Three for our Third Time in Uganda

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Three clean water wells for our third time in Uganda!

We are kicking off preparations for our third trip to Uganda!

As preparations begin, we are meeting with people to give more information, sending lots of e-mails answering questions, and plans are flying! After all, social media posts, sponsorship letters, and fundraising for our 2017 Uganda Mission team is already underway!

Why Uganda?

Clean water, that’s why.

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The average Ugandan walks 6k a day for water that isn’t even clean.

The bulk of the responsibility goes to young children or girls, and the watering holes are typically unsafe and/or unclean. Contaminated water can cause a wide variety of illnesses, many of which are easily treatable. But, some of which if they go untreated can cause death. However, because many in Uganda cannot afford the medication, let alone the hospital bill, the contaminated water can pose a real threat. Learn more about water illnesses here.

  • Each clean water well that Mission4Water digs serves on average 350 people.
  • Each well costs around $4,000.
  • Each well costs about $12 PER PERSON it serves to provide clean, safe drinking water for the rest of their life!

However, since this year we will be in the Entebbe region (just outside of Kampala), there’s a good chance the wells will service a larger population. – Making the per person cost much lower, but the overall cost about the same.

What Are the Trip Details?

For our third year (in a row), we are sending a group of 15 people to Uganda for two weeks in July to partner with Mission4Water.org to dig THREE clean water wells!

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In previous years we have dug two at a time and left additional money for them to dig wells after we are gone! But, this year, we have been able to work out the logistics to add a third clean water well while we are there!

Our goal is to raise enough funds to dig three wells, and provide them the money for an additional two after we leave!

Why are we stoked? Because after the completion of this year’s trip, this particular mission will have helped Mission4 Water dig 15 clean water wells!.. EACH serving around 350 people, meaning over 5,200 people will have clean water in Uganda after the 2017 trip! A drop in the bucket begins to add up!

As the leaders, we are SO excited to be returning to Sue, Sunday, and “the Boys” (the six full-time drillers) that we can hardly stand it! As a team, we have six people returning from last year’s trip, and are stoked to add an additional nine people to the team! Making this trip a fun generational experience since each year has had people from the previous trips.

This year we will be splitting into three groups during the workday hours to hand auger (drill), dig, prepare PVC piping and filters, lay cement, and pump in order to get three working clean water wells!

The entire process takes anywhere from 7-10 days depending on how deep the holes need to be dug, which depends on the time of year (rainy or dry season), and of course the type of ground we are digging through. – Last year one of the teams could not get past a couple feet of sandstone, ultimately having to abandon the hole and start over!

After the wells are finished and commissioned, the team will head up to Murchison Falls for two days of rest, a safari, and debriefing before returning to the US.

The 411 on Money

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Each person that goes on the trip will need to raise funds to cover their expenses during the two week trip which will be $2,950.

As a team, the additional $4,000 per well is not included in the per-person cost of the trip. – So, ultimately we dig as many wells as we have funds to cover.

Last year, with the help and support of local organizations, companies, restaurants, individuals (friends, family, and strangers), a ton of legwork on the part of our team, and the Fairfax JDC doing a learning project and fundraising event, we raised $43,125, significantly over our goal! With this money we were able to send 10 individuals, dig two wells, and send money for additional wells! Miraculously we were able to raise literally THOUSANDS of dollars to change the lives of people on the other side of the world for the rest of their lives.

We are stoked to see how 2017 turns out! We believe that this year will be reflective of the excitement building within the people joining the team, and we have no doubts that this year we will continue to increase the support that we received last year!

  1. We will have our third annual Race for H2Ope 6k Run/Walk in May. – Previously raising $10-15k each year!
  2. We will have another silent auction and house party! – Providing community, laughter, goodies, and of course an amazing support base for our team!
  3. We are a creative bunch, so numerous additional fun events will be planned and coming!

Be sure to keep a lookout for ways to join our community of supporters, meet new people, learn more about Uganda, and of course support an amazing organization with Mission4Water!

