Until recently the people of Shimbwe collected their drinking water from streams. Unfortunately this water could be subject to contamination, so many people, particularly children suffer or die from waterborne diseases such as amoebiasis, typhoid fever and parasitic infestation.
We knew the provision of safe clean water would make a lasting transformation in everybody’s quality of life.
To that end we’re working towards providing clean safe water to everybody in Shimbwe Ward eliminating waterborne diseases forever.
So far we have built several water intakes, two reservoirs and many domestic pressure points covering 80% of the ward and are already seeing the cumulative effects of access to clean water like:
- People with more time and energy, therefore working harder and improving productivity
- Children able to spend more time on their homework and leisure activities, especially girls
- Less money spent on medicines; therefore the cash will be spent on other commodities
- Life expectancy will increase, as children will survive to reach adulthood