Milford run/walk will help bring running water to 2 schools in Uganda

Children in Ugandan village are all smiles over the arrival of water.

Children in Ugandan village are all smiles over the arrival of water.

As time for one of their big fundraisers approaches, a local couple who lead the nonprofit Uganda Farmers Inc. are upping the urgency of providing water for Uganda, a drought-ravaged East African nation where famine threatens more than 1.6 million people, said UFI president Jane Holler.

UFI, which provides funds to dig water wells and has two projects ready to go, recently made their case to members of the West Haven Rotary Club and is also hoping for a great turnout at its eighth annual “Running for Water for Africa” 5K race and walk fundraiser.

The event, Oct. 13 at Walnut Beach, begins at 9 a.m.

The principal recipients of money raised through the run/walk will be a secondary school with 250 pupils, and a primary school with 2,000 students, including many who are physically challenged, a press release from the group states.

Neither school in the town of Fort Portal, Uganda, has running water available for drinking, cooking or washing and children spend hours each day fetching water from dirty streams.

UFI also hopes to bring water to the Iganga Babies Home, an orphanage in eastern Uganda.

“The joy on the faces and in the hearts of the villagers, especially the children, fuels our passion for this work,” Holler has said.

Holler and her husband, Dan Marecki, vice president of UFI, visit the area annually to check on water projects. The couple, both attorneys, co-founded the organization in 2006. Uganda Farmers, Inc. has sponsored more than six water projects in East Africa.

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

To participate in the race, become a sponsor, or schedule a presentation for an organization, contact Holler at or at 203-376-3283 or visit