Teen helps bring running water to village in BotswanaBy Jonathan Low
October 24, 2012
A talented teenager helped bring running water to a disabled community in a country more than 6,000 miles away.
Courtney Brick, 16, who was born in South Africa, raised more than £2,500 in just two months to help drill a borehole in Botswana as part of a school assignment.
The keen sportswoman, who has represented the South East in regional hockey and swimming championships, is competing for Great Britain in the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand.
Courtney, who attends Wellington College in Crowthorne, said: “I have a real passion for water, so when we were asked to do a project at college I wanted to do something linked to providing water for disabled people in Botswana.
“I had seen some of these people have to walk miles to collect water, which is a very scarce resource in a desperately dry country.
“I also have a love of water sports, so I settled on a water-related project that would help in some way.”
Courtney, who moved to England when she was eight and now lives in Little Fryth, Finchampstead, Wokingham, regularly goes back to Africa to visit her grandfather in Botswana.
She organised the drilling of a borehole as part of the Poverty Eradication Initiative, which aims to provide water to a disabled community in the small village of Ramotswa, near the country’s capital Gaborone.
Courtney started fundraising in June and collected £2,700 by early August.
She visited Botswana to witness the drilling of the borehole in August, which was attended by the Minister of Presidential Affairs and the chief of the Ramotswa tribe.
Courtney said: “There was a big, opening ceremony and all the locals were really excited.
“The borehole is over an area of about five hectares and there are three water tanks and a vegetable patch.
“It’s been amazing, I had no idea it would happen so quickly.
“I would love to help to continue working with it – I really enjoy it.”
Visit www.charitygiving.co.uk/courtneybrick to donate.