Launch of Nailsea Uganda Water Project

A COMMUNITY project to provide clean water to six villages in Uganda is being launched in Nailsea on Saturday.

Leaders of all churches in the town are appealing for members of the community and businesses to help them raise �90,000 over the next three years to provide a safe water supply to people in south west Uganda.

Fundraisers for the Nailsea Uganda Water Project will be running a stall at Nailsea Farmers’ and Craft Market outside Waitrose in High Street from 9.30am-1pm.

The volunteers hope to have a working model of the water harvesting project at the event to show people what their money will be put towards.

There will also be fundraising games such as hook a duck and a line of coins and at 11am balloons will be set free to officially launch the project.

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Roger Evans, project secretary, said: “We’ve raised �15,000 so far through the churches and various donations. We’re hoping to raise �30,000 each year for the next three years.

“We are helping a community in south west Uganda to get clean water to improve their lives and we are just asking people to support us for the next three years.”

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The idea for the project was born after Holy Trinity rector Jolyon Trickey visited Uganda on a sabbatical and saw children dying due to a lack of clean water.

Church leaders across the town have now teamed up in a bid to raise the funds to build a clean water supply.

Some of the money will be used to pay for a geological survey to find a clean and sustainable water source above the village. A water tank to collect the water will then be built, a trench will be dug from the tank to the village, before pipes and taps are installed in the last phase of the work.

Fundraisers are hoping to put on one event every month to raise the cash. Events already planned include a wine tasting evening, a carol concert and trek up mount Snowdon.

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