Uganda is a natural God gifted country with gifts such as us the people and water resources thus the Pearl of Africa. Water is an important element and aspect of life thus life starts with water and people cannot afford living without it.
Throughout the whole world particularly in Uganda, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene have been and still remain a very big challenge in our communities mostly affecting children, girls and women as a result of water borne diseases, limited time for quality education especially for girls due to lack of equitable access to safe quality water and the solution to all this is Water Out Of Safe Holder (WOOSH).
Water Out Of Safe Holder (WOOSH) was born in 2014 during the course of my second year at Makerere University. This came about as a result of a conversation I had with my guardian Rev. Anthony R. Miller a European Patent Attorney and an Aeronautical Engineer with experience in the field of science and engineering. During that time I was much engaged in research working on pesticides in different food matrices that is when I consulted Rev. Miller to give me some practical ideas involving product development in preparation of my final year project thesis in process and chemical engineering since it was my major area course of study and to his response, he told me to think of an effective way to purify water without using chemicals.
During the hard time of thinking, an extensive idea crossed my mind of carrying out the project forward to help out millions of people in that way I reached him out again and told him a better way to purify water without chemicals as a media. Furthermore I explained to him of how am going to use this idea and knowledge to help millions of people who have not acquired the same education have had not for my benefit but this knowledge to benefit the entire world and because of this I found out that so many lack clean safe drinking water. I extensively explained to him more of how I was ready and willing to carry on this project to developing a product that people will use to access safe drinking water and also to start up an organization that will act as an advocate to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and this really impressed him. In that way Water Out Of Safe Holder (WOOSH) was formed meaning through providing clean safe water free from all kinds of contamination, there has to be something safe holding it, people being the main safe holders, and other items like water sources, containers, buckets, jerry cans etc where clean safe water is coming out of thus Water Out Of Safe Holder (WOOSH).
WOOSH is a nonprofit organization fully established on 22nd November 2018 with its main objective of eradicating water borne diseases and this is done through investing in innovative filtration technologies and ensuring the best sanitation and hygienic practices in communities. WOOSH is focused on improving the well being of millions of people throughout Uganda targeting households, schools, hospitals, community markets and refugee camps.
As WOOSH, we are committed to achieving Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) blueprint for better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. This includes improving water quality by reducing pollution, achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for all since access to safe drinking water, basic sanitation and improved hygiene has a major impact on human health, education, economic development, women empowerment and ecosystem quality and through engaging in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs with the support of all stakeholders, there will be a drastic change towards decreased diseases as a result of unsafe water and poor sanitation, better health, poverty reduction and new opportunities for growth as we are also focused on youth development programs to improve the lives of children and adolescents by meeting their basic physical, developmental and social needs.
AS one of solutions to providing safe drinking water, WOOSH has come up with an innovative water filtration technology and product called SAMAMILL WATER FILTER named after Rev. Anthony R. Miller and my Aunt Mrs. Lutaaya Samalie Teera and this project is dedicated to them for their continuous support, encouragement and their desire for people to get access to safe drinking water.
Mbabali John, Founder & CEO
Water Out Of Safe Holder (WOOSH) Ltd