Lubigi Wetland, the biggest papyrus swamp in the Kampala area, is surrounded by slums. A Rocha Uganda is studying and protecting the wetland, important for many waterbirds and birds of prey, through their work with the local communities. Providing clean drinking water and finding new ways to dispose of sewage and rubbish is transforming lives, bringing health, dignity and hope to the people, whilst also reducing the pollution of the swamp.
Across Uganda, approximately 25% of the population still lacks access to clean, safe drinking-water. A Rocha helps local people to build their own bio-sand filters: a cheap and simple solution. By filtering water through layers of sand and sediment, drinking water no longer needs to be boiled, reducing the number of trees that need to be cut down for charcoal production. Combined with environmental and health education, the activities are also improving life for local families.