The Swim Blue team returned to Uganda in November 2013 for another humanitarian mission
Steve and Linda Kovacs of Swim Blue/Waterscene were part of another humanitarian trip to Uganda, traveling to the village of Kamuli located 20km north of the Tanzanian border.
The team of seven had a vision to build a well for the community of 3,000 people, many of the children orphans. At the time, their only source of water was a dirty slough shared by cows and sheep. A well was desperately needed.
Surveyors attempted to locate a well site on the school property, but were unsuccessful. So the hunt started for a property that had groundwater available. One was located next to the police station and it was purchased by the team. Normally it takes about 2 weeks to complete a well, but by this time the team had only days left.
Miraculously the well was drilled and completed in less than a week, allowing it to be finished before the team returned home.
Response throughout the village was incredible. People were amazed that others would travel such a great distance to come and work selflessly to provide clean water for the community with no desire to receive anything in return.
The team helped in other ways, too. Many children don’t have food or resources at school and some don’t even have clothing. The team sewed clothes, showed locals how to sew certain types of clothing, built desks for the school and worked with teachers in the school.
Water: threatened, precious commodity
Throughout Africa, water supplies are threatened. How these valuable efforts are making a difference. Villages in Africa face a tremendous threat as water supplies are rapidly become contaminated with chemicals such as cyanide and lead due to poor well design. In some cases, entire communities are forced to abandon their homes as the village water supply turns deadly. Clean water is a vital necessity throughout the region.