I found an article published last April in one of the newspapers here that gave some grim statistics about sanitation in Uganda.
Uganda needs 650,000 more latrines to ensure that every Ugandan has access to a latrine.
Currently, at least 3.2 million Ugandans have no latrines at all and their place of convenience is the open space, according to the latest Work Bank report.
The report indicates that another 13.8 million Ugandans use unsanitary or share latrines. This poor sanitation is costing the country at least 389bn Ugandan shillings ($150 million) annually.
These statistics took on a human face this past weekend. Thanks to a generous donation we received, we have been able to begin work to reduce that staggering number to 649,999.
We started a latrine building project with the David Family group that we are associated with at New Hope. The grandmother (jajja) of one of the children in the David Family (Nabukeera) has not had a latrine and has no means to provide one for herself – it has been a project that has been awaiting funding for some time.
(Nabukeera with her camera-shy Jajja.)
Prior to Friday we paid to have a local man dig the latrine pit – it is a 5 foot by 2 foot hole that is about 28 feet deep, dug by hand and emptied by bucket. It took four days to complete it.
On Friday we prepared the ground and made a foundation of bricks. We are being guided by Brian who is one of the construction foremen at New Hope.
On Saturday we had more of the Family Group with us for the heavy work of forming and pouring an 8x5 slab as the floor of the latrine.