"Currently, 2.2 billion people have limited access to safe drinking water." (Source: World Health Organization).
MCC is working to address this disparity in the Kasese district of Uganda. Each year, MCC works with 3 schools, constructing school rainwater catchment systems, handwashing stations, and latrines. Moreover, school health clubs are formed in each school. At these clubs, students are trained to become health ambassadors in their homes, communities, and school. (MCC provides training for facilitators and materials for the clubs).
The project has proven remarkably effective at increasing enrollment in partner schools and at reducing absenteeism, sickness, and drop-outs. Prior to COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, the current project had achieved a 15% reduction in diarrheal disease requiring medical care among students, a 19% drop in all-cause student absenteeism, and a 43% rise in student enrollment among participating schools. Access to safe water matters.
MCC - Relief, development, and peace in the name of Christ
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