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Reliable Water Access Improves Women's Empowerment

http://www.dosomething.org/project/haelth-and-sensitization-water-and-sanitation-project

In many Families, more so in remote areas of mukono, Children and women travel miles each day to collect water for their families. It's dangerous and debilitating. children are kept out of school so that they can perform this and other associated household tasks.
Given the present human resource constraints that the sector is facing both at the central and district local government levels, it is recommended that the sector identifies and focuses attention and support to some critical areas that affect the service delivery efficiency. For example Though mukono is surrounded by the lake and that is lake Victoria, some other parts which are not near the lake people in that area fetch water from the trench and water in these trenches is not safe reason being that this water is being used by both people and animals which leads to an out brake of diseases in this area.

The Existing Water Situation/Facilities and Related Problems
The main problem or challenges that we face in Mukono District are:

•Distances to the well from the households in hilly areas.
•Time wasted by the women and children fetching water.
•Water-borne and related diseases.
•Risks like rape, and child sacrifice.
•Risks on the way to the well; e.g. accidents, snake bites, etc.

Causes of these problems:

•Poverty in the area: the community cannot afford enough money to built up a better water system to extend water near their houses.
•The available water sources are unprotected, and therefore, probably polluted springs (pond).
•Diseases due to the available contaminated water.
•The distance between the water sources causes time wastage and the households.

Given the present human resource constraints that the sector is facing both at the central and district local government levels, it is recommended that the sector identifies and focuses attention and support to some critical areas that affect the service delivery efficiency.

It’s upon this background that EACO decided to move in to raise support and create awareness about this situation.

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Support our water and sanitation project in rural Mukono.

Women in Uganda face a wide range of challenges including discrimination, low social status, lack of economic self sufficiency, and greater risk of HIV/AIDS infection.
More than 27 million out of a population of 32 million people live in the rural countryside of Uganda, the majority of whom have not been shielded from the harsh realities of poverty.

Lack of access to water and sanitation is already exposing rural women in conflict areas to more dangers like battering, rape and poverty. But with the looming impacts expected due to climate change, these dangers are feared to double.

Due to social gender roles, women are made responsible to meet water and sanitation needs of the family. In North Eastern Uganda, like Karamoja and Teso, a woman walks an average of ten kilometers in the dry season for water, spending 15-17 hours a week looking for water. This means that the same woman will spend two months of her time a year just walking long distances in search for water.

Girls too are being affected with the lack of water and sanitation---affecting their schooling the most and have to share toilet facilities with boys. Many of them have ended up dropping out of school. Discrimination against women due to gender violates women's rights, undermines their health and well-being and cripples development of individual women's status.

In Uganda, as in many African countries, gender discrimination means that women must submit to an overall lower social status than men. For many women, this reduces their power to act independently, become educated, avoid poverty, and/or escape reliance upon abusive men. Many girls and young women become coerced into sex or can be obliged to trade sex for economic survival.

It is common for girls to become sexually active at a much younger age than men, causing the rise of HIV/AIDS to become even more pronounced. Older men are breaking long-established social customs and choosing younger and younger girls to become their sexual partner in order to avoid catching HIV. In doing so, these men are in fact infecting them with HIV.

In some districts, HIV prevalence among 13–19 year old girls is at least 10 times higher than in males of the same age.

Hello, My name is Kyobe Shadrak, . I am writing on behalf of Empower and Care Organization (“EACO”). I would like to recommend this organization for the great work they are doing in this community of Mukono where they have helped in sensitising the community about the rights of children and women as well as improving the health of this community by bring safe water to the community, you can also volunteer with EACO or help on fundraisng, you can find more information hear on how to help or volunteer.
http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/...

www.eacouganda.webs.com

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Summer Volunteering

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with our organisation. Empower And Care Organization (EACO) takes seriously its obligation to provide a safe atmosphere for all persons involved in this organization. To join our programs through participatory process please you can request for the forms via empuganda@yahoo.com

HOW YOU CAN HELP EACO
EACO is always striving to improve its services and welcomes international volunteers.
They are people just like you! EACO volunteers, like our clients, come from all walks of life. Our volunteers vary in age, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexual orientation, and professional backgrounds. Some volunteers do the work because they want to do something outside of work. Some have experienced the loss of a loved one and the experience changed their lives. Some just like to help people. Our volunteers are students, lawyers, accountants, electricians,marketers, sales people, human resource people, homemakers, teachers, and retired people. Many volunteers state that their life is rich and fulfilled and they want to "give back" to their community.

Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering in EACO is very rewarding. You get to meet many different types of people and form solid relationships based on mutual respect, understanding, and caring. As a EACO volunteer you will:
• Make a difference in people's lives
• Develop a wide network
• Develop a range of skills and experience that can be used in everyday life
• Receive ongoing education and development
• Do your part in bringing about social change

Each week, your gift of time will help nourish and sustain the quality of lifefor someone living with a terminal illness.
EACO has vast opportunities including: - HIV care and counseling. - Delivering support, materials and writing reports on EACO project progress. -Teaching at schools and co-ordinating peer education projects. -Assisting with administration. -Delivering training to staff and volunteers on relevant issues. -Assisting with building projects. -Writing grant proposals. EACO particularly welcomes skilled professionals that can help the organization to improve and develop, but EACO welcomes the enthusiasm and commitment of all willing volunteers. EACO is committed to ensuring all voluntary experiences are as mutually beneficial as possible, and can find accommodation with local families or in guest houses.Regardless of the duration of your time, EACO will welcome you as one of the family, and give you the chance to make life-long friends in the community,REALLY make a difference, and work with a truly inspirational community based organization.

Further information:you can try this link http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/partners-in-africa/partners-in-uganda/... or
http://eacouganda.webs.com/volunteering.htm

You can acquire more information about volunteering with EACO and the description of the areas of operation you would love to work in, on; www.eacouganda.webs.com
Is this summary helpful? Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions via email or on the phone.

Thanks very much and hope to hear from you soon!

Best Regards,

Shadrak Kyobe Director Address: P.O Box 2784, Kampala Mukono/Maracha Uganda
Kampala, 256 Uganda

Empower And Care Organization (EACO) Uganda

Mukono District Kayunga Road Ggulu A Kitete Village

Tel: +256 774 310 393, +256 775 189 239

Email. empuganda@yahoo.com

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