This year the dry season hit northern Uganda so hard that life became difficult from December 2006 to mid-April 2007. All trees and other plants withered and lost their green colour. The ground became bare. The heat was unbearable, coupled with strong dry winds blowing endlessly, day and night, carrying with it a lot of dust into the houses. We needed a lot of water to maintain cleanliness in offices and family houses. But to make matters worse, water became scarce when most of the water sources dried up. Luckily, we remained with only one water source: the manual borehole. It became our only saviour and the most valuable asset in the village. It provided all the water for cooking, bathing, washing, drinking and cleaning purposes. Not only did it supply water to the SOS population of over 120 people, but also to the community in the neighbourhood although its water yield was insufficient. It would take over 10 minutes to fill a twenty-litre container.
On Friday, 13 April 2007, at about 5.00pm, (unlucky for some, but not us) everybody was extremely happy when the weather changed unexpectedly and it rained heavily up to the following day, which indicated the onset of the rain season. Now life has changed for the better. The vegetation is green everywhere and people are busy preparing their land for planting.