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Kasaana People Living With HIV

Kasaana People Living With HIV

 Kids were taken out of school to walk up to 5.5 kilometers each day, twice a day, to fetch dirty water for their sick parents.

Research has shown that, with consistent access to clean water, the life expectancy of a person living with HIV can be extended from 5-8 years. With clean water and anti-retroviral drugs, life can be extended indefinitely. But taking anti-retroviral drugs without clean water can reduce their effectiveness by up to 80%, as the body cannot resist opportunistic infections.

Last year, Friendly Water for the World's Uganda Country Representative Richard Kyambadde (who is openly HIV positive, and wants you to know it), trained the group Kasaana People Living with HIV to build 59 BioSand Filters, as well as to undertake spring protection activities. Health improved almost immediately, and massively.

But, especially in the dry season, the people still had to walk up to 5.5 kilometers to fetch water. As part of a large grant from One Day's Wages based in Seattle, Washington, Rotary Clubs based in Luxembourg, and Rotary International Foundation, the people of Kasaana have been trained to build rainwater catchment systems using ferrocement tanks that they fabricate themselves. Ten have been built thus far. Now these folks - most of whom were "fixing to die" - have a ready source of employment, building such systems for their neighbors and in neighboring communities. Their skills are going to be incorporated into the new Friendly Water for the World Center for Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene. Thanks to all who made it possible.

The "muzungu" (white person) in some of the photos is John Bailey, a retired engineer, living in Hubbardsville, New York. John came to our Friendly Water for the World training in Anacortes, Washington last July, and is now putting his skills to good use! (which isn't to say that he didn't before - LOL!)

Please help us extend this work to other communities of people living with HIV. Friendly Water for the World- www.friendlywater.net

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