Support sought for Ugandan village


An Oamaru couple are doing their part to try to make life a little easier for the residents of a Ugandan village, and are seeking the support of North Otago locals.
Lindsay and Dalaine Walker have established an organisation, Make My Name Count, which aims to build much-needed resources for the couple’s sponsor children, their families and the wider communities.
Mr Walker will speak about the organisation and the projects it is driving in the Ugandan village of Kakuuto at the House of Breakthrough Church auditorium on Tuesday.
He was alerted to the village’s plight during a 10-day visit to the area in June.
Already, significant progress has been made in some areas. A project to help 18-year-old Harriet Kamukoobwa has led to a solar light and non-paraffin burning fire being installed in the small mud hut she shares with 10 other family members, while another project aims to give the family a brick home.
Harriet’s home is situated in a farming area prone to flooding during the rainy season, which starts in March.
So far, $3000 of the required $6000 has been raised for the project, which will involve moving the house to higher ground.
Mr Lindsay said the family’s situation was common in Uganda.
“You have to realise, in these areas there is no lighting or water and they are susceptible to disease … that’s really sad. When I went to Uganda, I went there to see if there was any way to help Harriet in a practical way. We wanted to do something that would make a huge difference.”Harriet, who walks 12km each day to and from school and collects firewood and provisions for her family, lost her father to tuberculosis several years ago when a simple bolt on the village’s water bore broke.
He drank water from a stream disturbed by infected cattle, which caused his death.
As well as the projects to support Harriet and her family, other projects include one to construct a bakehouse for the village, which would help teach children to cook and bake, and another to build a church in the village.
Of the $5000 to fund the bakehouse project, $1000 has been raised.
Mr Lindsay said the bakehouse would make a massive difference.
“They have a kiln _ quite a good one _ in an old building. But they need to mix the dough … they are capable of producing 1000 loaves a day, which would be huge.”Plans are in place to establish a coffee plantation.
While Mr Lindsay said the environment was suitable to grow coffee, there were no resources or training in place to grow or harvest it.
He hoped the people of North Otago would support Make My Name Count’s projects.
“We’re looking for partnerships and asking people to sacrifice the cost of a cup of coffee … every dollar counts.”Mr Lindsay’s talk takes place between 7pm and 9pm on Tuesday.

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