On Friday, April 30, SGA President Jesse Flanagan and University President Dr. Craig Williford presented Hands of Hope a check for $19,083.67 from the Trinity student body to build wells with clean drinking water for Ugandan school children. The fundraiser was organized and conducted by undergrad students from TIU.
About Trinity’s Ugandan Well Initiative
from Trinity Magazine, Spring 2010 issue
During the fall semester, Trinity students took part in a number of events over three weeks to raise money for clean water in Uganda. TIU’s Uganda Well Initiative was an effort by a number of students to raise the $12,000 needed to dig a well in Ruhaama, a village in southwest Uganda, which can provide water for up to 10,000 people. In this rural area, many children spend substantial portions of their day transporting water from rivers miles away; this well, to be built at a school, will also open up education opportunities for these children.
The kickoff event on September 22 pitted students against Dr. Williford in a battle of the Water Wits; they answered questions about clean water to avoid being hit with water balloons. Subsequent events included: miniature golf throughout Rolfing Memorial Library with holes designed by students; a community barbeque fundraiser; lemonade stands at home football games; a game of “bigger and better” that ended with the sale of whatever teams brought back; and a FAT worship and prayer night dedicated to the cause.
The students raised $18,000 in three weeks; since they were already halfway toward funding another well, they continued to raise money through April, and raise a total of $19,083.67 to date. The initiative was a part of Schools for Schools: Uganda, a division of Hands of Hope in Barrington, Illinois.