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.
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?
Brighter future for siblings after Erisa aged 7 dies in Uganda becuase of clean water
By Sue Morgan | Mission 4 Water Director
Lives are saved with clean water
7 year old Erisa sadly died in May because of bilharzia, a deadly disease contracted from a parasitic flatworm found in the lake. He was a vibrant little boy on fire for Christ. He used to walk through the fishing landing stage where he lived, fearlessly talking about Jesus, hence he was nicknamed “Pastor”. For several months he was passing bloody urine coupled with high fevers but like most inhabitants, his parents didn’t really know much about the deadly disease and so resorting to a few pain killers and local herbs.
Shortly after the death of her son, Immaculate started experiencing genital lesions and bleeding. In addition she is lame in one leg and finds it extremely difficult and painful to carry a jerry can of water from the lake to her home. She withdrew her oldest son from school so he could stay home and help her with the heavy work especially fetching water.
Mission4Water drilled two wells at the landing site, one of which is conveniently located next to Immaculate’s home. “This well has been drilled especially for me! God has answered my prayers,” she exclaimed as the Mission4Water team handed over the wells to the residents.
Since then, her oldest son Mutebi Godwin has gone back to school. God has been so gracious that Godwin got a bursary in a nearby school and for the first time since his sibling died he is free to continue his education.
It is seemingly simple acts of generosity like this one that completely transform individual lives and change entire communities. We give God the glory.
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