Owiny-Agule is a 2,400-person community that relies on small agricultural means to make a living. Staple crops that are not consumed are sold at a market 5 km away. The only water source is a lake 2 km away. The community suggests drilling a borehole and distributing water throughout the entire community. The project will be focused at the Owiny-Agule primary school to try and use water to benefit education.
There is only one primary school in Owiny-Agule with 1,300 students. The school is located about 1/2Km from the lake, the only available water source. Women, girls, and boys from the community spend more than 2 hours to fetch water from a small lake. During lunchtime, the children run down the lake to drink water. The lake water is not protected. Community members will defecate in the open contaminating the lake water. Other people trek to the lake to wash their clothes and bodies or take the water to their homes. While in the lake, people and animals defecate in the open. In addition to that, animals also use that same water source. As a result, people and pupils are exposed to water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, hepatitis, and typhoid. Almost half of the people in the community visit local clinics as a result of water-borne diseases.
The primary school only has 2 pit latrine which filled up just after half a year. Pupils have to stand in a queue to use the same existing full pit-latrine during break or lunchtime. As a result, most students stop returning to class. Due to inadequate sanitation facilities, students defecate in the open, in the bushes, or simply leave school. In addition to lack of sanitation facilities, the school does not have hand washing stations- since there is a severe lack of water it has affected health, hygiene and the economic condition of local people. At least 4 of every 10 children in the school are infected with water-borne diseases every year. Local public health authorities regularly close the school due to disease outbreaks and lack of sanitation facilities.
MissionCleanWater will be traveling to visit the community and see what solutions we can create with the community.