Join us on this journey!

Come to our events, follow this blog and our updates on social media, pray for the team, and please consider supporting us financially! Together, we can each be a drop (or two) in the bucket to make a tangible difference in the lives of hundreds upon hundreds of people in 2017!

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Three for our Third Time in Uganda

37 days, and I am absolutely Overwhelmed.

37 days until we leave for Uganda again.
37 days until I step foot back into the country that has such a big place in my heart.

As I sit back and think through all that is about to happen, about this trip, about all that has already happened, my heart and my spirit are completely overwhelmed, but in the absolute best way possible.

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I am overwhelmed by the generosity of those who have donated to this cause; to the wells that we are digging and to everyone’s trip costs. We have the some of the most amazing friends, and family (and strangers). Through our 2nd annual Race for H20pe alone, we were able to raise enough money for both of the wells that we will be digging while we are in Uganda! And, we were even able to forge a relationship with HumanKind Water, who came and hung out with us on race day, donated water, and walked away as new friends!

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I am overwhelmed by God’s faithfulness. Over and over, He continues to show up and show off. He continues to remind me that He has called me to this, and He will bless this trip and my efforts; and through the stories of my nine teammates, I get to see and hear that He is doing the same thing for them. That we are each uniquely called to this trip, and He is showing up and providing for them. I am already seeing and hearing the ways that God is stretching them, and strengthening their faith via this trip, and we haven’t even left yet!!

I am overwhelmed with excitement. I’ve told people over and over again,

“If you have never seen the look on someone’s face, the first time they see clean water…your life will never be the same after.”

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We dug two wells last year, so I got to experience that twice, and I still get tears in my eyes, and chills just thinking about those moments, about the absolute shouts and screams of excitement and gratitude as the well is commissioned and handed over to them… AND, I get to go back and do it all over again! I get to do this! Plus, as an added bonus, I get to witness my teammates experiencing this too. I can’t wait for them to have those moments. – I am so excited for them!

I am overwhelmed with anticipation. The more I think about and pray about this trip, and this team… the more I am counting down the days. I cannot wait! Knowing all the ways that God has already shown His faithfulness to us, all the ways He has already shown up, and showed off… I am filled with Holy anticipation at what all is to come on this trip.

We will dig two wells; we will provide around 700 Ugandans with clean, safe water for the first time in their lives! That’s what we are going there to do, and I can’t wait for that. But, I’m also so excited about all of the ways that God is going to use us while we are there in the lives of the people we get to work with, and the ways He is going to use us in the lives of one another on this team.

Thinking ahead to this trip, my eyes fill with tears, happy tears. I can’t wait for the relationships that will be formed, and the ones that will be solidified. I know that everyone of my teammates chose this trip, because they wanted to make a tangible difference, and they will. But, I am so excited to see and hear about all the ways that they are blessed through this trip and through this experience. God is good and faithful!

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I am so grateful, that God has called me to this!

I. Get. To. Do. This!!!

~Amy

#UgandaExcited #OnMissionEveryDay

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37 days, and I am absolutely Overwhelmed.

#UgandaExcited Three Months Out!

We figured it was time to share some updates on our Uganda mission preparation!

We are about three months away!

  • We have our tickets bought! – Which means we have official dates!
  • We are 35% of the way to our crazy $48,000 goal – Which will send 10 of us to Uganda, allow us to build two clean water wells while we are on the ground, and leave the funds for an additional three wells!
  • Starting in two weeks (May) our team begins meeting twice a month, which is one of the best indications of how close we are getting!

We are so excited about upcoming events that will help us to raise funds, but also because these events allow us to spread the knowledge of what we are doing and why!

If you would like to join the Run/Walk in MD or MI, register here!

We also are excited to share that we have our team t-shirts ready to be ordered, but also excited that everyone that joins us for the race will also be sporting our team shirt!

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#UgandaExcited Three Months Out!