Africa Genesis Foundation

President's Appeal for Uganda

AFRICA GENESIS FOUNDATION

Women’s Well: Water Security

Okwangai Village, Uganda

 

Phase I: Organization – Women & Materials

Message to You from the Women in Uganda: “Thank you so much for your interest about what happens to us. This we must appreciate so much, which show we are brothers and sisters. We share problems. We care for one another, and we are together despite our country of origin.” So true about shared problems. Our Directors have undergone problems, including the stabbing death of an adopted son, death of pet, car fire explosion, and Sr. Pius suffered a stroke with brain surgery. These incidences happened close together. So, we pray for each other so that God cares and keeps all of us safe.

 

Organizing the Women

We are involving the women. Although involving the women in actual digging of the well would be a good idea, it is something women fear. Instead, we will organize the women to assist the men and learn what to do. We will organize a Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary and have nine committee members. The women will have to sell the water, keep the money with the Treasurer, and train other women in well digging skills. The money will be used to help the women organize other groups of women to dig wells and advance economically and for repairing and buying spare parts for the well. 

 

Organizing the Materials

“On the side of materials, getting the bricks and aggregate has been difficult because of a lot rain, day and night, making the clay prepared for bricks not to dry first so that it can be burnt. Second, there is a high demand for the bricks since many houses are filling down due to too much rain and little firewood to burn the bricks. So, you cannot see bricks and aggregate packed waiting for buyers. However, we have made payments for the sellers to make for us the bricks and aggregate we need by 26th June. We have paid the money for a trip of bricks to Okia Samson, 500,000 Ushs. (See exchange rate below.), a trip of aggregate to Oluka Francis 350,000 Ushs, and a trip of sand to Okur John 150,000 Ushs.

 

We went 20 km (12 ½ miles) away from Okwangai; that’s where rain go us on the way and beat us badly nonstop. I was shivering terribly. I was like a wet chicken. We paid 1,000,000 Ushs. for all these. Now we have 1,718,900 left for transporting materials on 25th June and digging of the Well. We would have wished to start digging the Well with the remaining money, but the people digging may complete when all the money has not been realized, then they would hold us ransom [figuratively]. Pics will be taken when delivering the items.” Signed: Director Gilbert Osujo, acknowledging receipt of 2,718,996 Ushs. towards installing the Women’s Well in Okwangai Village. Payment vouchers for the bricks, aggregate, and sand are on file in AGF Office.

 

Phase II: Digging the Well

The digging is very risky and involves digging very many feet deep until reaching the water table. The men will climb down deep until they reach water plus removing the soil as others dig. So, our women will not even want to try. Also, it is very heavy labour digging and using a hoe and pick axe to a level of 80 feet. We shall involve women as helpers in passing materials during construction.

 

Now is the Time to Give

The currency exchange rate favors your donations. With currency rates fluctuating in our favor, we get more Uganda shillings per dollar, more "bang for the buck." The rate as of $1 = 35,96.55 has increased to 3,727.14 Uganda shillings, a significant difference overseas. To think that in 1992 when I was in Uganda, the exchange rate was $1 = 900 Ushs. 


So, I am asking for donations now of $1,000 to pay for Phase II, men's labor of digging the well. Excess donations will be kept for the next phase.  

 

Thank you very much for your hard work in your life to be able to donate to our Women’s Well. 

Okwangai Women's Well
Site for digging new well. 
Women and children travel through the night to get to the well early to draw and carry water for daily needs. Women and young girls risk being raped in night travel.
Typical Ugandan grasshut in villages, grass thatched roof, tree branches for support, mud or dung walls and floor, simple chair outside. The blue and pink items on the roof are the way of drying hand-washed clothes.
Inside grasshut, drape for partitioning a room, say sleeping quarter, pot for cooking, bags of maize, yellow jerricans for carrying water or storing items, "God is Good" on the wall.
Okwangai Women's Well - Uganda
Okwangai Village Women and children travel long distances on narrow paths through tall bush, often without shoes over hard ground to queue for water. 
Okwangai children waiting for the new Women's Well in their village. The new Women's Well will be similar to the above well with pump handle, located many kilometers from their home, too far.