New Castle News

Local News

August 17, 2013

Lawrence County Fair: Clean drinking water for Uganda goal of project

NEW CASTLE — The purchase of a necklace or shoulder bag at the fair is helping give an African village clean drinking water.

Richard Welch, regional director of the Ugandan Water Project, said the jewelry, purses and wood carvings he was selling this week at the organization’s booth at the Lawrence County Fair are made by Ugandan women. Proceeds help support their families and fund the water project.

Among the items available are sling bags, hair sticks, necklaces made of paper and coconut shell beads, bracelets, rings, earrings, carved masks and woven grass baskets. The organization also sells T-shirts advertising the project.

Launched in 2008 by Welch’s childhood friend, James Harrington of Rochester, N.Y., the organization already has funded more than 100 water projects, each serving about 400 people.

The concept is simple. The group gets an organization to pay $3,500 to sponsor purchase of a 2,500-gallon tank to collect rainwater from the roof of a church or orphanage or other large building in Uganda. They install it, using local materials and labor, and provide a clean drinking water supply for an estimated 30 years.

He said that while Ugandans who live in the national capital of Kampala have public water systems, rural Ugandans traditionally obtain water in several ways that invite contamination and disease.

Many use a natural spring that flows into a mudhole. Others obtain water through “boreholes,” which are drilled wells of varying effectiveness because of mechanical problems and groundwater pollution. Some Ugandans also get their water from rivers and lakes but have to boil it to make it safe for drinking. Using contaminated water causes disease and has other consequences such as medical costs and missed school days, according to the group’s website.

The organization, which so far has concentrated its fundraising efforts on western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, is eager to spread its message and find sponsors.

It has found churches, including Victory Christian Center in New Wilmington, schools, civic clubs and other organizations willing to sponsor a tank. Welch makes himself available as a speaker for schools or any other interested organizations.

Welch also makes trips twice a year to Uganda. He is a graduate of Grove City College and has an office at AOX Church in Grove City. He and his wife, Anna, have done mission work in Mozambique, Uganda, Cambodia and Thailand.

Those wanting more information or to schedule a speaker can email richard@UgandanWaterProject.com or call (724) 372-5734. The organization’s website is UgandanWaterProject.com.

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
  • Pride.tiff New Castle Schools: Second-grader recognized for reading 200 books

    Alexandra Browne of New Castle could very well be Lawrence County’s youngest bookworm. The petite, curly-haired 8-year-old was summoned to the New Castle school board meeting Monday with her parents, Rochelle and Ted Browne, to receive the district’s Pride and Promise award for April.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hilcorp a partner in vo-tech shale course

    A shale drilling company’s contribution to the vo-tech school will help fund a curriculum for careers in that field.

    April 19, 2014

  • 01.jpg Photo Gallery: Church’s tradition of Easter countdown continues

    Easter is keenly anticipated by Christians around the globe. But perhaps nowhere is its arrival more heralded than at Independent Methodist Church.

    April 18, 2014 11 Photos

  • Lawrence county receives state grant

    Lawrence County will receive state funding to update its comprehensive plan. The county will receive $47,000, in the form of a Municipal Assistance Grant, from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to state Sen. Elder J. Vogel.

    April 18, 2014

  • Mahoning Township sets spring cleanup

    Mahoning Township will have its spring cleanup the weeks of April 28 and May 5. Residents should place items at the curb the day before their scheduled collection. They should be neatly bagged or bundled.

    April 18, 2014

  • Vo-Skills.jpg VoTech team claims silver medal state honors

    The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center boasts a team of disciplined, well-spoken winners. The school’s SkillsUSA team, comprised of 21 students, stood against other schools from throughout Pennsylvania last week in Hershey.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Columbia Gas announces pipeline replacement work

    Columbia Gas has scheduled a pipeline replacement project for New Castle. Beginning this month, the company will replace approximately 2,800 feet of existing steel pipe along Eastbrook and Paper Mill roads and Cascade Street. The project is expected to be completed in July.

    April 17, 2014

  • ESB Financial reports earnings increase

    ESB Financial Corp., parent company of ESB Bank, has announced an increase in earnings for the quarter ended March 31.

    April 17, 2014

  • Author.tiff Arthur the author: Children’s writer/illustrator visits Neshannock Elementary

    A story about a grandmother and her granddaughter flying over a city grew from the vivid imagination of children’s author Arthur Dorros. “Abuela” also spurred the creativity of students at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School who had eagerly awaited a visit from Dorros yesterday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greer House changes name

    Greer House, a provider of assisted living services and care to seniors, has unveiled its new name. “We are thrilled about our new name — Clen-Moore Place,” said executive director Susan Leise, “because it better reflects our commitment to provide a vibrant environment where our residents thrive each and every day.

    April 16, 2014