Happiness in Nsenga
Options. They are one of the characteristics that separate a developed nation from an undeveloped nation. It seems to me that one of the biggest options citizens of Uganda have is education. The option is limited by access to school fees, but choosing to participate in educational opportunity and choosing the quality of school is full of options. There are far too many children who spend their days looking after cattle, fetching water, and wishing each evaporating day that they could take advantage of the school option. Unfortunately, the education system depends on rote memorization of information and seems to be grossly deficient in helping students solve problems, motivate creativity, and stimulate innovations ... elements of a developed nation that help it prosper and provide exponential options. One of the consequences is a very limited work force. Jobs are VERY hard to find and there are few who emerge from the educational system who are job creators.
Water 4 Foundation and transported from Oklahoma City to Jinja in our baggage last month. Included were four pumps that were developed specifically with Third World Nations in mind. Sue Morgan of Mission Direct and Sunday Agustus, a Ugandan national, came to Jinja from Western Uganda to train these men in a new technology of water well drilling and pump installation. Over the past two years, Sunday had successfully drilled 18 water wells and brought happiness to each location of the wells. Now he and Sue were here to provide training for 14 unemployed men who would have the option to join the work force.
|Current water source in Nsenge|
|Our trainer Sunday|
|The students with the finished product|