What a year 2014 has been!
The school children come to the opening ceremony.
This has also been an amazing year for Mission 4 Water. They have completed another 16 wells, bringing the total to 61 to date, providing clean and safe water for more than 16,000 people, many of whom are school children. Sue, Sunday and the team have travelled extensively, deep into the villages where conditions have sometimes been very challenging, but the reward of seeing the joy on peoples’ faces as they pump clean water for the first time is so exciting!
Coming up in 2015
College volunteers and the drill team pose after the new well is finished.
Mission 4 Water are partnering with Mission Direct to give volunteers the opportunity to come to Rukungiri in south west Uganda to drill a well for a local community which is currently forced to collect dirty and contaminated water for drinking, cooking and washing. No previous experience is necessary as full training will be given on site by Mission 4 Water Engineer Sunday. Read More >>>
Merry Christmas from the Mission4Water team
Wishing everyone a very special Christmas; one filled with the sure knowledge that no matter where we are in the world, we are all children of the same heavenly Father. May your Christmas be joyful, peaceful, and blessed!
For the 4th year Mission 4 Water have welcomed a team of volunteers from Mid American Christian University in Oklahoma, USA. The team of 6 raised the necessary funds to sponsor a new well for Mikkola Nursery and Primary School and the surrounding community of Rwakabengo, near Rukungiri. Beforehand the people would collect dirty and contaminated water from a pit in the swamp, shared with the animals it would dry up in the mid morning, and so the school kids were then forced to walk 2km each way to a ditch. This was the water that was used to cook lunches and wash the dishes.
Volunteers from US college at work on the new well
After 8 days hard work and a good team effort, the new well was completed. At the handover ceremony, attended by 266 school children and staff and many community members, Engineer Sunday taught them about hygiene issues and trained them how to take care of their new water source.
The school children come to the opening ceremony.
The volunteers then presented gifts of new jerry cans to them all in which to carry their clean water. One elderly lady collected her new jerry can and danced all the way back to her seat , singing for joy as she went. The gift of clean water is just about the best gift anyone could ever receive! Praise God!
Dancing for joy at the gift of clean water.
Yet again we are indebted to those who help us in our work by sponsoring and digging new water wells in Uganda. If you feel inspired to help please visit our volunteering page or find out more details on donation in our how to donate section and we will be happy to explain how you can get involved.
Donations in lieu of flowers at the funeral of Sue’s Mother-in-law who suddenly died in August 2013 were given to Mission 4 Water to produce a well for the rural community at Katale, a suburb of Kampala. Previously the people fetched water from the swamp way down the hill. Thank you to the friends and family of Joyce Morgan for this life-giving gift. Surely a fitting memorial that would greatly please her!
How can you help us dig new water wells?
Mission 4 Water depends on donations and sponsorship in order to bring clean water to the Ugandan people. Often as shown in this picture water sources are shared with livestock and can become contaminated. The sponsorship money we raise is used to dig new water wells so that the Ugandan people can have uncontaminated drinking water. With your continued help it is possible for us to keep our team digging and get clean water flowing to the people.
How sponsored events have helped
Here are some examples of events that our supporters have organised. We have recently heard of someone in Ferndown doing a sponsored swim, a Church in Wollaston organising a concert and a school giving us their tuckshop profits. Thank you to everyone involved! Great efforts by you all and we are truly appreciative.
Why not get in touch?
We really would like to hear from you. It’s easy to do – please leave a reply below. Let us know of any other events you have run and if you have ideas for raising funds for new water wells, because we really do believe that “Water is Life”!
The new Mission Direct vehicle makes a great difference
Executive Director Sunday especially appreciates the new Mission Direct vehicle. “It’s used to transport staff and materials. It ideal for the rough Ugandan roads with their many potholes, dust and slippery mud. It makes our work digging water wells in Uganda quicker, easier and more efficient. And the bold sign writing on the car is really getting us noticed. Thanks to the donors who made it possible”!
Registration means we can continue to drill more water wells in Uganda
The Mission 4 Water application for a further three years non-governmental organization (NGO) registration has been approved. Although the process took some time it went through successfully and we are delighted with having this status. This is a great boost to our efforts to continue our well digging work in Uganda. We would like to thanks those who helped and prayed for us during the application and say ‘Praise God!’ for this continued opportunity to bring water to areas where it is most needed.