A new borehole was drilled in the Spring on the campus of St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School in the Nebbi District of northwestern Uganda. The local community is largely peasant farmers, who have little income. The school was opened five years ago in an old church to give parents an alternative to another school in the district, which is very expensive. 340 students came to study at the new school. Before the borehole, the students were taking drinking water from the river Acwera several kilometers from campus. The boys and girls at the school were always sick from intestinal infections. Now the students at St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School can drink clean water and no longer have to leave campus to fetch water because they have a borehole on campus (see the picture). They are healthy and strong. The borehole comes at a critical time for the school, since enrollment dropped during the pandemic, due to the parents’ loss of income. We expect enrollment to increase now, since the school can offer clean water to students. Mary Donnelly of San Diego CA donated the funds for this borehole.
Many thanks to Mary Donnelly for donating this borehole!