In 2019, PureDrops will operate in Uganda for the first time. In Uganda, less than 35 percent of the people living in rural areas have access to basic water and almost 10 percent only have access to surface water. Furthermore, more than 40 percent of the population needs to walk for more than 30 minutes to their closest water source. This leads people do use and drink unsafe water which is one of the leading causes of death and disease across Uganda. Especially, children are vulnerable with more than 4000 dying every year due to diarrhoea caused by unsafe water. Also, the task of sourcing water is usually performed by women and girls, leading to a high level of gender inequality with regards to obtaining education and professional skills.
This year, the SIM 15 generation has establish a partnership with the Uganda-based organisation SPOUTS of Water and contribute to the overall goal of PureDrops: to provide access to clean drinking water to those most in need. In particular, we will focus on ensuring access spots for children and how to raise awareness of the dangers of unsafe water.
We will reach our goal in two ways:
1. Directly, by donating 100 water filters to schools;
2. Indirectly, by helping our partner Spouts to provide
rural families with filters
Our approach this year is based on three pillars:
1. Establishing a partnership with Spouts and helping them in regard to their business
case. More specifically, we will focus on enhancing their financial stability by reducing
their dependency on NGO donations and fleshing out incentive structures;
2. Educating local women and children on the importance of clean water and assisting
researchers from the University of Michigan in gathering data on how the filters are
impacting the lives of families and working mums;
3. Fundraising and donating filters through Spouts.