Meet our partner PaCT!
Partners for Community Transformation (PaCT) is Water to Thrive’s implementing partner in Uganda.
They are a nonprofit that started in 1995 as Mityana Uganda Charity (MUC) but felt that the name didn’t reflect their work since they were working in seven districts, not just in Mityana.
PaCT focuses on education, healthcare (including water, maternal and infant and prevention of communicable diseases), human rights and economic empowerment.
PacT has been a W2T partner since 2016 after the Executive Director reached out to me asking for support in addressing the water issue in Uganda. I met with him and his staff while in Uganda visiting with another partner and was impressed with their work, professionalism and creativity. This year, PaCT is implementing 45 new wells.
“We are so grateful and happy and ask God to bless you so that you continue to bless more people.”
Being in Uganda as the rainy season begins has made visiting the water sites ….slippery, muddy and not without some laughs. Today was a near miss with a tree that jumped in front of the truck.
Four wheel drives are a must as we travel across streams, mud holes, ruts and cow trails. Our drivers deserve special recognition as they become our friends and share in our snacks and answer my many questions.
During our many visits today, I was struck most by the village who changed the name of the site that meant “I eat what I see,” meaning the water is dirty, but it is what they have to a new name that means, “blessing.”
When I drove past the old water source, which to me looked like a green, sludge, festering pool of filth, I couldn’t imagine an animal much less a human drinking from such a place.
It sounds so cliche, but I’m so humbled as we meet with the villages where a new well has been placed. The people gather, they sing and dance, they prepare speeches. They decorate around the well. Many times there is a ribbon cutting. I prefer scissors, but have used knives and a machete to inaugurate the well. Some have been asking when I’m coming. Gashaw, W2T, project manager is a familiar face at many of the well sites since he helps our implementing partners in the site selection and other technical issues. He has been preparing them for my visit. I’m honored and tell them that I represent the donors who’ve never met them, don’t know their names but have heard about their water crisis and their hearts are touched.
And to share what your gifts mean, a beneficiary at the well named Lukiribi stated, “We are grateful to God for people like you who have a giving heart. We are so grateful and happy and ask God to bless you so that you continue to bless more people.”
Tomorrow is another day in the field. I’m excited to be back in Africa witnessing the impact and transformation made possible by life giving water. ~ Susanne
About The Author: Susanne Wilson
Susanne holds a Master of Science degree in secondary education, an MBA from Auburn University, and a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She has been a leader in the non-profit sector since 2001, working with both post-secondary educational institutions and now serves as Executive Director of Water to Thrive.
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