Nakitto Betty, Community Water and Sanitation Hygiene in Uganda
The Kikandwa Subcounty of the Mityana District in Uganda is a seasonally dry rural area with low water-level tables, limited water resources, and no sanitation facilities available to residents.
Currently, there is a water shortage in most parts of the community and when water is available from nearby rivers, it tends to be contaminated, resulting in high rates of bacterial and parasitic infection.
Nakitto Betty is helping locals gain access to a clean water source protected from contamination. She and her co-leader Seruzi Alexander, created the Community Water and Sanitation Hygiene project, and are working collaboratively with the community of Kasejjere to dig a clean-water well in the village.
Residents will learn how to clean and maintain the well and will be in charge of sanitation management and project monitoring. Additionally, local youth will be trained to provide hygiene and sanitation education to nearby communities.
Nakitto states, “Drinking water, water for domestic use, environmental sanitation, and other related hygiene behavior are crucial elements for better human health; access to water and sanitation services is a right of all people.”
2015 YOUTH ENVIRONMENTAL GRANT RECIPIENT