THE PEOPLE IN MUKONO DISCTRICT
In our youngest project we are working on access to clean drinking water in Mukono District. Where in Uganda is Mukono located? And how are the drinking water facilities there at the moment.
In the project 'Water for Mukono’ we work together with Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT), a Ugandan NGO with the aim of improving the overall standard of living in poor, rural farming communities. Mukono District lies to the north of Lake Victoria (the largest lake in Africa, located between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania). KWDT works mainly in fishing communities near the lake.
Fishing communities typically have poor hygiene, poor sanitation and lack of access to clean drinking water. They are among the world’s most marginalized communities, because of their location in rural areas where infrastructural development, access to health, education is limited whilst the population, poverty and illiteracy levels are high.
Because of the growing population and slower development of good sanitation facilities, Lake Victoria has become polluted. The households and communities are largely dependant on it's contaminated water and other open water sources. Women and children carry the greatest burden of fetching water for their household needs.
With the 'Water for Mukono' project we will support a large group of these women and children. Through training in the construction of rainwater tanks and the installation of the tanks, we can contribute to improving access to clean drinking water in Mukono District.
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