Crisis in Uganda

Water Mission Responds to the Refugee Crisis in Uganda

Over the past two years, more than a million South Sudanese refugees have escaped to Uganda, fleeing the violence of civil war and famine in their home country.

But their fight for survival doesn’t end when they arrive. Due to the overwhelming influx of people, Uganda’s infrastructure can’t provide enough access to safe water for refugees and their local host communities. And without an understanding of healthy sanitation and hygiene practices, deadly waterborne illnesses can spread quickly. The United Nations has declared this refugee crisis the largest in Africa, and the need is both urgent and enormous.

Here’s how Water Mission has been responding:

  • We have partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to install 23 best-in-class, solar-powered water treatment systems in five refugee settlements and host communities. Each of these safe water systems can serve 10,000 people a day.
  • To date, we have successfully provided safe water to 250,000 people.
  • We have built more than 500 latrines, hiring Sudanese refugees to oversee the construction process and promote hygiene education.

Yet with more refugees arriving every day, the need remains desperate. You can help us provide long-lasting safe water systems that empower refugees and host communities alike.

To join our response efforts, please give today.

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A young boy walks with water in a Northern Uganda refugee settlement.Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Northern Uganda.Uganda Refugee MapA young boy plays in a Northern Uganda refugee settlement.Water Mission staff member tests water quality at Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Northern Uganda.