Support needed for race that benefits Uganda

Uganda Farmers, Inc. is seeking community support for the third annual 5K run and walk fundraiser in September. The nonprofit brings water to remote villages in East Africa.

“We want to raise awareness and money to continue to provide the rural areas with the precious gift of clean water,” co-founder Dan Marecki said.

So far, thousands of people in three Uganda villages have benefited. The organization has targeted a fourth village to assist. It pays to have wells drilled, pipes laid, surveys done and solar-pumping systems installed.

The residents dig trenches for the pipes that distribute water throughout the villages.

“Water that’s fetched from streams must be boiled before drinking,” Marecki said. “Water that’s not boiled is life-threatening.”

Previously, the villagers had to walk several miles, twice a day, to fetch water.

Uganda Farmers was founded in 2006 by Marecki and Jane Holler, a local husband and wife. The organization has previously sponsored several agricultural projects, including providing goats, pineapple and coffee seedlings, along with micro-financing to start small businesses.

The event is set for Sept. 21 at Foran High School. Sponsors and participants are needed.

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