In 2009 St Peters Mission organised a fund-raising for a deep well to supply ORA orphans in Uganda with clean water. The parish responded magnificently and there was sufficient money collected to pay for all aspects of the well (drilling, lining and a pump)
Jan and Chris Barker presented St Peters with a basket made in appreciation for the well by the villagers in Uganda. Marg Jordan (Missions Coordinator) and Lissie Boulton (Vicar’s Warden) are in the photo receiving the gift from the Barkers.
Following is a powerpoint presentation with thank you words from Ayiko Stephen, the ORA Ugandan project manager.
2014 SAFE WATER PROJECTS
Some of their recent work includes a water and sanitation project protecting a ground water source from contamination, and building a bathing shelter next to the spring so that women and children do not have to carry unnecessary water back to their homes.
Other beneficiaries of Ora’s safe water projects have been seven year old Rachel and her mother, Justine. Justine, widowed less than a year, moved with her six small children into a small hut provided by her brother. “We used to suffer stomach upsets as we drank from the same spot where we fermented cassava. It was hard for us to bathe, especially during the dry season, as we competed for the water with the animals. This is now history.
Cassava is one of the most important staple crops grown in Uganda. Raw cassava roots do not store well, are not palatable, and contain varying amounts of cyanide which is toxic to humans and animals, which is why it must be processed by fermentation, usually in a spring, which results in the spring becoming contaminated and unsuitable for drinking or bathing.