Mpongo 2, Mpigi District, Uganda
“Growing up, our parents who were also told by their parents and their ancestors always told us that the spring well in our community only likes women and that only women can fetch water from it. If a man went to fetch water from there calamity would befall this community and that a man would die. I do not know if it’s a myth or a true story but all I know is that only women fetch water in this community. I always felt bad that I had to go to the well everyday as my strong brothers stayed at home playing football while I suffered carrying heavy water home enough for everyone in the family. I am sure even other women in this community feel the same way as I do. I am very happy for this new water source that has no restrictions on who will fetch and not fetch. Both men and women will be able to fetch water from it…as women we shall share the joy of having men fetch water too in this community. This is truly a life changing water source for all future of all the women and girls in our community.”
This project was undertaken as part of our campaign of projects that actively reduce carbon emissions. This project helped the community save their much needed wood which was previously being burnt daily to boil water. This project has also eliminated the many thousands of hours previously spent on walking to collect water.