There are smiles at the two new COFIA water wells in Peta and Busia, Eastern Uganda, thanks to our partnership with the Rotary. The COFIA team officially opened the wells recently, with COFIA Founder Carolyn Othieno present for the celebration. The smiles and joyful singing at the water wells today are in stark contrast to the suffering caused by a deadly drought just over a year ago. There was no rainfall between August 2016 and to March 2017. With no water, crops failed and boreholes dried leading to dangerous levels of water scarcity and food insecurity. During COFIA's visit two weeks ago to the area, a study was conducted to determine the root cause of hunger at St. Jude School in Rubongi Village. Mothers were overcome with emotion, barely able to speak as they told of having to rely on wild cassava to feed their children. The wild cassava is said to be laced with a natural cyanide, but word spread that if you peeled the cassava, it was safe to eat. That was not the case the women somberly whispered to Carolyn, revealing the loss of children and infants.
Our new water wells will support COFIA Farms, promoting sustainable farming to end food insecurity, and to benefit child health, nutrition and learning.
This Saturday, the Rotary Club of Tacoma North Annual Harvest Celebration will fundraise to support partnerships with many local nonprofits and programs, including COFIA. The Raise the Paddle portion of the Live Auction will support COFIA's Demonstration Farm Project in Uganda, where families can find resources and learn how to effectively grow enough food to feed their families. Lack of access to training, seeds, and tools to grow food keeps families from being able to provide sustenance for their families.
Special thanks to our water well partners: Tacoma North Rotary Club, Clover Park Rotary (USA), Rotary Club of Tacoma #8
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