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Mpanga 5, Mpigi District, Uganda

“The very first daily activity in my family is collecting water. I have five children with the youngest at 4 years. Before they all go to school, they had to wake up as early as 4 am using flashlights to see our way to look for water which we collected from an unprotected spring. At the spring there was always a line to wait on, which makes my children late for school. This also reduced my time to work on my small farm. We used to only do laundry on Saturdays since my wife and children have to wait at the spring and wait for the clothes to dry as wet clothes are too heavy to take home. We have been going through a lot of hardship due to water issues. Me and my children are always collecting water for home use as well as the farm. Even after collecting water my children still have to help at the farm as well as to go to school in that my children have not really had time to play or simply be children. Since I am old already I do not want my children to go through what I went through. I am grateful for this new well, my
children won’t be late for school. I will have more time at my farm and now we have clean water in my community.”

Musisi Joel,
52 years