The Pit Latrine construction project is under the WASH project and it fall under the sanitation to ensure access and use of basic toilets and ways to separate human waste from contact with people. One important area of work for sanitation is to end the practice of “open defecation,” and facilitate community-led initiatives to build, maintain and use basic toilets.
Pit latrine coverage in Uganda is low, 47%. A study done by UNICEF(1993) showed that pit latrine coverage was 20% and those families who have the pit latrines but do not using them, while others have them but in poor hygienic conditions, and yet others do not have them at all. As a result of this, there is a high incidence of diseases caused by poor sanitary conditions especially worm infestation and diarrhea diseases.
With lack of toilets, human waste is disposed of in polythene bags that are dumped in the bushes, roadsides, or even at water sources. This subsequently leads to outbreaks of diseases that thrive due to poor hygiene such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid, and diarrhea.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?
WATER CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING. Volunteers taking on this component work in manual labor such as digging the water wells, constructing of Spring Water Well and digging of trenches alongside skilled and unskilled local builders to help with the construction work
CONSTRUCTION OF PIT LATRINES. Enough said
PUBLIC HEALTH AWARENESS OUTREACH. Unsafe sanitation practices and the spread of preventable diseases are a large part of Uganda water crisis. Therefore, volunteers are needed to help educate the public, teach basic hygiene skills, test wells and other water sources, and provide affordable treatment to those in need.
WHAT THE PROGRAM ACHIEVES
Save Lives. That is the bottom line. By contributing to clean water projects abroad, you will be creating a better future for generations in the community you work. Clean water projects abroad help people survive and live better, safer lives. Water project volunteers can help people understand the effects of using unsafe water and teach them how to help prevent the spread of germs and disease. It may seem like common sense to many, but those who lack the education and resources to make clean water possible suffer horrible consequences around the world. No doubt, volunteers brave enough to join the fight for clean water will be heroes to those they serve.
No specific qualifications are required but previous experience in the construction industry is preferred. Participants should bring both enthusiasm and humility to their projects. Volunteers are expected to be independent and creative, bring ideas to the table, be respectful to organization leadership and work collaboratively.