I had the opportunity to visit the Invisible Children, www.invisiblechildren.com, operation in Gulu, Uganda last week.
I was very impressed. They provide a great amount of service to the victims of the war. Child soldiers, sex slaves, refugees, etc. Through education assistance, tutoring, school construction and mentoring. They are training these victims in small craft and farming programs and microfinance programs. I was able to see the progression their folks are making from rudimentary involvement through constructing a new home and having thriving businesses.
The point of my visit is that they are looking to assist in moving people from the many IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps in the region back to their home or new villages. In order for people to want to move there must be the knowledge that at these places exists food and water security, safety and opportunities. Obviously we are interested in the water security component of this. We are hoping to team up with Charity:Water and Invisible Children to have a complete water and sanitation program for 20 communities in the area including borehole wells, EcoSan latrines and health and hygiene education. We will see what develops.
One of the communities we visited was Tyenakaya Village
The community is broken up into small clumps of housing for each family group and they all gather together at the central meeting point for fellowship and community events. This sweet lady wanted to show us their water point which exists about 5 months per year. The rest of the 7 months they travel to the water point they call Oyomomagoro which translates to “Week people can’t reach” about 3 hours round trip.
I hope to be able to update this story as well with action later in the year.