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Wells of life

About

Wells of Life transforms lives, families, and communities in the remote rural villages of Uganda, East Africa.

We work in the rural districts of Mityana, Mubende and Cassanda in Uganda, East Africa to serve the people of these small communities, which typically have 200-300 homes in each village.

 

One in five children dies before the age of five in these areas, (one child dies every 21 seconds), due to drinking contaminated water, often their only water source. A human can go without food for about three weeks but can only last three to four days without water. 

 

A typical and common daily ritual is for the women or girls of each household set out from their home with a yellow plastic “jerry can” every morning and evening to walk 2-5 miles, twice a day to collect water for the family form the closest water source. There is no water infrastructure within the villages. Around 900 million hours are wasted each year in sub-Saharan Africa. There are about 3 million children and nearly 14 million women who walk to carry water each day, just to help their household survive.

 

Mostly these water sources are ground-water shallow creeks, swamps, or rainwater hollows where water naturally collects on the ground. This water is typically shared with animals such as cows, goats or dogs, or is contaminated with human excrement matter (homes are rudimentary, and they do not have toilets or latrines, so daily excrement is typically conducted in the wild, about 100 yards from their home). The fecal matter is later washed into the ground waterways during rains, causing enteric pathogens (Cholera, Dysentary, Typhoid and microbial groundwater vulnerability to fecal contamination) that when consumed can cause severe illness, substantial dehydration and organ failure, resulting in early death.

 

Contaminated water is the #1 biggest challenge to sustainable life in these rural villages. Access to clean water will radically change a community.

 

Clean water and W.A.S.H. provide recognizable new hope and considerably reduces early mortality (death), especially in the villages young people, allowing school age children to consistently attend school without being burdened with walking miles as a water carrier every day. 

 

In surface water tests in these outlying areas, DNA from the opportunistic pathogen Citrobacter freundii was most prevalent (69% analysed samples), with Vibrio cholerae also perennially persistent in groundwater (41% analysed samples). DNA from other species such as Bifidobacterium longum and Arcobacter butzleri along with thermotolerant (faecal) coliforms, sanitary risks, and tryptophan-like fluorescence was more seasonally present in the ground waterways during the rainy seasons from March through May and October through November.

 

By providing these communities a clean water well, and committing a year to training and educating “every” household, week-by-week on sanitation and hygiene best practices, Wells of Life radically transforms entire communities, gives the beginnings of the move out of extreme generational poverty, allows consistent access to education for young people, creating new hope for a better future for the first time in their lives for every father, mother, and child in the village.

OUR 

Heroes

Every day, we serve the people living in the remote rural villages of Uganda, East Africa. These are our heroes.

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What we do

We transform lives and entire villages and communities in remote parts of rural Uganda by providing easy access to clean water through installing freshwater wells and teaching proper sanitation and hygiene techniques (through our W.A.S.H programs) in villages that house some of the poorest people on earth.

We work in the rural districts of Mityana, Mubende and Cassanda in Uganda, East Africa to serve the people of these small communities, which typically have 200-300 homes in each village.

 

One in five children dies before the age of five in these areas, (one child dies every 21 seconds), due to drinking contaminated water, often their only water source. A human can go without food for about three weeks but can only last three to four days without water. 

 

A typical and common daily ritual is for the women or girls of each household set out from their home with a yellow plastic “jerry can” every morning and evening to walk 2-5 miles, twice a day to collect water for the family form the closest water source. There is no water infrastructure within the villages. Around 900 million hours are wasted each year in sub-Saharan Africa. There are about 3 million children and nearly 14 million women who walk to carry water each day, just to help their household survive.

 

Mostly these water sources are ground-water shallow creeks, swamps, or rainwater hollows where water naturally collects on the ground. This water is typically shared with animals such as cows, goats or dogs, or is contaminated with human excrement matter (homes are rudimentary, and they do not have toilets or latrines, so daily excrement is typically conducted in the wild, about 100 yards from their home). The fecal matter is later washed into the ground waterways during rains, causing enteric pathogens (Cholera, Dysentary, Typhoid and microbial groundwater vulnerability to fecal contamination) that when consumed can cause severe illness, substantial dehydration and organ failure, resulting in early death.

 

Contaminated water is the #1 biggest challenge to sustainable life in these rural villages. Access to clean water will radically change a community.

 

Clean water and W.A.S.H. provide recognizable new hope and considerably reduces early mortality (death), especially in the villages young people, allowing school age children to consistently attend school without being burdened with walking miles as a water carrier every day. 

 

In surface water tests in these outlying areas, DNA from the opportunistic pathogen Citrobacter freundii was most prevalent (69% analysed samples), with Vibrio cholerae also perennially persistent in groundwater (41% analysed samples). DNA from other species such as Bifidobacterium longum and Arcobacter butzleri along with thermotolerant (faecal) coliforms, sanitary risks, and tryptophan-like fluorescence was more seasonally present in the ground waterways during the rainy seasons from March through May and October through November.

 

By providing these communities a clean water well, and committing a year to training and educating “every” household, week-by-week on sanitation and hygiene best practices, Wells of Life radically transforms entire communities, gives the beginnings of the move out of extreme generational poverty, allows consistent access to education for young people, creating new hope for a better future for the first time in their lives for every father, mother, and child in the village.

Our Heroes

Every day, we serve the people living in the remote rural villages of Uganda, East Africa. These are our heroes.

These are the people we admire, who battle the great odds of survival each and every day.

 

These are the Mothers and fathers trying to escape the crushing daily challenges of extreme poverty for their families. These are the children and mothers, who from a young age are burdened with spending hours each day carrying water along dusty dirt paths to help their family survive another day.

 

These are the poorest people on earth, but also the happiest and most grateful people you will ever meet. They deal with third world survival problems each day, but the smiles, thanks and immense gratitude for any help offered, a hand-up, are genuine and sincere.

 

These rural heroes are full of faith and hope. They are beautiful people. Every child has dreams of becoming a doctor, a pilot, a scientist, or a farmer. They play and make-believe games just like your children and dream of a house with electricity and lights where they can turn on a tap without thinking, just to get clean water. They don’t have video games or electronic devices, but they know fun and laughter, like children just a world over.

Our Heroes

We serve our donors, our heroes.

Our other heroes are our donors. We work every day to help their financial support go as far as possible, every dollar, every euro, every penny. Our donors are deeply caring and generous people who want to do their part to help those less fortunate. Our donors understand that giving creates personal fulfillment, and that the paradox of life is that the more you give, the more you get.

 

They see their lives as contributors to the global good of humanity and the planet. Their generous support reflects their ability to see that when one of us is challenged, we are all challenged.

 

Our donors are selfless. They are our true heroes. They live their personal values, giving what they can, to help give better lives to those who need a hand up, not a hand out.

 

We work hand-in-hand with students, moms, dads, business people, churches, schools, nurses, fire-fighters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, young people, old people, across town and across the world. Our donors come from all walks of life, backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, cultures, demographics and socio-economic situations.

Contact

200 Spectrum Center Drive #300

Irvine CA 92618 USA

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Tel: 855-935-5763

selena@wellsoflife.org

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