The United Nations in 2015 adopted a set of universal goals as a blue print to achieve a better and a sustainable future for the communities and countries as a whole, a set of 17 goals where set and targets where outlined, the goals which included;
1. End poverty
2. Zero hunger
3. Good health and well being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Descent work and economic growth
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequality
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
14. Life below water
15. Life on land
16. Peace justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals.
These goals are inter linked as part of the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, it is believed that water scarcity affects more than 40% people in the world and figures are expected to rise as temperatures are rising as result of climate change.
More and more countries are experiencing clean water and increasing drought and it is also projected that by 2050 at least one in four people will suffer recurring water shortages.
Safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030 requires us to invest in adequate infrastructure, sanitation facilities ,encourage hygiene, protecting and restoring water related ecosystems is essential.
Ensuring universal safe and affordable drinking water involves reaching over 800 million people who lack basic services and improving accessibility and safety of services for over two billion people.
●FACTS AND FIGURES.
•71% of the global population which is 5.2 billion people had safely managed to get drinking water in 2015 but 844million people still lacked even basic drinking water.
• 39% of the world population which is 2.9 billion people had safe sanitation in 2015 but 2.3 billion people practiced open defecation.
• 80% of waste water goes into water ways without adequate treatment.
• Water stress affects more than 2 billion people with figures expected to increase.
• The world has lost 70% of its natural wetlands over the last century.
Kelcherity Foundation having been touched by the goal of having clean water and sanitation within our communities and the country as a whole, we decided to kick start various projects of ensuring natural water sources are reserved In various communities within our nation, it has touched us to further know that our community NAMUNGOONA located in central Uganda, Kampala District, Rubaga Division with and elevation of 1200meters above sea level with a population of about 20,000 people with more than a half of that population living below the poverty line.
Due to the increased prices of tap water which many use for domestic and commercial use throughout the community, a lot of people reverted to fetching water from the wells available in the community of which many have been in a bad condition which puts the community at risk of being infected with various diseases like typhoid and bilharzia among others caused by consuming water which is infiltrated with waste, including open defecation around the wells.
The wells are further not well cleaned and slashed which may inhabit dangerous crawlers like snakes which pose a huge danger to people fetching water on these wells.
Kelcherity Foundation has therefore decided to take up the lead to various wells and other minor water reservoirs within the community through clearing the bushes around, digging and cleaning water flows around the wells so as to minimize the risk of waste water mixing with the water that people take and use as drinking water among other uses.
We are highly engaging the community and emphasizing on the importance of personal hygiene and sanitation so as to reduce and finally end sanitation related diseases and money spent of such, we call upon the local government to also improve or destroy poorly built latrines that highly leak and flow into water resources like the wells where the people get water from.
We also take our cry to the national water distributions company to reduce the prices of tap water, indulge in treating water sources where people get water from so as to promote a healthier community.
We intend to improve water quality and reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and ending the reduction of hazardous substances into water streams and substantially increasing recycling and safe water resources by 2030.
We intend to protect water related ecosystems within communities.
We also intend to support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management starting with Namungoona.
Through our activities in the long run we hope to have a total elimination of waste flow to wells and see that all the water sources in our communities have safe and available drinking water.