A few weeks ago, in June, our brave team in Uganda battled some extremely wet conditions to travel up North along some incredibly muddy roads and carry out follow-up visits to the villages of Odokonyero and Wii Kira, which were two of the villages we distributed water filters to during our recent trip to Uganda in February.
As you will recall from our last post, these two villages were very much in need of clean water, having no access to a borehole and therefore having to draw their water from stagnant sources. The aim of this follow-up visit was to find out how the people in these villages were getting on with the water filters we provided in February, and address any challenges they were facing.
Our team consisted of Geoffrey and Kisiki, who were with us during our distributions in February, and Beatrice, a nurse and very good friend of ours who is based in Northern Uganda. They spent 2 days and nights visiting the villages, and Geoffrey has compiled the following report from their visit (please click on the link below):
Water Filter Follow-up Report 2019
The report is generally very positive and proves the effectiveness of the water filters in vastly reducing water-borne illness in the communities using them. It was especially good to read the success story of one of the villagers, James, who described how much he and his family have benefited since receiving the filter. As expected the report highlights some challenges ahead which we will be looking into, but this follow-up visit has been highly valuable. Geoffrey and Kisiki did an excellent job in reinforcing the information that had been provided to those receiving filters back in February, especially with regards the most important aspects such as cleaning the filters, and Beatrice provided an invaluable presentation on health and hygiene to the people of both villages.
Geoffrey, Kisiki and Beatrice also sent us some additional photos from their visit to the villages. The photos show the horrendous weather conditions they were facing throughout the trip, as well as detailing some of the excellent work they carried out while they were there:
|Our team meets with the local leaders of Odokonyero and Wii Kira villages (from left: Kisiki, Beatrice, the two village leaders, Geoffrey)|
|Beatrice and Geoffrey inspect a water source|
|Kisiki demonstrates proper use of the filters|
|Beatrice provides an invaluable presentation on health and hygiene|
|Beatrice and Kisiki on the road|
|The people of Odokonyero and Wii Kira with some of their water filters|
Becky and I would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude to Geoffrey, Kisiki and Beatrice for carrying out such a successful follow-up visit on behalf of North Uganda Outreach Project. They travelled a long way in some very adverse conditions, and once there they went above and beyond to help and educate people in the villages. Thank you so much guys, we couldn't do this without you!