I am thrilled to announce that I will be returning to Africa for the third time to assist the Aquascape Foundation and International Needs with the installation of another rainwater harvesting system! This system, which will be installed at an International Needs school in Buikwe, will provide safe-clean water for the current student body of over 500 children, as well as people from the 12 surrounding villages which are mostly made up of subsistence farmers!
We have received feedback from the previous locations where we have installed these systems in years past and the impact that our work has made is unbelievable! The number of people who are sick from water-borne diseases in these villages is a fraction of what it is in areas without our water systems. It seems so amazing to me what a difference it makes having something so seemingly simple as clean water to drink and wash with. This availability of clean water keeps the children in school instead of spending so much time hauling dirty water from great distances to maintain their families needs. The resulting increase in education is lifting their communities by bringing the children to a higher place than previous generations were able to elevate to!
I have witnessed the return of some of the villagers who have been aided by the International Needs. These lucky few have made it out of the bush to the city to earned a college degree. When these people return home, they provide us with contacts that we can teach about the systems that we install. This means that there are locals to service and maintain the systems after we’re gone. It is truly a vision to see what a difference a simple “ditch digger” like myself can make! The money that has been donated by our clients in the past has made it possible for us to continue with these efforts and we are so proud to be part of such a caring group :)