WHO WE ARE
The Village Project trust:
We use the strength and skills of one village to help lift the quality of life in another village somewhere in the world. A model that was brought to life in New Zealand by a compassionate young Kiwi who saw a need.
It all started when Emily Parsons made her first trip to Uganda in 2008, a trip that would change her life forever. She was there to build a house for war effected children, which she did, but something else also happened, she witnessed how groups of people from around the world could physically lend a hand.
I saw first hand an incredible need in these communities, terrorized by war and decimated by HIV, whole communities torn apart and children left orphaned. Amongst all this I discovered Watoto, a child care ministry set up to rescue a child, raise a leader and rebuild a nation, restoring the lives and communities of these orphaned children. Their model totally inspired me, with its vision based around excellence, sustainability and hope I truly saw hope in the hopelessness
Over the past 8 years The Village Project has funded and built in Uganda a house, two classrooms and pioneered their own rain harvesting model, with 16 concrete water tanks collecting rain water for Ugandan communities. A team is heading up in June 2017 to see the Watoto village in Gulu fully self sufficient in water. This is a home to over 900 orphaned and former child soldiers.
While in New Zealand The Village Project has enrolled three different villages so far, Waiheke Island, Britomart and Titirangi
WHAT WE DO
Over the past 6 years we have developed a rain haversting model in Uganda.
This model uses the Stoneyridge’s concrete water tank model ( Stoneyridge construction formally known as Brett Mcdonald concrete products, A tank that has been developed over 30 years of manufacturing in New Zealand) partnered with local Ugandan tradesmen (through Watoto construction) and locally sourced materials. All working together seeing a rain harvesting solution that is Doable, Sustainable and Repeatable
Some of our Rain harvesting projects have been working for 5 years now and they are looking to stand the test of time in a climate like Uganda.
WHERE WE DO IT
Uganda , Africa.
We have been working with Watoto Construction in Uganda. They are the awesome local team who have been trained by us over the years. All skilled in masonry and construction.
We have completed projects in the Watoto Ssubi Village, Watoto Gulu Babies home and the Laminadera Village in Gulu, Uganda. Each Project we have worked with the same team to capacity build their skills so they can replicate this model where the need is.
Watoto construction has been empowered to build these tanks and have done so across other places in Uganda.