The sleepy village of Ssanga lies in the heart of the Mabira rainforest, 31 km away from the nearest town and 7 km away from its nearest water source. With the traditional livelihoods of logging and hunting outlawed by the government, conditions had become extremely difficult for the village as population stress, high levels of unemployment, contaminated water and rising rates of alcohol and substance abuse affected the community.
Despite the dire conditions, the community remained hopeful that the education of its children would offer a better future. School was held for the children by community members under a tree using a 3×4 ft chalkboard. Even though only 1/3 of the village’s children attended the improvised school, this seemingly small initiative was indicative of the spirit of the village and its faith in the possibility of a better future.
Project start date: June 2010
Water & Sanitation