2017 CFEBA Cornerstone Project Update: Akuyam Village Rejoices
In video above, a woman from Akuyam Village in Uganda says: "Energy Bar, thank you, please rescue us from suffering. We want water."
Through the generosity of our many sponsors and contributors, the CFEBA played crucial role in improving the quality of life for an entire village in Uganda, by awarding 2 grants to Innovation Africa, totaling $103,000.
CFEBA partnered with Innovation: Africa, an 501 (c)(3) non-profit, to provide life-changing solar water pump and drip irrigation technology to the Akuyam Village in Uganda.
Yaari and her team were on a humanitarian mission in Karamoja Uganda, when they unexpectedly ended up in the Akuyam Village, where an ongoing drought had created famine conditions on a scale they had not witnessed before. In February, while Innovation Africa’s team was there, 37 people died from starvation in one week. People had no choice but to eat leaves and mice to stay alive.
With your help, Innovation Africa is currently at work, drilling beneath the ground in the aquifer, installing a water tank, a solar pump, and using solar panels to pump water up to the tank. Immediately after the complete installation, clean water will flow through 10 taps of water in the village for the first time for the Akuyam Village, home to 4,600 people in the Karamoja region.
Currently, their only water source is seasonal river water and the average family fetches water 3-4 times/day. During the dry season, the wait time for water is 3 hours or more. Even when the water is available immediately, it is contaminated, causing many cases of diarrhea, cholera, skin irritations, cough, typhoid, and more.
Additional funds raised by the attendees of this years Power of Water fundraising gala, enabled Innovation Africa to provide funding for additional water taps for the village, as well as distribute food and seeds to the community to help alleviate the famine and hunger that has devastated Akuyam village.
Sivan Yaari, Founder & CEO of Innovation Africa writes to CFEBA donors: " I truly hope one day in the near future we can travel to Karamoja together to see first-hand how CFEBA has transformed their lives… I can't express enough my gratitude to you and EBA for your generous and life-changing contribution.”
Photo above and below are of the Akuyam Village, after receiving news of the water tap funding, as well as being brought food and seed, thanks to CFEBA. They were singing and dancing and so incredibly grateful! We will continue to update you on the status of this critical project. Stay tuned for more!
By partnering directly with communities in the installation and maintenance of innovative technology used by Innovation Africa, they increase the capacity of these communities to not just survive, but to thrive. Data demonstrates that, in over 100 villages in seven countries: economic opportunities abound; education levels increase; malnutrition and water-borne diseases are significantly reduced if not wiped out; villages have the infrastructure to support advanced technology in classrooms and clinics; and entire villages are strengthened as residents' quality of life improves, particularly for women and children who no longer need to spend their days searching for water. Since the founding of iA in 2008, they have provided nearly 1 million people living in regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change with the means to combat it, and we have strong evidence to show that it is not only lifesaving, but cost effective and fully sustainable.