Donation. The generosity of Smithton’s Dreambuilders Church is bringing further joy to students at Joy School in Waswa, Uganda.
The donation of a solar-powered water pump from Nelson Street business, Think Water will allow the school to access fresh water.
Think Water owner Conrad Odgers had no hesitations when the opportunity arose.
“Arjan van Adrichem approached me about what would be suitable to buy,” Conrad said.
“I suggested one which was rather expensive [then thought I will] donate it.
“I thought, it’s going to a good cause, everyone needs water.”
Pastor Damien Heres and church member Paul Arnold travelled to the remote village of Waswa last month, to deliver and install the donation.
In the past, students would spend up to three hours hand-pumping water from a large underground tank to a small above-ground tank; the new installation makes this process automatic.
“Water is usually scarce . . . But they have had lots of rain, the (underground) tank was full,” Damien said.
“The donation of a pump [means the process] happens automatically now, so there is more time for them to be in the classroom.”
Dreambuilders’ relationship with Joy School began five years ago when the church found a desire to foster a village, providing much-needed financial support.
“Waswa is a very poor village,” Damien said. “There was a small building being used as a church, we partnered with them to build classrooms and in 2011 started the school.”
Growing each year, Joy School now provides education from kinder to grade five, has approximately 250 students enrolled and nine teachers.
“[The school] feeds kids twice daily,” Damien said.
“Education is a big thing for them but because it’s such a poor area a lot of the kids have survived because of the feeding program. It costs about $100 a year per child to run the school and feed them.”
The Dreambuilders team visits the community at least once a year to bring fresh supplies, provide leadership training to teachers and expand the church’s vision.
“They love having us there . . . Love the school and are so grateful for what has been achieved so far,” Damien said.
“We would like to look at a partnership to help with funding a sponsor child through International Needs. Kids who go to the school would be available for sponsorship to cover school fees, the feeding program and to help families. Hopefully local families in Smithton will jump on board.
“It’s very rewarding and definitely making a big difference in their lives.”