HONEOYE FALLS -—The Ugandan Water Project came to The Festival on the Green in Honeoye Falls this weekend.
The Ugandan Water Project is a non profit humanitarian organization that works with sponsors in the U.S. to provide safe accessible drinking water to communities in Uganda.
James Harrington, Director of The Ugandan Water Project set up a booth at The Festival on the Green in Honeoye Falls to educate festival goers about the living conditions in Uganda and sell beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings as part of their second steps program to help generate the business income.
“We work throughout the northeast and we also partner with other nonprofits in the country to create rainwater systems in Uganda,” said Harrington.
The Ugandan Water Project travels around to local festivals like The Festival on the Green as a way of raising money to help communities in Uganda.
“At festivals we sometimes meet school teachers, and then come to the schools and do assemblies to help educate the students about the rainwater systems,” said Harrington.
The Ugandan Water Project travels to Uganda three times a year to oversee the logistics of the installations as well as work on the relational aspects of the project.
All of the proceeds from the festival goes to Uganda in two ways, the hands of the artists who make the crafts, and helping to fund new water projects.
All of the crafts are made by people who The Ugandan Water Project works with personally.
“Kids on the streets of Uganda are taught how to make these crafts by the artists so that they will have a skill,” said Harrington.
The Ugandan Water Project comes to The Festival on the Green every year.
According to Harrington, The Ugandan Water Project has worked closely with Honeoye Falls Lima School in particular with the school’s Green Team. As well as the local eye care facility which gives them old glasses so that they can provide glasses to people in need in Uganda.
“It all represents relationship connection for us,” said Harrington. “Its in the context of real relationships that things change in life.”