When Billy Steere and Honey Lindo decided to get married, they not only embarked on a new journey of marital bliss but also decided to use their wedding to carve out a new future for the people of a tiny village in Uganda.
How did they do it?
They asked their wedding guests for donations to build a freshwater well there instead of gifts!
The couple were inundated with donations, and have now been able to pay for a spring in Kahororo, a tiny village in Uganda’s Rukungiri district and by the time they tied the knot, they had managed to raise the GBP 1200 required to fund a fresh water well.
Billy, 46 and Honey, 40, came up with the idea back in 2016 while they were planning their wedding.As the couple already lived together and had children, they didn’t need any traditional wedding gifts, but the chance to do something for charity was too good to waste.
‘We started thinking about what else we could do instead of a gift list and I suggested doing something for charity,’ said payroll officer Honey.
No More Durty Water, a water campaign group founded by a friend of the couple was the charity of choice which works alongside the Bridge of Hope Children’s Ministry, and local surveyors and builders got to work making their dream come true.
Life has already gotten better for the 200 villagers who can now access fresh and clean water every day thanks to the efforts of Billy and Honey and children in the village can now concentrate on getting educated instead of spending time walking miles to collect a bucket of fresh water.
Every small step each individual takes helps us make this world a better place, what say?