The Village Gutter Project
Organized by: Lauren Tracy
In May 2014, a family welcomed me into their home and showed me their village in rural Uganda. Over the course of four days I learned about the strong families and strong morals that hold their community together. I also learned about some of the difficulties that the community must face. Access to water is one of the most difficult issues for this community. Villagers often walk long distances to collect water for their families. A village leader and my host, Able, collects rain water using gutters around his house leading into a storage tank. The water in this tank is used to care for his family, orphans that live with his family, and guests like me. Able would like to also share this water with more of the community but currently there is not enough. Able plans to add gutters to another house next to the tank to increase the amount of rain water that is collected. He currently needs help collecting the funds for the supplies.
Here are a few words from Able:
"Thanks very much for the heart of giving, especially for this noble cause. Water is becoming a problem since there is a great change in climate due to global warming. The rain water tank we have constructed for the community to help with the problem does not have enough gutters attached to collect much needed rain water. The demand for the water among the people in the community is big enough to consume what is collected by the few current gutters. This proposed project intends to add a gutter system to a second house in order to double the amount of water collected in the tank. This will provide the water needed daily by the community for every day tasks, and will help to prevent community members from fetching water from small streams during the dry seasons. Right now we are in the midst of a heavy rainy season and very soon will moving into a longer dry season when we will be facing the problem of finding enough water. Thank you for standing with us. Together, we shall make it."