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September 2015

A new borehole for Kirigwajjo Secondary School


St. Kirigwajjo Secondary School is located in the Kibaale district of western Uganda. Founded in 1997, it has grown to a student population of 900, with 600 boarding students. The school is the academic leader in the county, offering curriculum at both O and A level. 90% of students completing the national UACE examination qualify for future admission to university. Most of the local villagers are peasant farmers, and fees are kept low so students can attend classes. In the past, students got water for drinking, bathing and cooking from a well in a cattle pasture that frequently dried up, or from water catchment tanks on campus that collected rain water from classroom buildings. The roofs were rusted and presented a health threat that included typhoid to students drinking this water. When we told Rotary Club 33 of San Diego about the need for water at this school, they responded by awarding us a challenge grant of $4500. With donations from many of you, we met their challenge, and reached the goal of $9000 so that we could order the drilling of the borehole in February. Now the students at St. Kirigwajjo Secondary school have clean water to drink. At the time the borehole was drilled, it was dry season. The Head Teacher Nsaali Andrew said: “We have not yet had rain and most of the water sources are dry. You can imagine how exciting it is to have a borehole that is able to give all the water we need at this time with out fail.”

Many thanks to Rotary Club 33, and to all of you for making this possible

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