PARTNERS FOR COMMUNITY TRANSFORMATION - BLOOD:WATER PARTNERSHIP
In partnership with Partners for Community Transformation (PaCT), Blood:Water has committed to supporting sustainable clean water supply and improved sanitation and hygiene practices in the Mityana and Mubende districts of Uganda.
More than 88 percent of people living in the Mityana district do not have access to safe, clean water. In the most affected areas, households rely on water from unprotected, hand-dug wells, unprotected springs, surface water, and rainwater, which drastically increases health risks. In Mityana households, at least six out of 10 household members suffer from malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, or cholera, all of which can be attributed to poor access to safe water and sanitation facilities.
The goals of this partnership are to:
Improve access to safe, clean water in the Mityana and Mubende districts of Uganda
Increase hygiene practices and access to sanitation facilities
Establish partnerships between communities and government stakeholders for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sustainability
Empower PaCT through organizational strengthening
PaCT was established in 1995 with the mission to “support and positively contribute to the lives of vulnerable Ugandans in order to help them attain full recognition in society through the provision of education support, poverty relief initiatives, health systems strengthening, human rights awareness and embracing Christian values.” In the WASH sector, PaCT focuses on public partnerships with communities and government stakeholders to intentionally bring grassroots structures and governments together for more sustainable practice. PaCT has largely been operating in the Mityana and Mubende district in central Uganda with some activities expanding beyond these two districts.
PaCT has been a Blood:Water partner since 2017.
The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures. These differences complicated the establishment of a working political community after independence was achieved in 1962. The dictatorial regime of Idi Amin (1971-79) was responsible for the deaths of some 300,000 opponents; guerrilla war and human rights abuses under Milton Obote (1980-85) claimed at least another 100,000 lives. The rule of Yoweri Museveni since 1986 has brought relative stability and economic growth to Uganda. A constitutional referendum in 2005 cancelled a 19-year ban on multi-party politics. In December 2017, parliament approved the removal of presidential age limits.
Country Population: 39,570,125
National Language: English, Ganda or Luganda
Source: CIA Factbook 2018