Funded – May 14, 2019
Our partner has been working in Butema Village since 2012, where they have established a Christian pre-school and church. The pre-school has 63 children and most are poor, orphaned, and living with HIV. Approximately 100 to 150 people come to the church. There are other weekly ministry programs, and programs during school holidays, and also outreach programs for the youth and children. The community has a high number of women and children as well as a significant elderly population. Life is very difficult, with a very impoverished economy, so that many are always looking for some kind of work. Subsistence farming is the very commonplace.
The main local water source is located about 3/4 mile away. It is a swampy area where there are hand-dug wells. The water is open and unprotected, is highly contaminated and shared with animals. The water becomes especially muddy when it rains due to run-off, yet it dries up in the dry season. A pipe that carries running water once a week is located about 3/4 mile in the opposite direction, but it is very unreliable. This running water is very poor, the pressure is very low, and most of the time there is no water coming from it. There is a bore-hole even further away, but it is in a state of disrepair.
Common illnesses in this area due to unclean water are diarrhea, dysentery and malaria. Most families have experienced the death of a loved one, often children, lost as a result of unclean water.