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All's well that ends well


Educational work leads to effort to improve water supply at African school



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Sturbridge resident Peter Zukas, who with his wife, Lynn, runs Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, was among a group of friends and business owners from the area that traveled to Uganda recently to help install a new pump in a well that serves water to a girls’ school in the village. He is shown here with a local villager named Andrew. Judy Nielsen. (click for larger version)
February 21, 2010
We've all heard the expression, "It takes a village …"

Perhaps nowhere is that more evident than in under-developed countries, where all the modern amenities and technological conveniences many us take for granted are mere pipe dreams.

GPS? High-Def TV? Remote car starters?

For hundreds of young girls in the countries of Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya just being able to go to school is considered a luxury. Things like electricity and running water, necessities each of them, are never a guarantee in many of the villages there.

So when Judy and Carl Nielsen, joined by friends Peter and Lynn Zukas, who operate Zukas Hilltop Barn in Spencer, helped install a new well pump in a small village in Uganda last month, suffice it to say they were greeted with wide smiles and high praise.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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