It's a familiar sight in Uganda to see women and children searching for any available water hole so that they can fill their jugs and carry them many kilometres back home. If there is a borehole in the community it will mean long hours waiting for your turn to get water.
This is a common problem that is even more of a challenge when you are getting water for a family of 28. This is the situation for Pastor Valentine, his wife Eunic, their children and the orphans in the community of Katogwe that they provide for.
When they wait at the borehole the rest of the community limits them to two jugs of water at a time because that is what the rest of the village gets but to have enough water for everyone this means multiple trips. When we visit, the pastor himself gets water throughout the night to be sure there is enough for breakfast and bathing in the morning.
Mornings create another challenge here as there is only one small area to take your bowl of water and clean up.
The Lord put it on our hearts to believe for a larger showering facility, a borehole, and solar panels to pump the water into a tank for showers and to irrigate the land so that they can have more crops to feed the children.
Building for the showers have begun and will allow five girls and four boys to bath.
We had been told previously of a ministry that would put in a borehole for $1,500 but they have not responded to our emails. The pastor checked another company that wants $10,000. We have heard of others getting them for less but have not located someone giving a lower price.
Last week however when we were not even thinking of the borehole, the Lord directed us to an organization that puts them in as a ministry here in Uganda. It was really a miracle even that we learned of this place. We have contacted the pastor in charge and he would like to have a face to face meeting with us. We really don't know when we will have the time to meet with him because it will mean a days driving each way to talk but if they will be willing to do this project it would be worth the extra gas and hotels.
Please join us in praying that God will provide a borehole for the children of Katogwe either through this organization or to direct us to the right person.
It will also cost about $1000 to finish the showers and $2,200 for the solar.