Southern Water’s Adam Green has returned from a life-changing trip to Uganda to see first-hand the work done there by international development charity WaterAid.
Adam, 28, from Littlehampton, works in a team leading improvements in customer services at Southern Water.
A former Durrington High School pupil, he has co-ordinated the company’s WaterAid Lottery scheme for the past four years helped raise thousands of pounds for the charity through numerous fundraising events.
Adam joined a group of other representatives from the water industry on the trip, from November 15-23, to see for himself some of WaterAid’s projects to bring clean drinking water and safe sanitation to Uganda.
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 would 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.”
Read more about Adam’s adventure on his blog at adamuganda14.blogspot.com.