A new borehole was drilled at the end of 2020 on the campus of The Vision Secondary School in the Lira District of northern Uganda. This school was established in 2012 in a region of Uganda that is still struggling to recover from years of civil unrest. After peace came, local citizens and parents worked together to build the school in a remote rural area in the Akia village of Adekokwok sub-county. Local villagers farm to feed their families and some are tradesmen. It is nearly a day’s drive to the capital city Kampala. The only source of water for the school was a hand-dug spring well, that dried up seasonally. During the dry periods, students had to wake at 4:00 am to walk kilometers in search of water. For the girls especially, it was dangerous walking thought the bush, un-chaperoned in the dark, to find water. The water at both the spring well and other streams was contaminated because open water is used by animals and local livestock. This school was built to provide education to children from poor families. The Head Teacher, Mr. Okao Jackson, and his teaching staff of 17, are dedicated to improving the academic performance of the students. Now the students at The Vision Secondary School can drink clean water and no longer have to leave campus to fetch water because they have a borehole on campus. They are healthy and strong. Funds for this borehole were donated by Helena Hessle of Nogersund Sweden.
Many thanks to Helena Hessle for donating this borehole!