Our #1 Priority: Clean Water
Fr. Julius conducted a Needs Assessment survey of each community in his parish. Clean, safe water was identified as the number one priority. The lack of clean water in his parishes results in disease and constitutes an enormous drain on human resources due to the immense amount of time devoted to carrying water by hand. In order to address this critical issue the Julius Foundation is currently working with the Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB) program at Carroll College in Helena, MT.
EWB is a national organization that coordinates student chapters in various colleges and universities to create teams of students who travel with faculty and professional mentors to help communities in impoverished countries design and implement practical solutions for their fundamental needs. The EWB team at Carroll is exploring possible collaboration with larger organizations such as Catholic Relief Services, the Desert Research Institute and Rotary International to leverage resources to carry out water projects for the area Fr. Julius serves near Kampala.
EWB has initiated a project to provide clean drinking for the 300 students at the Holy Trinity School and 350 residents in the surrounding rural village of Kawango. The EWB team traveled to Uganda in May, 2016 to assess needs and in May, 2017 to collaborate with villagers to decide on the best options for providing local water. The project requires 5 years to complete since the EWB team trains the local Water Board how to maintain the water system and follows up on the project to make sure it is sustainable.
On their trip to Uganda in January, 2018 the EWB team restored 3 existing shallow wells by replacing rusted galvanized steel pipes with PVC pipes and replacing broken hand pumps. The villagers now have a clean water source. The team also did site work for digging a deep well which will be near the Holy Trinity School. A storage tank and pump are the next development phase. This plan will provide a long term solution to Kawango’s water needs.
The Julius Foundation also partners with individuals. A retired Helena resident has replaced a pump in the Buyege Parish church, and plans to return to Uganda to pursue more water projects.
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Our #2 Priority: Education
Holy Trinity School
Father Julius views education as “the key to emancipate our communities to sustainable development”. Through generous donations to The Julius Foundation, a classroom addition and computer lab was recently added to the existing Holy Trinity School in the rural village of Kawango near Kampala. The school has an enrollment of 300 at this time with enrollment demand increasing. This is also where the clean water project is being developed by TJF and the Carroll College Engineers Without Borders team. The Helena Montana Rotary Club is working with the Kampala Rotary Club to provide computers for the newly completed computer lab.
Fr. Julius and the other Holy Trinity School Board members have identified the following school related needs:
- Furnishing the interior of the school and computer lab
- Improving existing student dormitories and adding more
- Sponsorship of individual student’s annual tuition and uniform
- School supplies
- Desks, benches
- Teacher housing
- Permanent kitchen
- Expansion of bathroom facilities
- Solar or electric power source
- Teacher salaries
- Building a library and additional classrooms
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The Julius Foundation and our partners will continue to seek funding to address other important projects that Father Julius is tackling, such as:
- Development of vocational school
- Building renovations
- Medical care facilities
- Health care programs
- Transportation improvements
- Food Security
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