Rainy season in Uganda is a time where it leaves those in the poorest and most slum conditions in great need and in dire straights.
Olivia, Bunga-Love Project’s Overseer, has been faithful to let us know of the awful and terrible conditions these families face.
Olivia explains, “I have been to Ggaba Katoogo area where Mary Nakitende, Janet Namutebi, Margret Wazemwa and little Juliet Azayo stay. Their houses are flooded with water, dirty water with sewage and rubbish in it. They are scooping out water from their two-roomed houses all the time, as it keeps collecting there. They keep wading through the water day and night. They have told me that for three months now they keep wearing gum boots to go through this dirty and smelly water. They say of late the water levels have risen alarmingly and they don’t have anywhere to go. They say at night there are many mosquitoes in their rooms and they have to burn up some herbs whose smoke repels them. The sight is sickening and sad to say the least. Mary Nakitende had to move out of her house when the water levels rose dangerously. She’s camping at her neighbor’s place at the moment. It’s a sad and terrible, life-threatening state of affairs.”
It’s the rainy season in Uganda. El Nino has made the rain much, much worse. In fact, this is the worst El Nino has hit Uganda in 20 years. I know they have been many times the excessive rain we’ve had in the USA has frustrated me. We have mud that tends to collect around our carport and it becomes frustrating. However, I’ve never thought, “At least the water isn’t in my house.” or “At least me and my children aren’t wading around in fecal matter INSIDE our home.” or “At least we don’t smell a terrible stench due to the water and sewage that has invaded our home.” Can you imagine the sewage inside of their homes? The smell they try to evade as they eat rice and beans? The fear of wondering if these unsanitary conditions are going to make us sick? Oh, this breaks my heart. Yet again, Jesus continues to convict me over and over and over again.
The pictures tell the story. Take the time to look and pray over each one.
A dirty drainage area near where Janet, Mary, Margaret, little Juliet and Annette Birungi and her little ones stay
A drainage by the roadside full of dirty water mixed with fecal matter.
Another dirty drainage in the area next to where Lydia stays
Demarcation between the bedroom and sitting room floor
Dirty water full of fecal matter that surrounds Janet’s house
Inspite of the awful stench, Juliet smiles for the camera
Janet bends down to scoop some of the dirty water that is mixed with sewage and waste from the nearby rubbish damp
Janet holds jerrican indicating the morning’s water levels-the dirty brown lines on the jerrican show the morning’s water levels
Janet reaches out to pour the dirty and smelly water out of her house.
Juliet rests for a while before scooping more water out of their house.
Little Juliet scoops more of the dirty and smelly water full of human excrement from under their bed.
Lydia ponders her next move
Lydia scoops out more water from her house.
Lydia scoops out water from her house.
Lydia scoops water from her house.
Lydia stands in the doorway of her house.
Margaret Wazemwa stands in her doorway.
Mary stands in her former bedroom which she was forced to vacate because of the floods.
Outside Lydia’s home
Rubbish damp adjacent to Janet’s house
Sometimes the water level rises to the mark on the white jerrican
What used to be Margaret Wazemwa’s bedroom submerged in filthy and smelly water
The dirty and smelly water that has submerged what used to be her bedroom making it uninhabitable
The dirty water drainage infront of Lydia’s house
The floor in her bedroom is relatively dry because the cement there was put there in the dry season
The floor of Lydia’s sitting room filled with water.
The marks of the gum boots on Janet’s legs, because she has worn the gum boots for a long time because of the consistent water flooding her and others’ houses.
The sanitation levels in the area leave a lot to be desired.
It will cost roughly $80-$100 to get each family into a new home. In Uganda the landlords require that four months’ rent be paid in advance. For those who struggle on $1.34 a day this task is insurmountable. We need five new homes. Jesus provides through His body. If you feel the Holy Spirit asking you to give to this cause, you can do so here http://www.margretsvoice.org/donate/