The pupils at Alton School are raising money for the CAFOD World Gift of a community water supply which costs £750 . Year 6 pupils recently held a cake sale and raised £106.03 for the project. The pupils are continuing to fund raise and hope to reach their total by the end of term.
Having a clean and near by water supply is vital for any community. Here is how this gift helped a community in Uganda.
“Now we have enough water for food, to clean ourselves and our clothes, for our animals to drink.” Cecelia, Uganda
Water is scarce in Cecelia’s village. Between droughts and the dry season, the nearest river often dries up completely. As water runs out, tensions rise between the tribes in the area. When she was a child, Cecelia’s sister was killed as desperate people fought over the dwindling resources.
A CAFOD-supported project repaired a vital borehole in Cecelia’s village and provided tools and training to community members so that they can maintain it. Now they have their own source of water, there is no violence. “People follow the line”, she says. “If you come first, you collect your water first. If you arrive last, you collect your water last.”
A reliable source of clean water means Cecelia no longer has to worry about her five children catching diseases when they drink. Cecelia is also the chairperson of the community’s Water User Committee, which maintains the borehole so the whole community can bathe safely, helping increase hygiene and reduce the risk of illness. “I would like to say thank you to the people for the good they have done here”, Cecelia said.
So many thanks to the pupils, staff and parents for their support and we look forward to further updates when you reach the target.