Posted on Feb 27, 2023
To support a water infrastructure project for students in Uganda who do not have easy access to clean drinking water over 300 students at Holly Elementary School in the Delta community of Ladner participated in a Walk for Water on February 10, 2023. The children carried yellow jerry cans of water almost one kilometer to simulate a daily task for their peers in the East African nation. The schools "Green Team" also raised $900 which, matched by a member of the Rotary Club of Tsawwwassen, for a total of $1,800 towards the Club's "Walk for Water" project that will deliver clean drinking water and sanitation and hygiene training to over 1000 people in Uganda.
In Uganda, 1 in 4 people lack access to clean, safe water. Women and children will walk on average 3km, and spend 6 hours a day fetching dirty water. Then entire families will often catch Typhoid Fever from the dirty water, costing them months of wages for medicine along with lost time at school or working.
Tsawwassen Rotary is seeking the support of multiple Rotary clubs as well as The Rotary Foundation, through a global grant, to lift up the lives of girls and women and all family members in a community, not only in terms of health, but economic productivity and well being. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.

-- photo courtesy of World Vision
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On right, leader of the Rotary Global Grant project to provide a clean running water system for a rural
area in Uganda is Yvonne Anderson, with Past District Governor John Anderson, of Tsawwassen Rotary
Walk 4 Water display at Holly Elementary School