Smiles and Safe Water in Uganda

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WaterStep Staff Member Doug Lark writes about his experience on a recent trip to Uganda.
Down a dusty dirt road several miles from the nearest paved highway is the rural village of Kabowa, Uganda (GPS 0 degrees, 32 minutes, 46 seconds N, 31 degrees, 16 minutes, 31 seconds E). Like many rural villages in Uganda, safe water is an issue in the community. Most of their available water was down a hill to an open source pond about 2 km away.
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With your help, that has changed. On June 12, 2015, the final construction was completed and a new well with a hand pump was inaugurated. Your shoe drives and financial donations allowed WaterStep to sponsor this well. The well is located just a short distance from the secondary school.
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After the well was dedicated, trainers from the Rural Health Care Foundation taught community leaders health and hygiene basics using the Community Lead Total Sanitation Method. This popular training technique involves the whole community in the importance of practicing good hygiene and sanitation habits. Training will be an on-going process through the entire project.
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