A new borehole was drilled in the Fall last year on the campus of PAG Secondary School in the Soroti District of central Uganda. The local community is semi-urban, although most of the parents sending their children to study are peasant farmers. Since the Head Teacher applied to us for a borehole, the enrollment has grown from 203 students to 725 studying at O Level. The Head Teacher is Obila Simon Peter and he leads 30 teachers. There is an emphasis here on helping vulnerable children, especially those who were former ‘street orphans’. Before the borehole, the students were taking drinking water from a contaminated spring well one kilometer from campus. This spring was also used by the local community, and often boda-boda drivers would wash their motorcycles in the run-off as the students were collecting water. The boys and girls at the school were always sick from intestinal infections. Now the students at PAG Secondary School can drink clean water and no longer have to leave campus to fetch water because they have a borehole on campus (see picture). They are healthy and strong. Rotary Club 33 of San Diego donated $4500 toward the cost of this borehole.
Many thanks to Rotary Club 33 and others for donating this borehole!