Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water

by Mission4Water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Ugandan children shouldn't die from drinking water
Tragically this  pretty young pregnant mother drowned last month, together with her unborn baby, as she tried to fetch water from the water source near to her village in central Uganda. 
During the rainy season the path down to the pond had become too slippery. As she leant over the pond with her jerry can to scoop up the water, she lost her footing and fell head first into the water. There was no way to save her. 
Heartbreaking! Such a tragedy is not uncommon here in Uganda, and yet it could easily be avoided with the provision  of a simple borehole in the village.  
It only takes $3,000 to provide clean and safe water for a whole village. 
Please make your donation today, and help Mission 4 Water save lives! 
Thank you. 
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There is no country in the world which has escaped the terrible effects of the Corona Virus Pandemic. Uganda has under 1,000 reported cases to date, mainly attributed to the prompt and severe early lockdown. But the number of cases are increasing daily and we are far from the peak we fear. 

Mission 4 Water drillers have been in lockdown for three months now, staying home and staying safe within their families as much as possible. And we are grateful that we have been able to continue to pay the staff thanks to generous donations.

We have of course responded to urgent requests for repairs to existing boreholes so that people can continue to enjoy clean and safe water, and continue with the hygiene they have been enjoying. 

We extend a big thank you to all our donors and we pray that you all stay safe during these challenging times.

The Mission 4 Water team.

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Little Angels Orphanage is perched high on the hill top with panoramic views across the amazing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, World Heritage Site and home to the rare silverback gorillas.

And whilst many rich toursits pay $600 a day to treck the gorillas in their awesome habitat; some actually interact with the locals and learn of their struggles, like Happy, the Ugandan lady who has a heart to help the many orphans in her village, Ruhija. She slowly constructed a home for these kids whose parents had either died or had abandoned them for life in the city. Later Happy built a school for the children whose numbers quickly grew. But she says the biggest daily challenge was always water. 

Young children would hike down the steep slope to the valley beneath, a good 30 minute walk, in order to fetch water from a dirtypond, shared with the animals. Happy says that there are snakes in those parts too and she fears for the childrens' safety. They then struggled back up the hill with a jerry can of water on their head. This usually took place before school, when it was still dark. And the worst thing is that even after all that hard work, the water was contaminated and consequently the children would often fall sick. 

Mission 4 Water has been able to erect lots of PVC gutters to the roofs of the classrooms and dormatories which now collect the rain water into two big tanks. When drilling is not the answer, like at the top of a hill where there is no water, then rain water harvesting is the next best thing. 

The school cook is delighted that the clean water is right outside the school kitchen. The children can now enjoy clean and safe water. 

Please kindsly support the work of Mission 4 Water so that more people like Happy and her Little Angels can receive the free gift of clean and safe water.  Thank you and God bless you,

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As many children in the western world excitedly look forward to Christmas, hoping to receive the new Frozen 2 toys or the latest comouter game, or someother luxury gift; many children in Uganda just dream of clean and safe water. They long for the day when they can pump water from a borehole in their village or school so they no longer suffer from water-borne diseases  like cholera or typhoid or upset tummys. They just want to play and attend school and enjoy a simple life. Is it too much to ask? 

Can you help them realise their dream please?  A donation today can result in a healthy and bright  future tomorrow for these precious children. 

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The contaminated water source
The contaminated water source

The small village of Kitandwe is found perched on the top of the hill, with panoramic views, including across the valley towards Lake Wamala, in central Uganda.

The people are mainly pesant farmers, living off the land. Many of the children dont attend school becuase their parents fail to find school fees.

But the greatest challenge facing this community was access to water. It is usually the job of the young children to fetch water. Their nearest source was a dirty pond at the bottom of the steep hill, about 20 minutes walk away.

Many people were falling sick because of the contaminated water since the pond was also th watering hole for many animals. The goat feces could be seen at the pond edges, as a cow urinated as he drank of the water. And even the children fear to go there because they have seen snakes in the water.

But thankfully Mission 4 Water has been able to provide a borehole for this village, to provide clean and safe water to the 300+ households and even neighbouring villages now come to enjoy. This has all been possible thanks to the kind donations of people like you.

"Water is Life" - thats what they say, and it's true. These children and their families can now enjoy the wonderful blessing of clean and safe water.

There are many other villages like Kitandwe which are also praying for such a gift.  Can you help, please?

  

Peasant farmers living in simple houses
Peasant farmers living in simple houses
God's children which got sick from dirty water
God's children which got sick from dirty water
A Mission 4 Water borehole provides clean water
A Mission 4 Water borehole provides clean water
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