An Update from the Field

Re: COVID-19

An Update from the Field

Now, more than ever the clean water that you have helped us provide is a clear source of hope and health. It is saving lives, right now. Our increased efforts in hand-washing and sanitation as the best defence against this virus, will be critical in the weeks to come as Uganda tries to flatten the curve. As one of Canada’s oldest clean water charities, we feel privileged to play a critical role in helping others get through this pandemic.

Following the announcement of the first case of COVID-19 diagnosed on the 22nd of March 2020, and the subsequent announcement of the closure of all borders, all normal activities program activities under our work plan were stopped immediately. An Emergency Response Plan was then executed, in order to prepare both our staff and communities for COVID-19.

Because of the generous donations we received on World Water Day (March 22nd) , on March 25th we were able to purchase the required relief items and information tracts that were desperately needed to help prepare for the pandemic. These included Jerry cans, bars of soap, strings, nails, sanitizer, bleach, gloves and masks. Items were transported to camp, stored and guarded there.

COVID-19 protection with clean water

Supplies were then distributed to 17 villages in two days in Ibanda.

Approximately 8,780 people in 1,756 households received soap, a jerrycan, and a Tippy Tap (hand washing station) kit to retrieve clean water.

Soap in hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19
Fighting the spread of COVID with tippy taps

Signs were also created on how to properly wash your hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and on how to construct a Tippy Taps and then we hung them in high traffic areas that would be easily seen by community members.

Key stakeholders involved in relief efforts included: Village Health Team Councillors, Health Assistant, Kicuzi Health centre, Kicuzi Parish headquarter, WASH leads, and local government leaders. One of our Ugandan staff members named Richard M shared with the leaders present that the items purchased to help them prevent themselves from Covid-19.

The response from both the communities in Uganda and the Acts for Water staff in Uganda were full of gratitude for the support they have been receiving towards further prevention of COVID-19.

It has been a beautiful thing to see people come together to connect, support, and love one another through this uncertain time. You have been responsive with us at every step and we couldn’t be more grateful.

In times of social distancing, we need each other more than ever – so thank you for being a part of this tribe.

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