Published on: Aug 9, 2014
Hundreds of villagers in Uyogo can now drink fresh, clean water thanks to our work. Peter Fisher recently visited Africa with his wife Ann to take a look at this latest project.
He said: “The villagers were desperately short of water so we raised 7,000 which helped finance the drilling of a 50m bore hole. I was thrilled when I got there and saw the water pump working.
“We walked about a kilometre from the village along dusty tracks and saw people pumping the water by a palm tree. It’s usually women and children who fetch it and they did this about four times a day.”
There are about 4,000 people living in the village but only a few hundred of them have access to the pump.
As well as financing clehean, safe water, the friendship link has also built two new nurses’ houses and new classrooms, which they plan to dedicate to the late Eric Deal, a founder member of the group.
It also sponsors the village nurse Joyce Ongati to do a doctor’s course in Dar es Salaam.
Mr Fisher, said: “We operate on a partnership basis and we ‘hand up’ rather than ‘hand out’.
“The villagers make bricks and build the clinic buildings, classrooms and houses but we supply money for the materials such as roof sheets and cement. The Tanzanian government then pays the teachers’ salaries, so we all work together. We have regular communication with Uyogo to check our money is being spent wisely and from time to time we visit to see for ourselves. Our travel expenses are all self-funded.”