Give Clean Water to Kakundwa Village

Clean Water for Kakundwa Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 303 people (60 families)

Project funded

This water project was generously sponsored by

“I will do everything to keep him in school.” - Mukakasaana, mother of four

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Life in Kakundwa: Mukakasaana’s Story

Mukakasaana has the gift of making people laugh. Her children inherited her sweet temperament, and they too seem to have a smile always ready to shine.

A passerby would not expect that Mukakasaana and her husband are always hard at work doing laborious jobs around the village or that their four children suffer from contaminated water.

The only water available to the poorest in Kakundwa village is a pond many miles away. Paying someone to gather water for her would cost her 27 cents per container, and she cannot afford it. Instead, she must walk for hours to a pond. It is contaminated and covered in algae.

Her son, Zindende, age 7, loves going to school, even proudly displaying his report card. It reads, “Zindende is a good boy in class and is hardworking.”

The contaminated water recently made Zindende ill, and he had to seek treatment at the local clinic. His family, unable to pay the cost, was treated on credit. Now, Mukakasaana and her husband are working even harder to pay it back and still afford rent and school fees.

“I will do everything to keep him in school,” his mother said.

Without safe water, the family will continue in this cycle.

“What we spend on medication and the time lost fetching water would be enough savings for us to rent a plot of land, farm, and save more to buy our own land and be self-sufficient,” she said.

You can help families in Kakundwa village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. With clean water, Zindende and his siblings can go to school and pursue their dreams.

Here’s what happens when you sponsor a village water project through Lifewater:

Partner with a village. Your gift kickstarts a community water project.
Teach healthy habits. Small changes make a big impact on family health.
Build a well. The village contributes up to 15% for construction.
Measure impact. Local staff track success and provide support.
Engage the church. We equip local churches to love their community.

Sponsor Kakundwa village today.

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August 7, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Kakundwa. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

August 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Kakundwa has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

June 25, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

May 28, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

May 15, 2019: Village Certified ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

April 10, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Kakundwa has selected water committee members to manage the new village water source.

Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

March 08, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

November 05, 2018: CLTS Complete

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

September 2018: Project Ready
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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Latest Project News

Life in Kakundwa: Mukakasaana’s Story

Mukakasaana has the gift of making people laugh. Her children inherited her sweet temperament, and they too seem to have a smile always ready to shine.

A passerby would not expect that Mukakasaana and her husband are always hard at work doing laborious jobs around the village or that their four children suffer from contaminated water.

The only water available to the poorest in Kakundwa village is a pond many miles away. Paying someone to gather water for her would cost her 27 cents per container, and she cannot afford it. Instead, she must walk for hours to a pond. It is contaminated and covered in algae.

Her son, Zindende, age 7, loves going to school, even proudly displaying his report card. It reads, “Zindende is a good boy in class and is hardworking.”

The contaminated water recently made Zindende ill, and he had to seek treatment at the local clinic. His family, unable to pay the cost, was treated on credit. Now, Mukakasaana and her husband are working even harder to pay it back and still afford rent and school fees.

“I will do everything to keep him in school,” his mother said.

Without safe water, the family will continue in this cycle.

“What we spend on medication and the time lost fetching water would be enough savings for us to rent a plot of land, farm, and save more to buy our own land and be self-sufficient,” she said.

You can help families in Kakundwa village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. With clean water, Zindende and his siblings can go to school and pursue their dreams.

Here’s what happens when you sponsor a village water project through Lifewater:

Partner with a village. Your gift kickstarts a community water project.
Teach healthy habits. Small changes make a big impact on family health.
Build a well. The village contributes up to 15% for construction.
Measure impact. Local staff track success and provide support.
Engage the church. We equip local churches to love their community.

Sponsor Kakundwa village today.

Read More
August 7, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Kakundwa. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

August 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Kakundwa has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

June 25, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

May 28, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

May 15, 2019: Village Certified ODF

When each household builds and uses their own functioning restroom, a community earns an “Open Defecation Free” (ODF) certification. Each country has their own processes and celebration for ODF villages, and it’s a huge accomplishment towards improved health for everyone.

April 10, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Kakundwa has selected water committee members to manage the new village water source.

Forming a water committee is a key step toward establishing a safe water source in a village. Committees are made up of local men and women who manage the well and collect fees, ensuring the community’s investment lasts for generations to come.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

March 08, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! A home is certified healthy when a family has adopted five healthy habits: washing hands with soap and water, storing and using water safely, building and using a bathroom with a roof and door, using a drying rack to keep dishes off the ground, and keeping the area around the home safe and clean.

November 05, 2018: CLTS Complete

In Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), each village goes through exercises that reveal how their current practices are making them sick, such as identifying all the places where feces are contaminating their environment. This important step equips communities to be knowledgeable about their health and willing to make changes.

September 2018: Project Ready
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water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Meet the Team

Lifewater field staff walk alongside each family in all our program regions with persistence, humility, and courage.

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

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Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs and are based on the population size of the village. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need in the same program region.

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