Poor families often have to walk miles to gather water and food. Food, when it can be grown, also has to be taken to market to be sold. This can be a very time- and energy-consuming job. Children are often required to help with these household tasks. Having to work for the family means that many children miss out on school.
The Rt Rev George Katwesigye, the Bishop of Kigezi in Uganda, as challenged government donors to be more ‘faith literate’ and to release the largely untapped potential of the local church in tackling the sanitation crisis in the world’s poorest countries.
If a country cannot educate or medicate its people, it doesn’t have much chance of putting an end to poverty. Whilst it is important for countries to receive aid for the building of these facilities, there is another short-term solution.