Christine Moyes considers TDT’s remarkable progress in a time of pandemic
‘Come, all you who are thirsty…’ Isaiah 55:1
How easy is our access to clean water? We just use a tap and unlimited supplies of clean water appears. We don’t even think about it until, for some reason, this stops.
At TDT, when we visit Uganda we realise how much we take this for granted. We see the time and effort people of all ages spend on collecting water for their daily needs. We see jerry cans of varying sizes lined up, so even the smallest child can play their part, and we also see the joy on people’s faces when a new clean water facility is opened. Not only does this support the health of the communities, but it also brings with it an opportunity to open minds to Jesus and His love. “Why would strangers from another part of the world give this amazing gift at no cost to us?” is a question often asked.
Every year, our partners in the Ugandan churches submit a list of locations to be added to our Water Programme. David, our current chairman, co-ordinates this. David has a real passion for water and has developed skills to apply and secure grants on a match-funding basis from other charities in the UK, such as Wilmslow Wells.
The year of 2020 has been a huge challenge, but God is good. 22 water projects were completed, which comprised three boreholes, 16 wells, and three spring well protections. This result made it the best year yet! Who would have thought that this could be possible?
There are 45 projects planned for this year so far. Currently 13 of these are funded. We heard recently of someone who donated their refunded holiday deposit of £1,000 to the TDT Water Programme. How amazing that Covid-19 has brought new ways of fundraising!
We are so grateful to our faithful supporters, including all of you at St Saviour’s Church and the Bournemouth Deanery. Recently approved giving will help to fund this year’s programme by bringing planned water sources into reality. Thousands of people will then not only have access to clean water to drink, but also their health and hygiene will improve, which is vital in the time of a pandemic.
Do please keep TDT in your prayers as we work to move forward with all our projects of water, education, health and ministry. We pray for our partners and the challenges they face. We also pray that it will not be too long before we are able to visit Teso, Uganda again.