Kankesa, Mpigi District, Uganda
“Our pond has been polluted by poor waste management and illegal sand mining. The water from the Pond used to be brownish and not good for human consumption but as poor people there was nothing, we could do about it.
We tried a lot of times to punish those that poorly dumped waste near the ponds but to no avail did it work.
Being open ponds, it is not easy to monitor them, children always have a way of playing around and dumping waste here and there. With the illegal sand mining, it is a source of livelihood for our people in our community and many families depend on it to acquire basic needs therefore engaging authority in such an issue would negatively affect many families’ source of livelihood. We can say now that we will no longer have to consume unsafe water with our new well that provides us clean and safe water.”
This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.