A Quest For Clean Water
Richmond group aiding in Ugandan water well project
A Little Help Goes A Long Way In Uganda, Priest Says
Catholic Key Associate Editor
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Father Anthony Bingi, a priest of the Diocese of Hoima, Uganda, is in the United States to raise money for the “Be Christ to the Poor” Foundation which helps raise Ugandans from destitution. His trip is sponsored by Jeanne and Jim Schmidt.
Aid Needed for Water Lines, Pump For Ugandan School and Village
Ssebadduka, the Ugandan priest at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Richmond, says water from the stream is carried up the hill each day by the 400 or so children who attend St. John the Baptist parish school. The students â€“ as well as the 100 orphans cared for by the Be a Christ to the Poor Foundation that Ssebadduka founded â€“ collect the water in five-gallon containers and then climb the hill as part of their daily ritual.
Running water exists in parts of Uganda, but itâ€™s only accessible to people who can afford it.
â€œIf you have the money then you have the water,â€ said Fr. Anthony Bingi Atwooki, 40, priest of the Hoima diocese in Bulindi, â€œmoney to be connected, money (to pay) for the water.â€
Atwooki, who is visiting Richmond as a guest of Immaculate Conception and Ssebadduka, made his first trip to the United States in hopes of improving life for the children and adult residents of his Ugandan parish.
Full story is in the Thursday, July 29, 2010 edition of the Richmond News
Photo: Father Anthony Bingi Atwooki, left, and Immaculate Conception Priest George Ssebadduka display a shirt for the Be a Christ to the Poor Foundation, an organization Atwooki hopes can raise $30,000 his for Ugandan village. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)