On our trip in March 2011 to Kenya and Uganda, one of our on the ground Uganda RainCatcher’s Dennis tells about some of the AMAZING headway we are making to provide clean drinking water to the people who most need it!
Greetings to all of you guys the RainCatcher wonder team. Thank you for the noble work you are doing. I would like you to share with us the experience of the clean water activities that we undertook at Apule Primary School and Logiri Sub-County Community in Zombo District which was curved out of the famous West District of Arua in Uganda, East Africa.
This school has 400 pupils’ boys and girls. They have one block with an iron sheet roof. They have only one water sauce, an open stream which even under the current rains has very little water. This stream has a point at which children cross from one side to another and another point along the way for drawing water WHICH IS NEVER BOILED NOR PURIFIED IN ANYWAY. THEY DRINK STRAIGHT FROM THE SPRING.
Thank you very much RainCatcher for the Clean Water filters you forwarded to this school and community.
God Bless You
Apule Primary School is a 5 class school (Primary 1 – Primary 5) under the recently introduced Universal Primary Education (UPE) program by the government. Under this program, the government pays the school fees for the children. It also provides grants to be spent on instructional materials, co-curricular activities like sport, and the management and maintenance of utilities like water and electricity. However, much of this mandate remains on paper and little on the ground. This program has got enrollment figures shoot faster than the facilities.
In front of the Head teachers Office stands a raised metallic can and a jerrican containing water (see picture) probably to wash their (children) hands from the “Toilet”. This is another Sanitation Campaign going on in most schools. Asked about clean safe water for drinking, it was something that had not crossed the teachers and head teacher’s mind in the memorable past. It is true and probably the culture. Drinking straight from the stream.
To the children, they have seen this raised metallic can in front of their head teachers office for a few years now but they had never seen such abundant Clean Safe drinking water like the one NOW STANDING INSIDE EACH CLASSROOM on all classroom block. Thanks to RainCatcher. Water drinking or consumption has tripled.
Those who used to eat a small piece of cassava at lunch can now take in too much water and improve on that meal. Increased water consumption has improved alertness in class, reduced fatigue and the general health as per the most recent call made for follow up.
To the children, it may not be the safety of the water from RainCatcher at fore play, it is the first time in life, most of them have ever seen such clean clear crisp collection of water free of charge as seen from the pictures. (fighting for the clear clean water)
Morbidity. According to the H/T, “We are not experiencing a lot of malaria incidentally. Their only problem has always been diarrhea, cough, constipation, skin problems” and a few others. Thanks to God. I labored to inform him that due to the few and distant water sauces maybe the reason as to why malaria prevalence was low.
However, diarrhea, constipation was a result of using little and unsafe water, which am sure is reduced by now. Within the first week, am told, total re-hydration is clearly visible in all the children of Apule Primary School.
Logiri S_County Community.
This community is found in the new Zombo District recently curved out the former mighty West Nile District of Arua. Here there is an interesting source of water. Small hole is dug in the ground after a careful follow up of some signs.
When one draws water from the hole about 10litres, the other one is supposed to wait or comeback after one hour. Reason, for more water to re-collect and water to settle down since it is always muddy due to freshly dug ground as seen from the pictures.
The amazing RainCatcher water filter has enabled people to ‘JUST COLLECT’ vast amounts, filter from home partly with clothes as demonstrated to them and later on using the filters. Result. There is abundant water in homesteads much more than before. clean drinking water, no waiting for hours.
Women who go for business carry with them jerricans to their work places because some of these places are close to rivers or bigger streams from where they can collect water other than waiting for hours in this area. Others go to dig in far places with jerricans and clothes to be washed in those streams found wherever they dig. They even carry the jerricans, basin and clothes in taxis or any other means of road transport.
With RainCatcher, it is now simple. They carry the jerrican, collect all the water they can. Come home, get clean and abundant water. Women of Logiri S_County are so happy with the RainCatcher Clean Water systems.