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 Biggleswade Deanery

Diocese of St Albans

A partly rural deanery, with a tradition of joint worship and an active synod.

Diocese of St Albans

2016 Deanery Project

North Uganda Outreach Project

North Uganda Outreach Project is a small UK-based charity, which strives to bring help in any way possible to the people living in Northern Uganda.

One of our current main focuses is providing clean drinking water to communities who are using particularly poor water sources. 9.3 million people in Uganda don't have access to safe water. Diarrhoea is the single biggest killer (ahead of HIV and malaria). 12,000 Ugandan children die every year due to unsafe water and poor sanitation.

An American company called Sawyer have developed a water filter using advanced dialysis filtration technology. Their water filters remove 99.99% of bacteria and protozoa such as Salmonella, E. coli, Vibrio cholera and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid), Giardia and Cryptosporidium. They are small, portable and don’t require chemicals, a power source, or a trained operator for use or maintenance. The filters cost just £33 each and Sawyer have a distributor in Uganda, making it easy to purchase and collect the filters, avoiding shipping costs.

Our charity works with local North Ugandan representatives and authorities in order to find the communities most in need of water filters - for example, villages that are forced to use stagnant water sources or share their water source with cattle and other animals. We provide one water filter to every household in each village, and simultaneously organise a teaching session on their use and importance.

We have to date provided water filters to 275 households in Northern Uganda, giving an estimated 3,000 people access to clean water for the first time. The benefits of this have been expressed enthusiastically by the local people during re-visits to the villages supplied. During one such follow-up, a local woman told us “The lives of my family changed when we began to use the water filter. We use and drink clean water, I cook clean food for my family, and we have no more medical spending on water-related diseases.”

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. We couldn’t do this work without you!