'Hands Across the Water'
Some of the children and staff at the Divine Secondary school near Entebbe
Clean water provided for Ugandan children


April 24, 2009

Children in the Divine Secondary School near Entebbe in Uganda now have clean and safe water to drink thanks to grants from Putnam Rotarians, the Vandalia Rotary Club in South Charleston, and Poca Baptist Church.

The following report was received today from Rotarian Jeff Kayongo of Smile Uganda who supervises the project for the West Virginia groups:

Friday 4/24/2009 11:23 AM

The first Phase of the project is done. We have purchased a 10,000-litre water holding tank and it is already delivered to the Divine Secondary School. I have attached the photos of the tank plus the plastic gutters of 20-metres. The tank cost us $1561.56, the gutters [were] $349.32, wire transfer fees were $40.00 and facilitation is $60.00. This brings us to a total of $2010.88.

The balance left is for the second project of the sewing machines. We are trying to get the best deal and I will update you as soon as we purchase them.

We are going to put the tank on a concrete base and that is going to be done by the school for the tank is already on their premises.

. . . [I]n one of [the photos], water has started being harvested and used, you can see how the school kids are happy.

Blessings and take care.

Jeff Kayongo

The desperate circumstances of life in Uganda included nearly two million orphans in a country where twenty years ago two-thirds of the population carried the AIDS virus.

In the spring of 2005 Chet Marshall, Putnam's own business consultant, author and motivational speaker, came to offer much-needed classes on economic survival and leadership skills.

Near Entebbe, his travels in the African country in 2005 brought him to the Divine Secondary School, a Christian orphanage for boys and girls from 13 to 23 years of age.

The school was without running water and electricity. Food was prepared over a fire pit. Students attended classes sitting three to a desk and often in the floor.

Additional assistance to the Ugandan school have included the Chicken House project, an imaginative double-barreled plan to combine food, funding and living quarters.

The orphanage/school is home to 70 to 80 children.

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