Children playing football in the rain.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and South Korea have signed a 10 million U.S. dollar program to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services to 56,000 students in the remote north eastern Uganda also known as Karamoja.

A joint statement by UNICEF and Korea International Cooperation Agency issued on Thursday said the five year project will benefit over 100 schools in the semi-arid region.

“This grant will help the more than 50,000 children attending these schools to stay in school as well as improve their learning outcomes. It will also help to improve the school health environment, thereby reducing the likelihood of a spread of contagious diseases,” said Doreen Mulenga, UNICEF’s Representative in Uganda.

The statement said by the end of the project, all selected schools will have a comprehensive water, sanitation and hygiene services package, including school latrines, a solar powered water system and hand washing facilities. Enditem



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