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The Gift of Life: Drilling Water Wells in Uganda

 

Up to 30% of Sub-Sahrahan Africa still does not have access to sources of clean water. The child mortality rate is around 20%, and 1 out of every 5 children who die before the age of 5 die because of a water-related illness. Ugandan Gold Coffee is a non-profit organization that seeks to change those statistics by using a econimcally responsible model to help drill water wells in rural Uganda.

Ugandan Gold owns a coffee farm in the north-western regions of Uganda. The coffee beans grown there are tended to and harvested by local workers, and then shipped to the United States to be sold. Using the profits from the sales of their coffee, Ugandan Gold pays its workers a steady and economically responsible wage, drills water wells, and provides healthcare and other services for the people in the region. In the summer of 2014 I travelled to Uganda to document the farm and the drilling processes.