Harvest family fast day is on Friday 5th October and we invite you to give up a meal or have a simple meal and give the money that you save to help our brothers and sisters overseas who do not have enough to eat or clean water to drink.
For twenty-eight years, Longora has lived in the same rural community close to Moroto Town in Uganda. Every morning, she fetches water from the borehole to make porridge for herself and her family. Longora cuts charcoal to sell to make her living, and lives in a round, straw hut with seven others, including her husband and their children.
Before the borehole was built in her village, Longora would collect water from the river. While the river was near, it was unclean and carried diseases. Many people in Longora’s home suffered with frequent sickness because of drinking the contaminated river water. For a while after the borehole was installed, the village were able to access to clean water easily. But when the borehole became faulty, this stopped. Longora was pregnant and had no choice but to drink and cook with water from the river once again. Unsurprisingly she fell ill with eyesight problems and dietary issues.
It took a long time for Longora to recover and sometimes her joints still ache, but with the help of CAFOD partner Caritas Moroto she is now able to access clean water throughout the year. Caritas Moroto fixed the borehole and offered training to ensure that if it ever breaks again, the local community are now equipped with the skills needed to repair it. The help provided by Caritas Moroto’s project, funded by CAFOD supporters in England and Wales, is making a huge difference to the lives of Longora and her family: “We are healthier and feel better. We can bathe, and because we have pit latrines, we no longer defecate in the river. The knowledge we have of making pit latrines was given to us by Caritas Moroto. We have embraced it and put it into practice.”
This Harvest, you can help by praying for Longora and our sisters and brothers across the world. By donating to CAFOD’s Harvest appeal, you can empower communities overseas to live with dignity and equip families with the skills they need to support each other.