Life in the rural communities of Mubende, Kiboga, and Mitiyana Districts in Uganda is characterized by poverty. For many people in these areas, drinking a glass of water can be a dangerous thing. Water for rural communities is taken from open ponds that are shared with livestock and contaminated with both human and animal waste.
The majority of people don’t have access to pit latrines and open defecation is common. Personal sanitation and hygiene is not well understood or practiced. Children in particular are susceptible to getting sick from the water. Instead of spending their income on improving their farms, starting small businesses or paying school fees, many families must use what little they have to pay for medicine and transportation to regional hospitals.