Florence Nakumi lives by herself on top of one of the highest hills within her community in Uganda. Down in the valley is a piped spring Water Well that serves a population of more than 5,000 people in their village and surrounding communities. Growing older, Florence has become weak and can barely move as much as .75 a mile without making several stops.
Down the hill becomes a very steep slope that leads to the sole water well in her village. Unfortunately, it is very difficult for her to walk up and down this steep slope without fear of getting hurt.
She has been surviving on the little water that her neighbors are able to collect for her each time they travel to the well. In addition, this water given to her has barely been enough to help her do all of her daily chores. Like most of the seniors registered into the ROTOM Friendship Program, all have the most familiar story – desperate, lonely, and scared of not being able to care for themselves. Poverty, isolation, disease, and the loss of the seniors’ children in their village has become a burden to many of them.
Recently, Florence happily received a water tank system provided from our lovely ROTOM donors, and she is beyond happy! Now she will be able to harvest rain water from the top of her roof which provides enough water for her to use for months. She no longer has to beg her neighbors for additional water just to survive. Instead, she now has the ability to share the water generously with others!
Having this water tank means that Florence can use most of her time to do her house chores peacefully without worrying about the long trek to collect water! Watch the VIDEO to see how it has changed her life tremendously!
“Sometimes the children help me because it is difficult for me. This place is so hilly and steep, and I can’t manage the daily journeys. I have grown older and weak,” says Florence. Now with a tank installed at her home Florence has access to water right in the comfort of her home.