St Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Waltham, raises funds for WATSAN expedition and project

A team of people of all ages is preparing for the trip of a lifetime, aiming to raise funds to visit and assist with labour and materials for WATSAN’s Rumbugu project in rural Uganda.

The St Peter's team pictured wearing WATSAN t-shirtsSt Peter’s is a Church of England church in the heart of the small town of Bishop’s
Waltham, Hampshire, in the UK, part of the Anglican diocese of Portsmouth. Eighteen members of the congregation and friends have committed to raising £1,550 each, in order to pay for the tour and to support WATSAN’s Rumbugu project. Sanitation facilities at Rumbugu School are grossly overloaded and dilapidated, and there is only one water tap with an intermittent supply for the 400 children and staff.

The planned support for Rumbugu could therefore be a matter of life and death as well as continuity of educational outcomes for the children of Rumbugu, in addition to a source of tremendous encouragement to WATSAN’s Ugandan team. The tour will benefit from the experience of the WATSAN teams in the UK and in Uganda, who have successfully hosted several other groups, including the Girl Guides in August 2013.

Led by Reverend James Hunt, the visiting team plans to pitch in with hard work and manual labour to help the project, as well as bringing £7,200’s worth of financial support to fund the materials and skilled labour required to make the project a success. This will be matched with other funds raised by WATSAN, including £1,100 raised by a “Walk for Water” in China, and a substantial pledge from a loyal supporter in the UK.

The funds and help offered by St Peter’s will contribute to the construction of two rainwater collection tanks; three new latrine blocks for pupils and staff; supporting facilities such as bath shelters, dish drying racks and a community compost pit; all in parallel with a dedicated health and hygiene education programme to ensure ongoing sustainability.

The St Peter’s team are working hard to achieve their fundraising target, and plan to take part in Watsan’s Walk for Water, a fundraising banquet and quiz and bag packing, alongside their individual fundraising activities.

To give money to the St Peter’s team, please visit their MyDonate page.