On any typical day in the school year, 800 students and teachers arrive at Mitala Maria Primary School for a full day of lessons, play time, and exams without any source of clean drinking water within their reach. Despite there being two rainwater collection systems near the school grounds, students and staff are only permitted to use the lesser of the two systems, which was poorly constructed in the 1990’s and now has substantial leaks. For a period of time, the school also attempted to meet the water needs of its many students by connecting the school to the piped national water system, but quickly found the high cost to be far too heavy of a financial burden. With no other viable option in sight, the school’s young children are forced to cross roadways and walk for nearly a mile through dangerous bush to a protected spring box, where the water is of poor quality. To provide relief for these significant health and safety challenges facing Mitala Maria Primary School’s 800 students and staff, we want to provide a critical investment in their water supply through the installation of a rainwater collection system.
The Katwe community, including a large school in the area, relies on a borehole well that now sits in partial disrepair. A borehole well is a simple hand pump well that typically ranges from 30 to 250 ft deep. Even though this mechanical pumping system is the most common method of water delivery across Africa, the wells include so many moving parts and endure so much natural wear and tear that many fall into disrepair after only a couple of years of regular use. Additionally, many broken boreholes in Uganda use cheap galvanized pipes, which are not only prone to corrosion and rupture (leading to untenable ongoing costs for replacement after replacement), but also have been known to leak heavy metals into the drinking water. By bringing in a crew to repair the broken parts of the Nakawuka Modern Borehole, upgrading its materials to stainless steel, and working with the community's leaders to train them in how to care for it, we will fix the primary water source for 1,000 people and prevent similar problems from occurring in the future.
Ndejje Parents’ Infant School serves 250 students in the Nyimbwa community. Although the school has piped water in its facilities–a rarity among schools in Uganda– the network is highly unreliable and water can be shut off for days at a moment’s notice. When this happens, the students and staff are forced to either collect contaminated water from a shallow well in the area or threaten the ability of a nearby school to meet the water needs of its own students by asking for water from the neighboring facility’s supply. By equipping Ndejje Parents’ Infant School with a rainwater collection system, we will release the school body from its unstable water supply and ensure that the young students and staff members can store up on clean water to help them weather periods when their piped network is shut off.
This school is located in Obolokome Village, Pader District, Laguti Sub-County. The school does not have a source of clean water. Students have to walk more than 3 km multiple times each day to fetch water from an unprotected stream with unsafe water. The school is currently closed, but our implementing partner, Drop in the Bucket, will drill a well that will provide safe water on school grounds for the students when it is time to return.
This school, located in Ogom Telela Village, Pader District, Ogom Sub-County, has no source of safe water. There is a well at a health center where the students currently fetch water, but the lines are long and it is a 2 km walk from the school. The school urgently needs its own water source. The school is currently closed, but our implementing partner, Drop in the Bucket, will drill a well that will provide safe water on school grounds for the students when it is time to return.
This school is located in Ogan Ayila Village, Pader District, Pajule Sub-County. The school does not have a source of clean water and the students are constantly searching for any that they can find. There is a market 2.5 km from the school where they are able to buy clean water, but it is a long walk and it is too expensive for the school and students to afford. The school is currently closed, but our implementing partner, Drop in the Bucket, will drill a well that will provide safe water on school grounds for the students when it is time to return.
Staffed by 5 volunteer teachers, Paltino Primary School has no source of water. The children must bring their own water from home or collect whatever water they can find on their way to school each morning. Many of the students have to leave home much earlier in the morning than they should in order to wait their turn in line at a community well. Other students gather water from any convenient, but dirty, source that they walk past on their way to school each day.Country: UgandaDistrict: PaderSub-County: PurangaParish: ApworVillage: PomunaBoys: 70Girls: 55
Endurance athlete Katie Spotz is back at it again, pushing the human body to its limits to defeat one of the world's oldest problems: the water crisis. Over the span of just 11 days, Katie will run across Ohio to raise enough money to provide clean, safe drinking water to more than 5,000 people in 11 communities in Uganda, East Africa that need it most. A broken borehole well sits at the center of each of these communities, while health clinics, schools, and community centers in the surrounding areas go without on-site water access. Each day of Katie's 11 day run will mark 1 Ugandan community being freed from waterborne illness and poverty through two clean water projects: the rehabilitation of its borehole well and the installation of a rainwater collection system at one of the community's most-used buildings. By supporting Katie's herculean effort to equip 11 communities with convenient, abundant, and safe clean water access, you will unlock improved health, education, safety, and wellbeing for thousands of people across Uganda.
With more than 600 school children and 200 community members relying on the surface water of a single runoff pit, the students and staff of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Primary School are in desperate need of a safe and reliable source of clean drinking water.