We are delighted to report that the first five wells, funded by the East Africa Emergency Appeal, have been drilled in the Yumbe District, Northern Uganda. These wells have been drilled in the host communities surrounding Bidibidi refugee camp.
This is the story of Ssebo*, a pupil at Kuru Primary School in Yumbe District. Previously, this school had been depending on a community well which was located approximately two kilometers away. However, our partners on the ground, East African Ministries, conducted a hydrogeological survey and successfully drilled a new well at the school this month (June 2017).
Ssebo* was overwhelmed at the sight of the new well and said: “I am so happy that we now have a borehole in our school. We used to walk long distances and cross dangerous roads to fetch water from a well which was far away. The long queues also meant we missed a lot of time in school. Sometimes, we would leave our jerry cans in the queue, only to return and find them stolen.”
Unable to contain his joy, Ssebo* continued, “Thank you for giving us this borehole at school. We no longer face the problems we used to. May God bless Fields of Life, East African Ministries and all of their supporters for the work they are doing in Yumbe!”
Thank you to everyone who has generously supported the East Africa Emergency Appeal and made the drilling of these wells possible. The gift of clean water is immeasurable and will greatly reduce the risk of disease and death within these communities.
We are continuing to work with our partners in Northern Uganda, as we seek to build hope and change lives within the refugee camps and host communities.
*Names in this story have been changed for data protection reasons.