Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Liquid Gold

Water. Sometimes nicknamed "liquid gold" but surely this must be a mistake. Gold is preciouse and expensive and water is merely something we drink and bathe with. We turn on a tap and there it is. But the simpleness of turning a tap on and out pours the water is not a reality for 1.1billion people in the world. For them, water brings dieseases such as diarreah. This is the number one killer for 90% of children under the age of 5 years old. But water is life. It's needed for everything- to grow crops, drink, bathe, build, etc.

Uganda compared to other African countries(%of people who have access to safe drinking water)
South Africa-86%
Zimbabwe- 83%
I sent money last week (from the Bowl-O-Thon) to build a well at Christian Upliftment Primary School in Kampala. It was urgently needed as the school moved locations and at the new location there was no access to clean water. It's rainy season in Uganda (and when it rains it pours) so this is causing some troubles with getting the well built but hopefully i'll be able to report within the next week of how things are going.
Director's letter to me ..

I have attached a few Photographs we have begun with yesterday. The rain is too much this season and we may lower the building process until it ceases. The children are very impressed and happy about the well, they have asked me send lots of hugs to you. Wish you success in all your endeavours and God bless you.


Laila said...

So sad:( We take water for granted, even myself. They must be so happy.

Nikki said...

HEY! I can't seem to find your email (it is somewhere in my very cluttered inbox!) but just wanted to drop you a note... I can't remember if I told youthis yet or not, but Blogs for a Cause (www.madebynikki.blogspot.com) will be spotlighting the school you are raising money for in Uganda next month (december). So, starting December 1st, $5 of every blog I design I will donate to the school. Will get more details from you closer to the end of the month.

Oh and P.S.... I went to meet the Haitian refugee family I was telling you about earlier that I am going to volunteer with. It was SO much fun- they are amazing. Their 9 year old daughter is still living in Haiti withthe grandmother and I want to see if/how it is possible to raise money to bring her here. The 3 year old boy, Jodnel, is just precious.

Nikki said...

No, I am not sure evreything that factors into her not coming to Canada. Once I get to know the family better and hear more about Jenny, I will talk to Gillian, who runs the program, and ask her about it.