Fresh, clean water still remains the biggest issue in Uganda. Despite the fact that Uganda is on the Equator and has substantial rainfall, every family, almost without exception, has to collect water from a pump, river or well. In the small, rural communities families often walk 2 or 3 miles to collect water in 20 litre jerry cans. The children take old plastic bottles or smaller cans and they collect water each evening after school.
We decided that our very first commitment was to provide 10,000 water tanks to school communities, years before we applied for charitable status. Each tank costs around £1400 to install and this includes tank, pipes, guttering, base and brick surround. Since 2007 we have paid for and installed 14 tanks in the Mityana diocese. The town itself now receives mains water. But this is very expensive.
It is our hope to provide bore hole + water pump (see below) for those very dry places/schools in the district