Help us raise money to replace the existing toilets at the Lukome Center with more sanitary ones.
They Flush Because They Can
Hi, we are Leah and Abby and we are 11 and 8. We started this fundraiser 2 years ago with the goal of raising enough money for a new well, health clinic, and counseling building at the Lukome Center in northern Uganda.
First and foremost, we would like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who have supported our project. We went back to the Lukome Center in May 2021 and were thrilled to see that the new well is drilled and working and the office building that will house the health clinic and counseling office is almost done. We were also able to fund a septic system, a solar pump system to operate the well, and drainage so that the farm does not flood and the ground does not get incredibly muddy when it rains.
The addition of the well has also allowed for an upgraded kitchen. What used to be an area with dirt floor, two charcoal stoves, and a table all fully exposed to the elements now has walls, a concrete floor, a counter, and best of all a sink with running water. It is beautiful, and the staff and students are thrilled! What we did not know when we started this project is that the addition of the office building will free up several huts and will allow for 12 more students to join the program! :) The words of Desmond Tutu ring true. We all did a little bit of good where we were right here in the U.S., and our collective bits of good have for sure changed the lives of those at the Lukome Center. WE CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!!!!!!
But we are not finshed yet!. When we visited the Center, we realized that the addition of the septic system will allow them to put in flushing toilets. For the past 15 years, the staff and the students have used composting toilets. Those are a great adventure when you are camping for a night or two but are smelly and generally gross to use every day in a place where temperatures often reach 100 degrees. Can you imagine? We can because we used them, and it is no fun.
We have an audacious goal of increasing our fundraising target to a total of $75,000 dollars to replace all the existing toilets with more sanitary ones. That way we will be able to further our mission for clean, plentiful water and better physical and mental health for the students all around. The motto is “They Flush Because They Can”. Will you join us? No amount is too small.
P.S. Note from Mike and Sandy, Leah and Abby’s parents. If you would like more information about ChildVoice and their programs and to read more detailed accounts about the girls at the Lukome Center please go to www.childvoice.org
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