Our project now has a very reliable water source. We're happy to report that our water well was drilled in May and was quite successful with a good water flow reported. This means our project should have plenty of water. More importantly, it assures that there is sufficient nearby water readily available for building the houses.
The well was completed at the end of May. The pump will not be installed until the time its needed when building is about to begin. We are currently still evaluating the alternatives to bringing electricity to the project. Whether solar alone is good, electricity from the electric company, or a combination of both.
We expect that home building will begin in early 2019. If you have friends, family or co-workers who would be excited about helping women move out of the slums, please let them know about our project! Likewise, if you have any connections to solar power companies or NGOs, please tell them about us.
As always, we thank you so much for your support of this very important project!
We continue to make progress on the overall common area improvements to the property for the home ownership project. We believe that our slow and steady progress will soon bear fruit! Since our last report in November, we have continued to explore and fine tune the bids we have received for well drilling. Soon, we will know how much funds other donors have raised to help provide for the well drilling.
We continue to explore options for providing either electricity or solar power to our site, and expect to have that issued resolved before summer. Meanwhile, our surveyor has marked out all the home plots on the property so it will be clear where plots and interior roads are located. We've included a photo which shows me, Christine, Nekolina, the group's current and immediate past chairpersons, and 1 other group member standing on the four mark stones which show one particular housing plot.
The ladies continue to save their down payment monies and look forward to when home building will begin later this year. Chrstine explained, "The ladies are excited because they can settle in a good place compared to where they are now [in the slums]." Nekolina Opwa, past chairperson chimed in, "The houses where the women are now are not good houses that people are supposed to live in. It's only a tiny room separated with a curtain."
We thank you for your support and continued patience as we progress on the common improvements! We look forward to the time when these women and their families have a decent place to live which will give stability to their lives.
Carol and Christine Show Plot Markers for One Home
Our Board treasurer, Wendy, and her husband just returned from two weeks in Uganda. They spent the latter portion of their visit in Jinja and were quite excited to see both the land for our project as well as tour the slums where many of our women artisans live. Wendy commented that "Their houses are terrible. We store our lawnmowers in a better bulding than that." And upon further reflection elaborated that even our cows in the U.S. have better places to live than the homes she visited. While visiting in the slum areas where many of our women live, Wendy noted that a road is being constructed through one section of the slum. This will cause numerous rented homes to be destroyed in the process including two homes where our Jinja women live.
For reasons like this, we know our home building needs to begin as soon as possible. We have put in quite a few hours these past few months continuing to make progress on getting electricity to the property. We have spoken with four different companies regarding the cost to drill a water well on the property. We expect to have electricity to the property before year-end. Our primary fund-raising effort relative to drilling the well has been re-scheduled to occur in March. Because of that we are expecting to drill the well as soon as possible in either late March or April.
During the interim time, we are simultaneously pursuing funding options for the first phase of homes. The Jinja women are continuing to save money for home down payments. If you would like to purchase any ornaments for the upcoming holidays, this also helps provide funding for our home ownership project.
We will continue to keep you updated as to our progress. Thank you so much for your support!
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