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Lifewater Elected as UWASNET Board of Directors Member, Uganda

Kampala, UG. (Sept. 13, 2018)— The Uganda Water Access Sanitation NGO Network (UWASNET) has elected Lifewater International to serve as one of nine members on their Board of Directors, honoring the nonprofit for their excellence in serving rural communities in Uganda.

As one of Uganda’s Civil Society Organizations, the network is dedicated to alleviating poverty and reaching Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the implementation of Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) initiatives.

To do so, they promote partnerships between WASH NGOs and increase the implementation of sector policy in the country.

Every three years, UWASNET meets to elect new board members, representatives of nine outstanding WASH organizations in the country, both international and national.

In total, 263 organizations gather in Uganda’s capital to collaborate on ways to end the global water and sanitation crisis and elect new Board Members to lead on many of these initiatives.

Lifewater’s Uganda Country Director Alex Mbaguta was at the elections to receive the honor.

“They admired our approach and the realistic transformation that we’re bringing about in communities and schools,” he said. “They see that our approach is being tested and proven, and it can achieve WASH results in a short period of time.”

As a member of the Board of Directors, Lifewater will participate in quarterly meetings, vote on key decisions that influence all the WASH NGOs in the country, and share their expertise in the form of advice and research conducted by the organizations 40+ years of nonprofit work.

Yunia Yiga Musaazi, UWASNET’s Executive Director, said, “We are happy and privileged to have Lifewater be part of our Board. The role of the Board is to provide an oversight and give guidance to UWASNET to maximize its impact in the [WASH] sector. I believe that based on Lifewater’s experience within the sector… it will contribute greatly to UWASNET.”

The Board of Directors membership is a key opportunity for Lifewater to promote their Vision of a Healthy Village strategy, a research-based, house-by-house model to create lasting community advancement.

Lifewater President/CEO Justin Narducci said, “At Lifewater, we are working every day to build a world where children thrive. The scourge of water-borne disease and unsafe water across the world, and Uganda in particular, is far more than any single organization can address on their own. We’re privileged to be an active member of UWASNET and hope to only contribute more to the cause through our increased involvement in the years to come.”

This excitement was further echoed by Lifewater’s Uganda Country Director.

“It was a great moment for Lifewater to be endorsed by all the sector NGOs in the country because it affirmed that Lifewater is on the ground and doing great work,” Mbaguta said. “I thank God that the organization’s reached such a level of recognition.”