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Irvine-based Wells of Life helps fight COVID-19 in Uganda

By Ann Frances –

A Ugandan woman is overwhelmed by the delivery of bar soap for her family. / Photo: Courtesy, Wells of Life

The nonprofit is given “first responder” status in the country’s efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Hand washing is said to be the best defense against the coronavirus, but doing so with no soap is not as effective, according to health experts. In impoverished Uganda, soap is a rare find. Wells of Life, the Irvine-based nonprofit that has built more than 500 clean water wells in Uganda, has donated 10,000 bars of soap to villagers to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wells of Life staff and volunteers coordinated the delivery of 10,000 bars of soap to hospitals, orphanages and senior care facilities in Uganda. / Photo: Courtesy, Wells of Life

“Around the world, hand washing with soap and water is touted as the most important defense during the COVID-19 crisis, but this simple task is not easily accomplished in Uganda’s poorest communities,” said Adrian Laurentiu, Country Director, Wells of Life Uganda Operations.

Laurentiu coordinated the delivery of $4,000 worth of bar soap to Mityana Regional Hospital where it was then transported via motorcycle to urban hospitals, senior care facilities, orphanages and hospitals.

Wells of Life CEO Nick Jordan said, “Our swift action in mobilizing resources and putting soap and water in the hands of people who need it most, will come to define Wells of Life as a Christian organization providing support for the world’s most vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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