A LITTLEHAMPTON man has spoken of his ‘life-changing’ humanitarian trip to one of the globe’s most impoverished and needy countries.
Adam Green, of Beaumont Park, has just returned from his adventure to help desperate communities in Uganda to improve their water supply.
The 28-year-old, who works within Southern Water’s customer services team, was on the trip for nine days, seeing first-hand the strides international development charity WaterAid has made to improve people’s quality of life, bringing clean drinking water and safe sanitation to the nation.
He said: “Before I went, I didn’t really know what to expect – I knew it would be tough to see people living in poverty but I didn’t realise how much it’d affect me.
“The hardest thing was seeing little kids drinking from a water supply which had been condemned as unsafe.
“They had no other choice and it was upsetting to know that it would potentially make them ill with diseases such as typhoid and cholera.
“The highlight for me was seeing the difference between people’s lives in a village where WaterAid have installed a water supply and one where they have yet to help.
“Clean, safe water is something we take for granted back home and the difference between the two villages was absolutely amazing.
“People with access to water seemed so much healthier and happier – the safe water not only supplied their needs, it also allowed them to keep more animals and grow better crops which they could then sell at the market to provide a better life for themselves generally.
“The trip has made me even more determined to keep supporting WaterAid and to raise more money and awareness for the charity. I have seen the difference clean water and sanitation makes to people’s lives and, despite all my work with WaterAid over the past few years, I never truly understood just how amazing that difference is until I saw it with my own eyes.”
Adam has co-ordinated Southern Water’s WaterAid Lottery scheme for the past four years and taken part in numerous fundraising events – helping raise thousands of pounds for the charity.
Read more about Adam’s adventure at adamuganda14.blogspot.com