean water will save even more lives.
Please give generously today.
Donate to the COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund so that we can respond to the costs and needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Kindly write COVID-19 Relief in the ‘memo’ to ensure your gift gets allocated correctly.