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September 2015

A new borehole for St. Jude Burora Secondary School

St. Jude Burora Secondary School is located in the west of Uganda, in a small impoverished town. There are 300 secondary students and the campus is shared with a primary school that has 450 students. Most of the families that send students to the school are peasant farmers, existing on less than US$1 per day. The school had never had any visitors from outside before we came to visit, and certainly, many of the peasant children had never seen a westerner! Internet and other connections to the ‘outside’ world are sparse and sporadic. The region suffered ebola outbreaks in 2009, but the Uganda Ministry of Health contained the spread and averted disaster. The need for clean water at this school in Kagadi, Kibaale was extremely dramatic. There has never been a borehole in the whole sub-county and people from 11 schools, one police station, 7 churches and two markets all take their drinking water from one running stream. Because of this, the area had a severe cholera outbreak a year or so before we came to the school. The stream dries when it is not raining. Local farmers bring their livestock to the stream to drink. Despite continued pleading from the Head Teacher to ask farmers to keep their stock out of the stream when school is in session, the stream is clearly contaminated, brown in color and has a stench that rivals that at cattle stockyards. Moreover, this filthy contaminated stream is located two kilometers from the campus. The school strives to maintain academic excellence in O level curriculum, but students are frequently too sick to study. Happily, the McFadden Family from Omaha NE donated $9000 for a borehole at this school, and in February, the well was drilled, right on campus. Now, the students at both the secondary and primary schools have clean reliable water to drink. Local villagers can also use the borehole when it is not in use by the students. Many thanks to the McFadden Family of Omaha for this borehole!

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