CHW project – Ruhiira, Uganda

Earth Institute – Design in Kind

The ubiquitous yellow can – gimme WATER!

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yellow-pano-img_4974This the the yellow gerry can that is used everywhere in the country to collect water.  Access to water is the key issue at the center of all other.  It needs to be boiled to drink, you need it to be clean, and you have to carry it from very long distances so every drop is precious. On average it’s an hour walk to the cleanest water source in Ruhiira.  Don’t into a gorge where the UNDP has tapped a spring and collects water in a number of large holding tanks open to the community.  The next stage of the project is to pump the water up to the street level, eliminating the arduous climb back up  the side of the gorge while carrying 40 pounds of water. This is usually done very early in the morning – before school.water-ruhiira-spring-img_4028



Written by deberajohnson

March 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm

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  1. […] to rice to flip flops, the car wash that I believe might be an oversized puddle, women carrying yellow gerry cans of water on their heads, and a man lugging large strips of wood on his bicycle, Smiling she says, “yes, everyday […]

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