** This diary was uploaded in Finland.
Kiboga is 127 km far away from Kampala city northern west. Main industries are farming and living stock farming. I visited a kinder garden and a primary school this morning 7km far away from the town. The kinder garden was full of kids from the morning. Unfortunately this morning in the school, there was no teacher for them for some reason. If the teacher is not at the school, the kids have to wait him or her all day long without doing anything. Me and my friend who was previous teacher at the school played with the kids instead of the teacher this morning. They were so lively, difficulty and bad like usual kids in any places. I just felt annoying about putting there hands into my pockets in continuous not because stealing but because there was nothing to steal in my pockets. At the school, kids were laughing and fighting like usual. However on the road, when I saw the kids who were carrying water on their heads and hands. They did not smile and I could not smile at them. Just keep watching car passing by beside them and me. It was so insecure to kids passing by. When me and my friend went into the elementary school calling Massode supported by Child fun, they were so busy with preparing tomorrow African children festival. Some kids were practicing at sing at local songs. Some students were dancing for the events. The school was so lovely with happy songs by children. Then me and my friend looked into a borehole near the school. The borehole is water supply system from pumping water from ground water. Normally government and NGOs drill borehole near villages in the countryside but pumping systems are easily broken and not fixing after broken. The borehole was around 700m far away from the school. Luckily the distance was not far but it was on the very next the road. So many big and small cars were passing by the road at full speed. It looked so dangerous not only to kids even to adults. Kids are collecting water from these kinds of water supplies near home or schools. They are carrying water with hands or on their heads. Can you image that 10L water is a bit ok, but 20 L even both sides are not easy, but carrying water is their job at home. Water is not lack in the area. Systems and poor products are the main problem. Who can solve this problem? NGO? Government? designers? engineers? All can be, but efficiently and effectively.
I did not go Kiboga town with something special. The town is typical town like usual. It was very normal luckily my friend who worked for the child fun at the town, so that she took me there and introduced me the town and the school.
They were playing local drum for the tomorrow African children festival in the town.
I didn’t think that they loved jerrybag. They just wanted to play with me and take pictures by a camera. What is different? They are not sad, they are not poor. Just they are the same kids which I have met in Korea and Finland. Let’s do not judge them with our prejudices. Only basic systems for kids are very uncomfortable to use. We can solve the problem and have to.
At the school, interestingly there was a design and art class. They drew their ideal village and decorated their village with color papers in the class. Some kids showed off their design skill to me.
When I was a kid like them, Did I love taking a pictures? what did I like doing and playing at the ages? I don’t remember the time. Of course I could not be a adult from a birth.
Water facility at the school is not sustainable to maintain. Usually easily broken and empty. And inside the bottle was hard to clean off perfectly.
She is carrying 10 litter jerrycan with water. She folded left arm to keep the balance to walk well. Why are you smiling at to me? Don’t feel any burden? She took carrying water as her job I thought so. It was a bit sad from her smile.
Water supply called a borehole near the school. The area was kid’s playground. From my opinion, to make the area good to play for kids like Bruno’s concept which is making an amusement park for kids. This concept might be built around water supply. I think that it should be helpful to improve their sanitation with water.
Hey, why are you wearing such teared cloth? if NGO see you, they should think you are so poor and sad. It is a typical picture which western people and NGO want to take.
This is a jerrybag poster made from Kiboga. The main theme is ” we can, will and should.”