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Simply put, we run youth soccer camps in California and use the money we raise from the camps to fund clean water projects in rural Uganda. There are two main parts to our project, our impact in the southern California soccer community and our impact in rural Uganda.
Our project offers a one of a kind experience to the families and youth in the soccer community in southern California. At our camps, kids learn much more than soccer skills--they learn about the lives and struggles of Ugandans living in rural villages and how here in America, we have the power and obligation to make a difference. We teach them that they have the power\\ to make a difference no matter who they are. Through activities at camp such as a "walk for water" experience and discussion and "make a difference" Friday, we truly wish to empower and inspire our campers to take a stand against injustices such as world poverty.
As far as the impact in Uganda goes, clean water can do so much more for a community than simple handouts. When a filtration system is installed near a village in Uganda a few wonderful things occur. For one, women and children no longer have to walk as far for water--and the water they collect now is safe for cooking, cleaning, washing and drinking. In addition, we give the children medicine, which rids them of dangerous parasitic worms which cause painful infections and illnesses and often make education impossible for a child. In turn, more time is allotted for children to attend school and for parents to work--all improving families' standard of living.
Since our start in late 2010, we've held two camps and raised money for three water filtration systems. Each system serves 2,000 villagers for 10-15 years. As a system is installed, locals are a part of the entire process. They help chose where the system goes as well as who in the village will be in charge of its maintenance and upkeep.