There are two large problems we will solve through this project in rural Mubende, Uganda: (1) child trafficking and (2) safe water access.
1) Child trafficking in Uganda is a significant problem. The cultural desperation caused by COVID-19 has exacerbated this issue. Traffickers exploit girls in prostitution. Recruiters target young women aged 13-24 years for domestic sex trafficking. An international organization estimates there are between 7,000 to 12,000 young women involved in prostitution in Uganda. The majority of these young women are exploited in forced begging (extreme poverty with no income-generating activities).
2) Rural Ugandans are disproportionately vulnerable to water borne-disease through unsafe water, limited sanitation capabilities, and poor hand washing behaviors. Per the UN/WHO, 59% of rural Ugandans do not have even basic access to water. 84% do not have basic sanitation. While 83% do not have basic handwashing access with soap.
As traffickers began to be more aggressive during the COVID shutdown, the villagers stood up. As girls are rescued from sex trafficking (or identified as high risk) we have the opportunity to give them a fresh start. Since the need for income is the core driver leading to girl’s being exploited, We’ve created a training academy to teach them income-generating skills which can permanently remove them from the risk of being trafficked. Safe water access is still a significant health issue in the villages, so the women will be taught how to run a safe water business to serve their community. We call it the WASH Academy for Vulnerable Girls. WASH stands for Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (hand washing).
In short, we will empower these girls to solve the water crisis in their village while earning an income.
Students at the WASH Academy for Vulnerable Girls will spend 6 month learning how to create a sustainable Untapped water enterprise. The rainwater harvesting systems and chlorine bottling products they will create and sell will provide safe drinking water for an entire household. For the household that means: no more contaminated water, no more missed school days to fetch water, and importantly no more unsafe walks to water further exposing young girls to trafficking.
More water. Less trafficking.
Here’s the curriculum:
1- Rainwater jar construction
2- Pure Shores chlorine water making, bottling, and educating
3- Safe water and sanitation practices
4- Prevention of COVID-19 with the water jar provided water
5- Communication and marketing skills
6- Savings and money management
7- Customer care and sales promotion
8- Market research
9- Record keeping
10- Sexual reproductive health and rights protection and promotion
11- Role of girls and women in ensuring prevention of child trafficking and access to justice
- 50 vulnerable girls are removed from the cycle of trafficking
- 50 young girls are given the skills to positively contribute to their communities through providing safe drinking water
- Hundreds of home will get a sustainable source of daily safe water
- Thousands of bottles of Pure Shores chlorine will be distributed to prevent water borne diseases
- Thousands of villagers will benefit from the WASH education and COVID prevention education
- We will lay the groundwork for new beginnings and a culture without trafficking
How can you help?
We need 50 people to fundraiser $200. Your fundraiser will sponsor the tuition and start-up costs for the one girl to attend the WASH Academy for Vulnerable Girls.
As a thank you, we will send each individual who fundraises at least $200 a designer “I STOP TRAFFICK” campaign t-shirt.