By dropFoundation on Jul 1, 2016 in Blog
In August my family and I traveled to Africa to visit the villages that Drop Foundation supported. In the first village, we watched a speaker discuss how the well had changed the community. The well impacted the amount of days the children could be in school. Water borne illness keeps kids out of school frequently. The children make up songs and dances in honor of Drop- this is their way of saying thanks.
Unfortunately, we had arrived hours after a horrible bus accident. Members of the community had been affected, but we were glad to be able to help them through as we gave them something positive to focus on.
The trip to the second village was difficult. The roads we tried to drive on were impassable. At one point my mom made us get out of the van and walk for fear that the van would tip over in the difficult terrain.When we got out of the van there were a few village men with machettes cutting down trees, we were as foreign to them as they were to us. There were also little babies that hugged their moms- they were adorable. I asked if I could photograph their beautiful children (through an interpreter) and they loved it.
In the second village, we were greeted by an amazing original dance created by the children of the village. There were many inspirational speeches and performances. They had clearly spent many days preparing for this event. At the end, we were given gifts by the village. Some of the gifts we received were two live chickens and a rug that we still have today. It was an amazing experience, and those two chickens (named by Max) are still at the office in Uganda.
The second village is also preparing to receive the 600 pounds of books we dragged to Uganda n oder to open Max’s second library. The village people are so grateful to have this opportunity.
A professor from the university in Uganda accompanied us on these village trips. He had done his PhD on sustainability of water within the villages in Uganda.
My dad had conversations with him regarding the sustainability of our wells because many wells break and never work again because they are not maintained. We are going to hire someone to service the wells twice a year to make sure this does not happen with our wells.
Thank you to everyone who helped Drop. I wish you could see how much your help has changed thousands of lives.