Safe Drinking Water for Students
Faith in Water and A Rocha Uganda
Kabubbu is a rural village of approximately 4200 people, or 450 homes, located 20 miles north of Kampala, Uganda in the district of Wakiso. It is an area that primarily relies on shallow wells for drinking water and has limited access to safe drinking water infrastructure.
Faith in Water is a UK-based charity focused on promoting WASH practices through faith-based schools. A Rocha Uganda is an in-country organization committed to delivering WASH programs, including training to construct biosand filters and spring wells. Together, the organizations are partnering with MadiDrop PBC to bring safe water to students in the village’s primary school.
The organizations wanted to implement a low-cost safe water solution that would have a direct impact on students’ health, thereby improving school attendance rates. They judged the M-Drop to be a great solution.
The MadiDrop project provided 400 students with daily access to safe water in their classrooms. Each classroom was provided with water containers including a lid and tap. Teachers were provided with guidelines about using one M-Drop in each container and replenishing each container on a daily basis. Teachers and students also received guidance about safe WASH practices, especially keeping the water safe by not introducing dirty cups or hands into the containers.
“Our faith partners told us that water and sanitation problems were the biggest environmental, social and health issues in their schools. We realized that working specifically with faith schools worldwide could have a significant impact.”
- Faith in Water Website