By Jolly Gwari and Agencies
President Yoweri Museveni has applauded the US-based Living Water International for setting a good example for others to follow by stepping out to help their Christian neighbors, an act, he said was Godly and walking in Jesus’ footsteps “According to the distribution of your efforts, you seem to be in the footsteps of Jesus because He guided us very clearly. We shall know them by their fruits, not what they say but what they do,” he said.
The President was last evening speaking at a dinner that he attended at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala to mark the opening of a two-day Genius of One Conference organized by Living Water International. The President thanked Living Water International for the good work of providing water to communities saying that what they were doing was pushing the core message of Jesus Christ, which was love.
Living Water International is headquartered in Texas, United States. It is a faith-based non-profit organization that helps communities in developing countries to create sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene programs in response to the global water crisis. President Museveni, who was guest of honor, showed gratitude to Living Water International in his speech for their efforts and described them as healthy living things that start small and later benefit the majority of the people.
“I am happy to be here with you and to encourage you on what you have achieved. All healthy living things start small but they grow because they have got internal health within and relevant to the people,” Mr. Museveni added.
He asked the people of Uganda and Africa in general to always share their strength such as culture, food, medicine, and social insurance, among others. He said cultural exchanges and sharing experiences will go a long way in creating a way of working together. He pledged his support to the organization.
Quoting the parable of the talents in Chapter 25 in the Gospel of St. Matthew, President Museveni urged Ugandans and Africans, in general, to fully exploit the talents and opportunities given to them by God adding that man was given dominion over nature which, he noted, they have failed to do resulting in floods, diseases and poverty. He, therefore, called on them to take charge of their environment and exploit their full potential.
Living Water International Uganda Country Director, Mr. Benie K. Mooya, saluted President Museveni celebrating the achievements with them. He said the organization has seen over 9,000 water points constructed all over Uganda.
Established in 1990 and currently operating in 21 countries, Living Water International has completed over 9000 water projects in Uganda that involved drilling new water wells, harvesting water, and rehabilitation of non-working wells, among others.