Harper Government Helping Improve Water in Uganda
Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced support for a water and sanitation project in 10 northern Ugandan communities. Access to clean, potable water has been a challenge for thousands of Ugandan for decades. This project, to be implemented by Crossroads Christian Communications Inc., will improve access to clean water by providing needed basic sanitation infrastructure and increasing community water management skills and sanitation knowledge.
"Thousands in developing countries do not have access to potable water. I have witnessed women and girls walking many kilometres to fill large containers with clean water for their families," said Minister Oda. "This project will benefit over 500,000 people and improve their health and well-being by reducing their risks of death and disease caused by water-borne diseases."
"Girls and women walk several kilometres twice a day, and wait several hours, for water," said Mr. Wallace. "By reducing that time, this initiative will allow girls the chance to attend school, and women the chance to provide additional income and care for their families."
The Canadian International Development Agency will provide $500,000 to improve access to clean water, upgrade sanitation services for marginalized communities, and improve public awareness of health issues related to water.
This article was originally posted on Sustainable Development Africa Platform