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Regular hand washing is just one of many ways the AAH Uganda WASH program improves home sanitation and hygiene

Protecting the family through good hygiene and sanitation

When we first arrived we were constantly beaten by rain. It was too cold at night and too hot on sunny days in our tarpaulin houses. We didn’t have a kitchen so we had to cook our food in the open where the sun and the rain used to punish us.”

In August 2013, Mbanani Saulo (34), his wife and children arrived in Kyangwali refugee settlement after fleeing violence between the government and M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another 12,400 Congolese refugees would join them before the end of the year.

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Jonas Bhalikigamba (centre, right) and AAH Uganda water engineer, Oscar Rwothomio (centre, left) inspect the borehole in Kentomi village as community members look on.

Clean water gives life to the village

“This borehole is part of our everyday life. Without it I think we would have died of diseases from dirty water.”

Jonas Bhalikigamba is a 30 year old Congolese national living in Kentomi village, Kyangwali refugee settlement, Western Uganda. He and his family came to Kyangwali on 16 August 2013 from Bubukwanga transit camp with other Congolese nationals following the outbreak of war in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

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Yusuf Barume

Yusuf Barume has his sight restored 

Yusuf Barume, a 40 year old Congolese refugee, lives in Kagoma village block 3A in Kyangwali refugee settlement, Western Uganda with eight members of his family.

“I left Congo in 2009 to flee the war. When I came here I was unable to read. Each time I would try to read I would get tears flowing in my eyes. I had a lot of itching. I could feel objects moving in my eye. For my work as a religious leader I have to regularly update myself in the Koran. Life became difficult.”

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No more diarrhea in Kayole No more diarrhea in Kayole

Trizah 47, a resident of Kayole Rasta and a member of a participating household has lived in this area for the last 17 years and knows only too well what it means not to have adequate clean water. She is hardly able to get the 100 litres of water that her family of 9 requires to use on a daily basis. The little water that is available is heavily contaminated and is not suitable for drinking leaving the family, especially the children vulnerable to disease.

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World Refugee Day in Uganda

Refugee youth are leaders of tomorrow

A wet start to the day couldn't dampen spirits at Kyangwali refugee settlement for Uganda's official World Refugee Day celebrations on Friday 20 June.

More than two-thousand people, among them special guests representing the President, Prime Minister, King of Bunyoro, United Nations bodies, implementing partners and stakeholders from around the country, gathered together to salute the courage, strength and resilience of refugees who are forced to flee their homes from violence. 

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Inspiring story ahead of the World Refugee day.