Kendall describes visits to schools in Uganda where Water to Thrive has worked on water projects, and the difference clean water makes in the lives of these children.

Today was our last full day of site visits – sad. But it was filled with more schools and dancing and super cute kiddos so it made it a great day to end on.

While at one of the schools, we met some of the sassiest, most energetic kids and were able to sing songs with them, play soccer with them, and give them lots of attention while Monica and Rob interviewed the headmaster and a few students. I had little kids clinging to every part of my arm because they all wanted to touch my skin and pull on my arm hair! It was quite the experience!

The water source for this school is several kilometers away and the kids have to cross a busy road in order to reach it, so having a well on campus would be beneficial in more ways than one. It would take away the risk of a child getting hit when crossing the street, provide them with a safe and reliable source, and allow kids to spend more time in the classroom instead of walking to collect water.

Our time in Uganda has repeatedly shown me how important water is to education. A safe water source gives the children here good health and the time they need to pursue an education. I believe these kids can change the world if they’re given the opportunity to – and a water source is where that starts.

Photos by Monica Walton and Kendall Prossner