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,