Interruption to Water Supply

That’s not what you want to hear just before Christmas, is it? Nothing in the taps, the shower, the washing machine or dishwasher. What a pain. You’ve got enough on your plate already without having to worry about the water going off. How inconvenient!

We’re fortunate in the UK that such interruptions are few and far between, taking place perhaps when a water main bursts. But in Uganda, there simply are no water mains, taps or appliances - except for a privileged few living in the biggest cities. Piped water is a rarity, and more than a third of the population use unsafe sources such as ponds and streams that put them at risk of contracting water-borne diseases including diarrhoea, typhoid and dysentery.

In the village of Kavumba, people walk a round trip of up to 3-miles to collect water from a polluted pond pictured here that’s shared with animals. The poor water quality results in frequent illness, particularly among the most vulnerable such as very young and older people. Children are often too sick to go to school and parents and carers lack the strength needed to work and earn an income. Women and children fear walking to the pond along a secluded path, especially in the dark.

The need to be economical when every drop of water has to be lugged home in containers results in water-scarce diseases such as trachoma and scabies. It’s all a far cry from simply turning on the tap at home.

Safe water is the most urgent priority for the Kavumba community. They’ve had enough of disease and dangerous, time-consuming journeys to the pond. Not long ago, two children aged 5 and 7 were hit and killed by a truck on their way to fetch water.

When I met with members of the Kavumba single parents’ group, I noticed that many of them were looking after orphans as well as their own children or grandchildren. They told me how a borehole in the heart of their community would provide safe water for them all.

These single parents are determined and enterprising and have even started their own community school. Regina rears pigs and Aida poultry. Beatrice markets cooked maize and Jaria (left) grows and sells herbs to care for the six children in her care. They told me that their enterprises all need water to thrive, and when they voted during a meeting to assess community needs, water was the clear leader.

This Christmas, will you help Jaria and families like hers to realise their dream for a safe, uninterrupted supply of water? A borehole in Kavumba will bring improved health and well-being to over 2,000 children and adults and cost approximately £6,000. That’s just £3 per person, the cost of a posh coffee.

What’s more, your kind donation will be doubled by one of our supporters who has offered to ‘match fund’ this appeal.

£30, doubled to £60 can provide a pump handle and bearing
£50, doubled to £100 can buy the cement needed for drainage around the water point
£100, doubled to £200 will pay for a full day of digging by the contractors’ team

Thank you for your support, and our best wishes for a blessed Christmas.