I first heard of an incredible, non-profit organization called the Ugandan Water Project two years ago when I met my friend Megan Busch for the first time. She is the Trip Coordinator for UWP and has traveled to Uganda six times over the past several years with teams to raise awareness and encouraged advocacy for safe drinking water for communities in Uganda. For the past two years, I have been hopeful that I might be able to participate in a future trip as I have always wanted to serve overseas for a project that connected me with a community and a purpose larger than myself. I recently found out that I have been granted the privilege of traveling to Uganda this summer with Team #23 from July 9 to July 22!

The Ugandan Water Project (www.ugandanwaterproject.com) helps provide clean and safe drinking water for communities in Uganda in the form of rainwater collection systems, bore hole well rehabilitation, and point-of-use water filters. Each water tank provides a 30+ year solution for up to 400 people to collect and store rainwater. Over the past few years, UWP has added Sawyer Point One water filters to their solution set, adding one additional barrier between disease, bacteria, and other water-borne health problems that is portable and storable. Amazingly, these filters have the ability to provide water that is more pure than what most Americans can get out of a kitchen faucet! UWP helps fund and install water solutions in communities to meet physical need and foster unity and relationships within communities and between Uganda and the United States.

For this trip, my team will visit existing and future project sites and assess needs of the communities. We will also visit the slums of Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, providing much needed interaction for the children living in conditions beyond most people’s comprehension yet full to overflowing with aspirations and talent. In addition, the time there will support the young men who are running the program and provide encouragement and support for their efforts.

It is with a sense of purpose that I begin preparing for my part on Team #23 this summer. In order to make this possible, I need to raise $3,500 to cover expenses for airfare, lodging, transportation, and meals as well as for programs we will be leading while there. Will you partner with me financially for this adventure? Specifically, I am asking for donations of $50 to $100. Certainly, any amount will be a blessing and greatly appreciated!  Please consider walking alongside me and the efforts of UWP financially as I travel to Africa!

Thank you for being a part of my support team!