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    Bringing services home

    Day 133

    Lightening the Load

    Today, we are heading about an hour northeast of Oruchinga to Nakivale Refugee Settlement. Nakivale is a bustling settlement that is home to more than 100,000 refugees and it’s been around since 1958.

    Living in a refugee settlement can be challenging – the daily task of fetching water, walking miles to get to an appointment, waiting in the hot sun for a food distribution. Now, imagine doing all this on your own and in your later years.

    This is the case for a man named Deo. He lives alone and his ability to move around isn’t what it used to be. Freddie, one of our team members in Nakivale, had an idea to help Deo and others like him. With mobility being an issue, he thought that we could bring some of these services to them. “He needs to use water daily – for cooking, drinking, washing – it can be right here,” said Freddie.

    So, we set about building a water tank beside Deo’s house. In just a few short days, the bricks were laid, the water tank installed and ready to use. “You’ve brought the water close to me. Thank you,” said Deo. It’s one small change that we hope will make everyday life just a little bit easier for Deo.

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