So I’m back and finally blogging! I recently returned from spending about two months in Uganda serving and volunteering with Thirst Relief International by documenting the work they’re doing to bring people in Uganda & Kenya, clean safe water through their BioSand Water Filters. I documented the people, the places, the problems they’re suffering from when it comes to water and the projects that are in place to help be a solution to those problems so they lives can be saved and communities can be transformed.
It’s been overwhelming to go through the two months of work to narrow down what I would share on my blog. I’ve been editing, narrowing things down, trying to categorize them and so here’s my first post. I’ll share more about my experience, how I got involved, etc. in the next couple of days, but I just wanted to start by sharing about the people of Uganda. These are a fraction of the portraits I took while in Uganda, but they’re a few of my favorites. I have stories related to each photo I am sharing here. The people are beautiful, kind, hardworking, loving, joyful, happy and they’re surviving and doing their best in hard living conditions. I was told that about 80% of the population of Uganda is under the age of 18, so that’s one reason there are so many pictures of children. Most families have many children — it was common to meet children who were one of nine from among their siblings. I just wanted to share these portraits because they’ll give you an idea of who Thirst Relief is helping or who they’re trying to help. Clean water is truly a problem in Uganda (and in many parts of the world). Through a a monthly donation of $10, or a one time gift, you can help bring the people of Uganda and several other countries around the world Clean, safe drinking water. One filter is about $100 and it usually provides clean water for about 7-9 people in a household. So as I share this series, I would love to encourage you to take action to make a difference in the lives of one of these people by giving generously so that they have the basic need of clean, safe drinking water. 100% of your donation will go to projects on the ground in places like Uganda. You can donate here.