Category: Community Outreach

Student-Led Program Supports Clean Water Access in Uganda

ChangeALife Uganda pic

ChangeALife Uganda
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As a general maintenance worker at Canyon Pass Provisions, Sam Chandler Rumson organizes merchandise shipments, assists with renovations, and maintains the store’s cleanliness. Outside his profession, Sam Chandler Rumson frequently volunteers for nonprofit organizations such as Change a Life Uganda, where he organized fundraisers for the Quarters for Water program.

In the dry areas of Uganda, the scarcity of water forces families to resort to often contaminated sources, leading to life-threatening diseases. Envisioned to combat this problem, the Quarters for Water program engages Ugandan students and their families to prioritize their own access to clean water. Under the program, students collect quarters to fund the construction of equipment such as wells, collection tanks, and filtration systems.

Launched by a group of New Jersey students in 2009, the program has since benefited from outside collaboration. Donations from Merck & Co., the Segal Foundation, various Rotary Clubs, as well as generous individuals have gone toward the project’s first phase, which involved drilling a well and building clean water infrastructure in Migyera town.

Buoyed by this initial success, Quarters for Water has now begun implementing the project’s second phase, which includes the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) initiative. This involves the installation of water collection tanks and filtration systems in the community, with the aim of improving overall living conditions. In addition, the WASH initiative engages teams of students to teach their families about good hygiene and trains women to make and sell their own sanitary products.

ChangeALife Uganda – Aiding Access to Better Education

ChangeALife Uganda pic

ChangeALife Uganda
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Sam Chandler of Rumson, New Jersey, graduated from Rumson Fair Haven High School as a member of the National Honor Society in 2016. He now attends the Blair Academy, a boarding school in Blairstown, New Jersey, where students can pursue a college preparatory education. Throughout his high school years, Sam Chandler participated in many charitable activities, including ChangeALife Uganda.

ChangeALife Uganda works to help orphaned and disadvantaged children in that country. The organization strives to improve the lives of children and their families through access to quality healthcare and education, along with programs to generate income. Their education programs are designed to increase attendance in schools by providing more well-trained teachers, safer sleeping arrangements, and free tuition for students who are in financial need.

Bucks For Beds is a program which helps children whose homes are distant from school to live in the dormitory. With their physical needs of food and shelter met in the dormitories, students are more able to focus on academics.