Grace Academy students reach out to Africa

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Grade 2 children at Grace Christian Academy learned the lesson of compassion and world service recently with a project they undertook to aid African children.

“After researching using our school’s new Smart board,” said Lauren Sommerville , Grade 2 teacher, “we found a charity called ‘The Water Project’ ( This charity provides schools and other organizations with fundraiser packs to raise money to help provide safe, clean water to African children.” The students drank only water for two weeks, giving up all sodas and other beverages, in order to donate the proceeds of the money they saved to help build a water well in Africa.

The students were compelled to reach out to other children after studying Africa in class, particularly those countries where many of the children do not have clean water to drink, such as Chad, Kenya and Nigeria. The Grade 2 class raised a grand total of US$156.74.

“It is such a great achievement,” said Ms Sommerville, “for our class to have raised money for The Water Project.”

WATSAN Training begins at Masingo

Hygiene and sanitation training was recently completed at the Masingo Slum Water Project.  This training is part of the process of mobilizing the community as they prepare for their new well project.

Our team instructs community members using established and proven techniques, sensitive to cultural and educational differences between various sites.

In addition to this training, our local partner established a WATSAN committee made up of men and women who will oversee and help maintain the water project in the long term.  This is phase one of our three phase water project process.  Next, the project will move into the construction phase, and finally on-going monitoring and evaluation.

Drilling complete in Nabongo

Drilling began this week at the Nabongo School. Our team sent along these pictures.

They found water at 16 meters and drilled to 21 meters.

The borehole is now drilled and cased, cement works complete and it is curing at present. The Afridev handpump has been purchased and is awaiting installation.