The AWS Program ensures that rural communities in our implementing areas have access to safe water and build their capacity to maintain safe water sources for even more years later. Like most areas in Uganda, access to safe water in the Alwi sub-county known as the dry corridor of the Pakwach district, was a big challenge forcing communities to use unsafe water sources such as local wells, ponds and streams. This prolonged the impact of waterborne diseases. Children and women continued to face the burden of walking for long hours to collect water.
In the past, whenever the people of Alwi gathered, they discussed how a lack of water not only brought them diseases but also put their lives at risk of being attacked on their way to collect water, in the long run, hindering their children’s education and dreams. The children continued to drop out of school to help fill the family water shortage.