Map of Uganda

Map of Uganda
The Uganda Kampala Mission includes Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi and Southern Sudan. Our assignment covers all the areas except Ethiopia.

Saturday, February 28, 2009


One of the problems with boreholes and springs in Uganda is they usually require people (mostly children) to walk long distances and wait for hours for their turn to get water. They do this every day and often miss some school time in the process.

As an alternative, we are starting a project in the Keyetume-Lufunve villages near Mukono. We met Sarah, a young Peace Corps volunteer there, who has a degree in water engineering. She has been assigned to the villages for two years and will be here until October. She has designed a plan for a gravity feed water system to supply the villages. The Church will fund the project in partnership with Keyetume Community Based Health Care. We hope that this project can serve as a model for other villages we will look at in coming months.

A protective structure has been built around the spring that will provide the water for the system. It serves as a run-off for the collection box so that the stream flow is never completely interrupted. From this point it continues to run down hill as a natural spring with the same flow as before.

A 40 cubic meter collection box has been built with a structure to house the submersible pump. The stream fills this whole system before flowing on to the protective structure.

The water will then be pumped 600 meters to the top of this hill overlooking the villages.

From there it will be gravity fed to taps in the villages, the medical clinic and three schools. This will supply easily accessible, potable water to approximately 2500 people in the area.

The project will save the villagers from having to hike up this steep trail from the spring carrying 42 lb. water cans. They will be able to draw water from taps near their homes freeing time for the children to do better in their studies.

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"Everything must have a beginning"

"Everything must have a beginning"
Children at an orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda. There are so many children here it is incredible; there are orphans everywhere. The people take them in and it is not unusual to see families struggling with 8-10 children. We talked to a woman yesterday who has taken in twelve children. She said, "sometimes I feel sad that I cannot do more, but everything must have a beginning". We have decided to use that as our personal reminder to guide our actions here as we try to help.