SVAKOM reports on the successful construction of a second well in Uganda through the efforts of Drop in the Bucket.
Previously SVAKOM worked closely with Drop in the Bucket to secure successful drilling of a water well close to the Alim Health Center II, Uganda. In an attempt to further assist those in need, SVAKOM continued its work with Drop in the Bucket, and through donations given by SVAKOM a second well has been constructed within close proximity of the Alero Health Center III.
“We are happy to see SVAKOM continue working with us,” a rep of Drop in the Bucket said.“we have many health centers in Uganda that still urgently need water.”
Awor Stella Grace, 36, shared her life story and experiences working in medical profession without access to clean water. “Growing up, I spent so much time sick and always remember the care given to me by the doctors…” she said. “…It made me want to become a nurse so that I could help others too.”
Awor witnessed many of her fellow students drop out on her journey to become a nurse due to a variety of reason, she reflects that fulfilling this dream was not an easy task. “… Coming up with the school fees each term was a struggle, but with every sick patient I helped, my resolve to graduate became stronger”.
Before her current position in the Alero Health Center III, Awor worked in her childhood hospital St. Mary’s as well as many other medical facilities. “I love my job, but the lack of clean and constant water has been a major problem for me and my patients,” she said, regarding the previous situation in which she would need to travel long distances to fetch water. “This well either gave us muddy reddish water, or it produced no water at all”.
Lack of clean water within easy reach of a medical facility poses a great risk to patients’ recovery. “… [before] a mother came to deliver but we did not have water at the facility,” Awor added whilst reflecting on her experiences at the Alero Health Center III prior to the construction of the new water well. “… Normally we would go to our homes in the nearby staff quarters, but this time we had no water there either. I quickly grabbed two of my neighbors and asked them to run with me to fetch water from the well.”
The lack of access to clean water has left nurses such as Awor in positions where they need to ask patients to take medication without liquids, as well as caused the health center to reach unhygienic states of cleanliness. “…Without clean water, we could not clean the equipment or even wash the blood off of the delivery room sheets or the floor” A mid-wife at the facility commented.
The drilling of these wells is a time consuming and expensive process, and due to the global pandemic currently underway this process has become further elongated. SVAKOM looks on with pride hearing the positive comments from workers and patients at the Alero Health Center III as their hardships of their recovery and work are improved via the newly drilled well.
“This is a blessing. I am really happy and appreciative to [Drop in the Bucket], and to those who made this possible.” Awor said. Further, a mid-wife in employment at Alero Health Center III commented “… I am glad my maternity ward now has constant clean water, it has changed our lives and the lives of all the babies and expectant mothers”.
SVAKOM is committed to contributing to the betterment of the world. “We are able to make things better, and that’s what we want to continue doing. Even the smallest donation or contribution can make a difference and you never know what dreams can come true when you try, after all, dreams have no limits” a SVAKOM rep said.