WASH

Access to water is one of the significant challenges that refugee settlements in Uganda grapple with. Even when water sources are available, they are far and often not convenient for groups such as people living with disabilities, the elderly, and women who shoulder the most significant burden of...
Refugee settlements often last decades and are a home to thousands. Providing suitable and sustainable sanitation solutions is regarded as one of the essential components of promoting public health in these settlements. Within Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in Kyegegwa District, Oxfam has continued to...
Leila Florence is a 28-year-old woman and South Sudanese refugee resettled in Omugo, refugee settlement since 2018. She recounts her ordeal: “When we were brought, life was very difficult. On arrival, there were no latrines for individual households. Shared latrines were constructed by different...
Water is life, but safe water is a better life, as per the sphere standards – the bible that I always referred to while in doubt. This comes to life when I think of Buliti zone, which is served by 6 water points (4 tap stands and 2 boreholes).
In a bid to promote Water, Sanitation and household health under WASH, Oxfam awarded cash benefits to refugees with special needs in the settlements of Imvepi and Omugo. At the close of 2019, refugees with special needs happily received cash from Oxfam. Paul Oloya, the Consortium Coordinator for...
Betty 31 years and single mother of 6 children demonstrates hand-washing at her home latrine Photo: Robert Ariaka/Oxfam
Awate set up and dug a pit latrine and constructed a bathing shelter. She went ahead and constructed a kitchen and drying racks to keep clean her utensils. She also managed to fix a drying wire to dry her clothes, and put up a handwashing facility at the latrine point and sunk a rubbish pit. This...
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Refugees settled in Imvepi settlement have positively embarked on a campaign to fight open defecation. Through their elected leaders who become public health promotion volunteers, the refugees have received training been able to adopt and implement basic hygiene practices like proper hand washing,...
Proper hand washing as demonstrated by students of Illi Primary School, Omugo refugee settlement. Photo: Oxfam
With funding from KfW, Oxfam is working in the refugee settlements of Rhino Camp and Omugo extension in West Nile to provide safe water access and improve sanitation and hygiene practices of South Sudanese refugees and the host communities. This includes the construction of water supply systems, as...
Two months after I settled here, I became an Oxfam field-based volunteer. You see, before I fled into Uganda, I worked in the WASH sector in South Sudan. With my background in WASH implementation, I applied for a job which I successfully acquired. Even more exciting is the way this opportunity has...
“One hundred sixty household latrines completed in Ariwa 1, I am excited!” exclaimed Oliver Taban while addressing a team of people from different organizations that were monitoring the work of Oxfam in Rhino Camp settlement, Arua, Uganda. Oliver Taban, a South Sudan Refugee, is a hygiene promoter...

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