In recent times, what with the financial crisis, extended recession, and finally floods and gales, it is easy to forget just how lucky we are! I applaud all those who make the time and the effort to help others in far flung regions of the world. Take water for instance - we have a surfit of the stuff at the moment. I have heard many a wry, ironic comment "I suppose we will have a hose pipe ban in the summer" and so it was a poignant time to have received an email from Twickenham patient Katheryn Cleaver. Katherine is doing something special for a people who would love to have a hose pipe ban, because it would mean they had water to put in hose pipes! Any way, I'll let Katheryn pick up her story.
"I am currently studying at Bristol University, but am originally from Twickenham, and this summer I am taking part in a project that works in the Manafwa District in eastern Uganda. I am going with the charity Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad (BVDA). I will be going in a team of 6 people all from Bristol University and we will also be working with Little BIG Africa who are partners of BVDA.
I'm very excited about this project as it will give me a chance to help in one of the most underdeveloped regions of the country where many areas lack access to clean water, resources and sufficient education. The project I am going on aims to tackle these issues by providing building materials, engineering expertise and the required training needed to equip the locals with the techniques for building and sustainably managing water tanks and fuel-efficient stoves, as well as teaching children in the local school about health and sanitation.
Uganda like many African countries is extremely poor and has an HIV/AIDS epidemic. 1.4 million people, which includes 190,000 children, are living with HIV. This statistic is truly shocking and is something that made me so passionate about going out to Uganda this summer to teach about health and sanitation. If you would like anymore information on the project then please visit the BVDA website http://bvda.weebly.com or http://www.justgiving.com/KathrynCleaver as there is a more detailed description of the trip.
I join all at Friths in being proud to have been able to help Katheryn. You may like to as well. In any case I am sure you will join me in wishing her the very best of luck.