Field Note #64: The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement


 

"Live filter demo for the crowd. They wanted to make sure I wouldn't die. Cheers at end are priceless." David Cuthbert, WTW CEO

The Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement Filter Program Update:

Uganda Filter Distribution Dec. 2016

In 1990, the Ugandan government allocated the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement for the Acholi people who were fleeing persecution in Sudan. Wine To Water first arrived to this camp in January 2015 to assess the conditions of the camp. Since then, 40,000 refugees have arrived to this crowded, under-resourced camp, bringing the population to a total of 80,000.

It was found that many of the borehole wells were in disrepair and that water access was extremely limited. The few functioning wells were shallow and in close vicinity to open pit latrines, adding risk to contamination.

In December 2016, Wine To Water and our corporate filter partners helped to deliver 1,000 Sawyer PointONE filtration systems to the individuals living at the camp. These filters will provide 12,663 individuals with safe drinking water. No longer will these families have to worry about giving their children polluted water.

Thanks to Securian, ServiceSource, DHL and Entrepreneurs Organization for making this happen!
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David Schroeder