Milford couple’s Uganda water project goes solar

Children collect water at one of several pumps in Nganiko, Uganda.

Children collect water at one of several pumps in Nganiko, Uganda.

MILFORD >> A city couple’s nonprofit that brings water to villages in East Africa has completed its sixth project in Uganda and has begun another.

“The joy on the faces and in the hearts of the villagers, especially the children, fuels our passion for this work,” said Jane Holler, president of the organization, Uganda Farmers Inc.

The completed project, which uses solar power, aids Nganiko, a rural village in western Uganda, according to a press release from the nonprofit.

The solar pump was installed, instead of a hand pump, to expand the water supply to more communities.

“The water yield was found to be of a much higher capacity than the production by a hand pump,” the press release said.

The organization was founded in 2006 by Holler and Dan Marecki, husband and wife.

“My husband and I travel to East Africa each year to check on the water projects and to meet with engineers and the drilling company that we use,” Holler said.

“We are always greeted by the people in the villages and we are overwhelmed by the outpouring of hospitality and appreciation,” she said.

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Holler said the work would not be possible without the support of their American donors and partners.

The last phase of the recent project started in December 2015 with a survey of the area, placement of water tanks and pipes. Funds were raised through such efforts as the Running Water for Africa 5K Run & Walk in October. Residents of the village dug the trenches where water pipes would be laid.

Draco LTD, an Italian drilling company, installed a solar pump with 26 panels as its source of power, each panel producing 100 watts.

“In a day, the solar pump can produce over 43,040 liters of water,” the release says.

The water project benefits more than 2,000 local people, including an elementary school with 400 students and a medical clinic, the release said. The organization’s newest water project is in Kichwamba, Uganda. It will benefit about 2,500 people, including more than 1,000 students in two schools, as well as a medical center.

Fundraising will include the seventh annual Running Water for Africa 5K Run & Walk on Oct. 14.

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Donations may also be mailed to Uganda Farmers Inc., c/o Jane Holler, president, Holler & Marecki, LLC, 31 Cherry St., Suite 109, Milford 06460.