Help educate 650 vulnerable children in Uganda

May 11, 2012

Community Action in Uganda

Community Action in Progress

The children of Bwetyaaba Primary School are now enjoying their new 4000-liter water harvesting tank thanks to our partner organization, BUVAD (Butakoola Village Association for Development).  BUVAD and the local community have successfully completed 4000-liter water wells made with discarded plastic bottles as bricks.  This innovative water project addresses the urgent need for fresh, clean water for the children of Bwetyaaba Primary School.  In Kayunga district, nearly 20 people are admitted to the District Hospital per week with a water-related disease such as malaria, typhoid, bilharzia or dysentery. At least four of these people die each month. 


A recent local survey found the water in Butakoola to be a health hazard and a major contributing factor to the spread of these identified diseases.   As such, BUVAD has identified 64 sites within the Kayunga District for water wells and is currently seeking funding for this important project. 


At Global Backpack Project, we see the strong connection between water and education.  With fresh, clean water nearby, children can attend school instead of spending the day fetching water.  They miss fewer days of school due to illness and are better able to reach their full potential.  We applaud the Butakoola community for making sustainable changes for a healthy, hopeful future. 


We are committed to continuing this community effort by striving to ensure the girls and boys at Bwetyaaba Primary School have the school supplies and resources they need to make the very most of their educational opportunities. 


As a generous supporter of GBP’s efforts in Uganda, we invite you to give again as your support makes an immediate, remarkable impact on the children and community of Butakoola.  Your support not only provides backpacks and school supplies to the children, it also drastically improves access to education for the most vulnerable girls and boys. 


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Karla Bean

Portland, OR United States

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