Building on the success of a 2021 grant, the Louisville Water Foundation continues to support a project that is providing access to clean, safe water in an area of Uganda where water needs are a daily emergency for many communities.
Last year, the Foundation provided a $10,800 grant to kickstart a project involving students at three Jefferson County Middle Schools who raised an additional $14,981 for rainwater collection systems at schools in the African country.
This year, the Foundation approved a Ugandan Water Project grant request for an additional $21,600 to act as a catalyst for a new set of projects, including not only additional rainwater collection systems but also water filters and handwashing stations. Six Kentucky schools are now involved in the project, so local students are learning about the world’s water crisis and are empowered to be part of the solution by completing fundraisers to match the Foundation's gift.
According to Ugandan Water Project representatives, the new grant both encourages more Kentucky students toward greater personal involvement with water issues and results in wider distribution of proven interventions for water supply and safety in Uganda.
The six Kentucky schools are Kammerer Middle School, Barret Traditional Middle School, Ramsey Middle School, Farnsley Middle School, Bernheim Middle School, and Olmsted Academy South. A WLKY report focused on efforts at Kammerer, which included eighth graders carrying jugs of water a mile to better understand what some children in Uganda have to do every day.