Water Sources and Tanks – In Uganda, especially in rural areas (of which there are a lot!) many people have to get their water from wherever it gathers, and below are some examples of what these water holes look like. In there are diseases and sickness. I wouldn’t want to drink that water!
Or, if they do have access to a well, it’s a often a few miles away and takes much of the day walking to and forth.
The UWP works with folks in the US to fund rainwater collection systems, which are a gutter-roof system to catch and funnel water into the tank. Then they use a Sawyer PointOne Water filter and they have water cleaned than tap water in the US!
Now kids don’t have to spend the time walking to get the water and can go to school. Plus, they can stay in school because they aren’t getting sick as often. Definitely worth it!
Traveling to Uganda – Via Dubai – Mel and I left the US mid-August and we had a layover in Dubai on our way and got to go up the Buj Kalifa, which at the time was (is?) the tallest building in the world. Yes, there is a Gold ATM at the top of the building. Then we headed over to Uganda.
Kampala – Here are a few of the things that we saw as we drove through Kampala on our way from the airport.
Youth Conference – One of the things our team helped with was the youth conference that Pastor George Nsamba helps put on once a year. There are great Ugandan speakers and a community service work day. It was fun and different than the work days I have participated in back home!
Working with the students at Mengo Secondary School – Mel and I got to hang out with some great students at the school and made some awesome music together as a part of my masters project.
Team 10 – The rest of the team arrived and left before we did and so this is our last day together with them! (Hope I didn’t miss anyone!)
Kitgum – The next thing Mel and I did was drive up to Northern Uganda with the film guys to see Pastor David and my friend Flavia. The roads were dirt half of the time and had lots of car-sized potholes. It is about 275 miles and took 8-9 hours. Yikes! We were very squished in the car but made it there and really enjoyed spending time with the people up there.
The Film Crew – Josh, Ben, and Collins were working on putting together a documentary about the water project. Here is a link to what they did!
The end of our stay in Kitgum changed slightly because Josh got pretty sick. We were so relieved when it was just a viral infection and not something worse!
Visiting the Street Kids Ministry (in the slums) – After we returned back from Kitgum, we spent an afternoon with the boys at Kivulu.
Jinja and Bujagali Falls – We were able to go to Jinja for a day or two and visit shops for souvenirs and see Bujagali falls, which is no longer around due to a dam being built for power purposes.
Following the rules Not following the rules
Faith’s Store in Jinja
There are tons and tons of more photos and if you want to see more, friend me on facebook! I put more in the albums there. 🙂 It was a wonderful, incredible trip where we got to meet some amazing people and hopefully encourage them!