Africa Community Technical Service (ACTS) is working on up to three water projects at one time, often with smaller add-on water projects. Visiting the sites of a few of these has been a highlight of this trip. It is remarkable to me that once you find a source of water, and build one or more reservoirs to hold the water, it can then be made available to people all along the pipes and their tributaries. Instead of walking miles for grubby water, tapstands supply clean water along up to 50 or 60 kilometres of pipeline. The first visit we made was to the new reservoir at Nyakyera, being built by hand by the African team, while plans are being finalized for a second project to begin in January, and a third project is also underway. In the first photo Richard is drawing the map for the second project in the red soil, clarifying where additional pipes can be added to expand the supply to even more villages. Then you can see the inside of the new reservoir, built by hand inside bamboo mat "forms". The third photo shows a child filling her jerry can at an existing water source, all part of the same gravity flow system. And, of course, no matter where you go, there are always masses of children who gather round to see what you're up to (and to have their photo taken!)
I am a textile artist and quiltmaker, a teacher and a writer. I have been playing with fabric for over 30 years, the last 15 of which have been spent creating original work and teaching design-based classes. I have a deep connection with the women of Africa, and since 2007 have spent part of each year teaching sewing and quilting to women in Uganda.