The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived and it was a glorious day. We were able to open 2 new solar powered water wells at the schools in Kizomla and Kizapala in Mukaranga.¬†We strategically place the water wells on school campuses because of the impact that schools have on the community. Most villages are centered around schools therefore it is truly a central location for everyone.

Thanks to generous contributors from the United States, more than 9,000 people in 2 villages will have access to clean drinking water. This is the first time these villages have had clean and sustainable water sources. Because of a lack of resources, many people use any container they can to collect water, some which have mold or toxic chemicals in the plastic. Recognizing this as a problem, we were also able to provide each school child with a brand new clean 3.5 liter water can.

Each child has access to the water wells during the school day and they are responsible for taking home 3.5 liters of water everyday for home use. Everyone has access to the water wells after school hours. The ARF team, as well as the District Commissioner, stressed to the villagers the importance of maintaining their new water wells and preserving them so the systems are long-lasting. It was such an honor and privilege to be able to provide clean water to people who have never had a drink of clean water, something that billions of people take for granted.

In the spirit of celebration, we were also able to give them women groups goats and school children chickens. ARF will be providing tools and guidance so they can breed these animals and create sustainable farming. Each woman is also responsible for providing the school with a bucket of manure each month from their goat so the schools can use the manure for farming.

The systems we are creating are allowing the people of Mkuranga to create sustainable and lucrative lives for not only themselves but for their communities. We look forward to coming back to check on the people of Kizapala and Kizomla very soon.