It was a long gruelling walk to the nearest water for Priscilla and hundreds more like her in rural Uganda. So they brought the water to her, with an ingenious new scheme.
Priscilla stands proudly beside the village tap as she poses for a photo. She looks after it for the village – one of 49 in the wider Nkamiro community. It brings clean water to the heart of the village (and many others) for the first time.
Delivering clean water to a remote mountainous region like theirs isn’t easy. This new water system is all thanks to a Gravity Flow Scheme – installed by the Ugandan Diocese of Kigezi, in partnership with Tearfund.
Gravity flow is a technique as old as the Romans, who used it to transport water by aqueduct.
Put simply: the team scout around to find a source of water so high up that it will consistently travel downwards to the communities in need of it. Gravity directs the water to strategically placed reservoirs and, in turn, to the taps.