Women in Africa spend 40 billion hours a year walking for water. For the women of Oloo, Uganda, this statistic was their life story.
The women of this rural farming community used to spend an average of four hours a day transporting water. They filled jugs from contaminated water sources and hauled them home. Their children were by their side carrying 40-pound jerrycans of water that weighed as much as them.
Children in Oloo carrying jerrycans
After all that effort, the water was still unsafe. Residents of Oloo complained of symptoms such as diarrhea, stomach pains, and fever, which arise from water-borne ailments such as typhoid and cholera.
Enter Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), a nonprofit dedicated to using engineering to better the lives of people around the world. Antea Group has been a proud partner of EWB-USA since 2013 – which means we work with them to promote clean water, safe passage, and reliable energy for those who need it most around the world.
Through our donations, and in collaboration with the local community, EWB-USA volunteers drilled a borehole well and installed a solar-powered pump. Today, no one spends their days hauling water. Clean, safe water flows from the solar-powered pump. The project is now in the home stretch, with distribution pipeline being laid that will complete Oloo’s water system and make clean water accessible to 3,600 people.
Women in Oloo using the newly installed water pump
Here at Antea Group we believe in the philosophy of Better Business, Better World™, where creating lasting environmental, social, and economic benefits for our shared world matters. If you would like to learn more about our social sustainability program and ways we give back to our communities, please read our 2016 Sustainability Report.