Do you know this?

30% of children do not have access to safe water.

60% of children live more than a 30 minutes trip from the nearest water source.

Only 4 in every 50 households have a hand washing facility with soap and water.

8% of mothers of under 5 year old children have soap and water readily available for hand washing.

AND my personal favorite;

3 out of 10 households don’t have a latrine.

As 30 people out of 100 have nowhere to deposit their waste products, as 300 people out of 1000, 3000 of 10,000, 30,000 of 100,000. Do you see my drift? As in you can meet 100 people in a day or week and 30 of them have nowhere to Pu or urinate. Think about it.

As you are at it, also wonder about the private sector that has billions of billions of money and what they are doing to invest in our children.

According to Agenda 2030 for Sustainable development, by that year (2030) the universe should have achieved equal access to safe and affordable water for all. By the way Uganda is set up with its developmental ideologues, wells are being closed up and covered with soil for building projects. Where will the local person access this water?   A jerrycan in my area that is Ntinda Kigoowa costs 200Ugshs and at the wells its free.

The kind of water children fetch for their homes. Source: Google.
The kind of water children fetch for their homes. Source: Google.

Without the involvement of the private sector in to this agenda we are aiming to achieve air. These are the guys with the building projects covering up all available nature water sources which the local every day person uses daily. And the same guys with the money.

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These people are left with poor quality water polluted with dumping and released in hazardous chemicals from the powerful industries built new these water sources that cause many diseases to them. This should be looked in before private owned structures are put new water bodies. A well in my area was filled up with soil and a structure by it. This is not development but rather creation of poor sanitation and hygiene in an area where people can only afford free water for their daily livelihoods.

Private sector needs to understand that these people who are affected by their (private sector) choices are their customers thus a need to look after them; have a way of improving their sales. A sick person will not spend on fancy products but rather health bills. A dead community means less or no sales in that area.

So I call upon everyone who is in the private sector to remember children and all the elements that affect them while planning for your own business growth and development.


Patricia Kahill

Patricia Kahill is a multipotentialite Christian entrepreneur founder of the 8 years old Digital Marketing agency, Kahill Insights Company Limited that helps business owners create engaging and interactive content items for digital platforms with a focus on return on investment. Patricia is currently the producer of SlamDunk Basketball Talk a show on House of Talent online TV, a fellow at Harvest Institute for leadership, and alumni of the YELP class of 2017. She is driven by passion and curiosity with an ambition of stamping her footprint on the world.

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