Collins and Jessica Alinaitwe

Organization: Ugandan Water Project

Collins and Jessica met in the summer of 2008 in Kampala, Uganda. Both were working with street children, and met through mutual friends. Between 2008-2010, Collins and Jessica became friends with James and Christy- as UWP began to grow, they would connect with each team they brought, and had the opportunity to help explain and explore various aspects of working cross-culturally in Uganda.

Two years later, August 2010, Collins and Jessica were married in NY. They felt strongly that they needed to live in NY for the first year of their marriage, but that God would eventually lead them back to Uganda. In 2013 they felt God beginning to move their hearts to pursue a return to UG and as plans began to take shape we committed to joining UWP’s Uganda staff full time in 2014.

Collins fills the role of Project Manager for the Ugandan Water Project. He oversees the preparation, installation, and finalizing of every project. He manages a crew of 5-12 men who do the skilled work (plumbing, masonry, gutter hanging), and he is the liaison between the UWP office/staff and the recipient communities. Some days this looks like meetings in offices in Kampala with representatives of other organizations we partner with; sometimes it is troubleshooting mechanical issues with government officials in regards to broken pumps; sometimes it is completing financial reports or data collection surveys; sometimes it is carrying bricks to assist his crew install a rainwater system, or pulling pipes to repair a defunct well. He commits to living out every day his faith in Christ- not just through providing a practical service, but by doing so in a transparent, honest, humble manor, not bowing to the pressures of corruption and self-gain that are far too prevalent in Uganda.

Jessica is the Team Host for UWP. Our family lives on the UWP compound (consisting of 2 houses and a set of dorm rooms, which also houses the UWP Uganda Offices), and she oversees the maintenance of the property and is responsible for the compound staff (3 security guards and a housekeeper). She is also the main contact for any teams coordinated by UWP, or visitors/donors that are connected directly to UWP- arranging transport to/from the airport, all accommodations and meals while in UG, vehicles, drivers, site visits and communication. One of the greatest blessings of hosting groups who are interested in their work for various reasons is the opportunity they have to take the tangible, practical, hopeful work of bringing clean water to communities and share the underlying passion and reason that their family is dedicated to this work- their Hope in Jesus Christ, and the true, everlasting life that He alone can give.

Collins and Jessica have 3 children that they absolutely delight in: Corbin (1st grade), Caleb (kindergarten), and Namara Grace. They homeschool their children, and the children have the opportunity to be directly involved in the work part of their lives regularly.

About the Ugandan Water Project
The Ugandan Water Project works to provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene resources to communities in Uganda. You can make an immediate, cost-effective, and tangible difference as we work together to implement relational solutions that empower Ugandans to live the lives they were created for.

Clem Ferris