Candia resident Paula Chouinard, Lamprey River Elementary School health teacher, and wife of Mike Chouinard, Raymond Middle School Vice-Principal, left August 8 for a ten-day visit to Aber, Uganda, to meet with villagers and measure progress on the water well under construction with financing provided by members and friends of Raymond Baptist Church.
Chouinard will accompany a group of ambassadors from World Vision (www.worldvision.org), a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
Uganda is a country of 29.9 million located on the equator in East Africa. Only 60% of the population has access to clean water. Life Expectancy is just 52 years, and the average annual income is about $300 (U.S.). Uganda is 83.9% Christian and 12.1% Muslim. Worldwide, one billion people lack access to clean water, and every 15 seconds a child dies of a preventable water-related disease; 88% of all illnesses in the developing world are caused by lack of access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
To participate in the effort to send Paula to Uganda, contributions can be mailed to Raymond Baptist Church at 145 Route 27, PO Box 106, Raymond, NH 03077. (Please put "Send Paula to Africa" on the memo line.)
To follow Paula's journey and learn more about the participation of Raymond Baptist Church in this program see www.RaymondBaptistChurch.com.