The 2,450 residents of the Palorinya Refugee Camp in northern Uganda are mostly women and children. Tragically, many of their husbands, fathers, and brothers were lost in South Sudan’s brutal civil war.
The government of Uganda began welcoming Sudanese refugees into the Moyo District in 2013; however, the municipal government struggled to provide the dense population in this area with their most basic need—access to drinking water.
The United Nations assisted by bringing water from the Nile River in tanker trucks. However, many times during rainy weather when roads became muddy, the trucks could not make their deliveries. It was commonplace for people to wait in line for eight hours for one jerry can of water.
Charles Longa, the camp warden, felt this community’s burden heavily on his heart. Camps are often susceptible to outbreaks of illness due to poor sanitation and the close quarters that people live in.
Charles realized how insufficient water and unsanitary storage methods could perpetuate the spread of epidemics commonplace in refugee camps, so he reached out to Living Water Uganda for help.
Moved by the request, the Living Water team surveyed the area and returned to complete two safe water projects in Block 1 of the Palorinya Refugee Camp, which is home to 350 people. Water access was finally simple and safe!
Living Water Uganda partnered with Foursquare Disaster Relief to return to the Moyo District for 12 months of work providing water access, promoting sanitation and hygiene, constructing latrines, and mobilizing churches and communities.
It’s our prayer that the residents’ confidence will arise as they work together to steward their new safe water well. As they learn and apply concepts about sustainable water management, sanitation and hygiene, and community-driven solutions, the refugees can establish a new life for themselves.
The gift of safe water has restored hours of time to the women and children in this community. They can now dedicate their time to rebuilding their lives through work, rest, and recovery.
Although they still carry the trauma and grief of lost loved ones in their hearts, the refugees have been given hope in knowing their needs are seen and cared for by God.