Fields of Life

Fields of Life is an interdenominational, cross-community development charity. It is their vision to see real change occur in the lives of whole communities in East Africa through holistic and sustainable development which empowers people living in extreme poverty and helps them to help themselves, restoring their dignity and providing hope for their future. They are committed to collaborating with local communities in East Africa to bring about positive change through the provisions of quality education, clean water, health promotion and other community based initiatives. To date, Fields of Life have constructed over 104 primary schools and secondary schools with 80,000 children receiving an education as a result. There are also over 3,000 of the most vulnerable children sponsored through their education. The charity has also drilled over 220 borehole wells providing over 250,000 people in the process with safe, clean drinking water as well as working with around 3,000 families on income generating projects such as agriculture and tailoring.

Fields of Life applied to the Foundation to cover the costs of providing three bore hole wells in Northern Uganda. Each well should provide clean water to approximately 1,000 local people in rural, isolated Northern Uganda. Fields of Life team work with local communities to identify suitable locations along with the hydro-geologist and Water Project Manager. Committees are formed to oversee the well to ensure hygienic practices are upheld and to ensure a true sense of local ownership.

A grant of £6,600 was awarded to provide 2 Water Drilling Projects.

The first well funded by Halifax Foundation was for the Bartoke Community and the well was completed by April 2013. It was the 278th well to be drilled by Fields of Life. The Bartoke community is located in Alaka sub county of Oyam District. Prior to the drilling of the well, members of this community had to collect water from a shallow well 1.5km away. This was a valley were animal and human waste collected when it rained and therefore exposed the water to many pathogens. There were many lives put at risk of suffering from water borne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, diarrhoea and bilharzia. The Bartoke well will provide fresh clean water for 280 households with an average of 9 members per household.

The second community that benefitted from a well was the Opore Community. The Opore well was completed on 29th June 2013 and is located within the Ogor sub county in Amuria District. Prior to the drilling of the well, the villagers were forced to gather water from a pond, which was shared with animals. It was located 500m away from the village. This well provides clean water for 62 households.

Water committees were set up in both committees to ensure the wells are maintained and to report back to Fields of Life any issues. The communities were also responsible for clearing the site once the hydro-geological surveys were carried out.


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