Addressing poverty begins with addressing the vital needs a community needs to thrive. HEED is focused on bringing fullness of life to a remote community and its children.
Soon after introducing the school, HEED began working on crippling water issues.
Open, contaminated ponds is all they had ever known in Kyakitanga.
Our first water initiative was to drill a well in 2011. Due to the heavy clay soils and little subsurface water, it can’t provide enough water for the school.
Water is pumped from our well, but it doesn’t provide enough on its own.
Like many poor areas in Uganda, scarce and contaminated water was all they had in this community. The area has no rivers or springs, little subsurface water for wells, and endures long seasons without rain. The lack of water is often an insurmountable obstacle that traps communities in poverty.
Carrying 5 gallon, 40 pound containers of water, was a daily chore until a pumping and tap system was installed at the school.
In 2013, a water harvesting system was installed on our two largest buildings.
Water is pumped to the water tanks from the well and the harvesting tank.
So far, to supply the primary school, HEED has drilled a deep water well, created rainwater catchment systems installed a water purification and pumping system that supplies water to taps throughout the primary campus. It is enormous progress, but more water interventions are needed for an adequate year-round supply for the high school and the community.
Clean water and sanitation is bringing the blessing of better health!
It's taken many projects, but there is now clean water for the school.
A gravity-fed tap system supplies water to several sites throughout the campus
In the future, we hope to partner with villagers to create water harvesting systems for their individual homes. Creating water security for the area is a challenging, long-term project for HEED.
Rejoicing at RUNNING WATER from taps!
We have focused on improving sanitation in the community by teaching and modeling it at school. This has involved building proper latrines, installing handwashing stations, and ongoing teaching about health & hygiene.
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