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Clean Water for Ahakitoogo Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 417 people (85 families)

Project funded

This water project was generously sponsored by

“We cannot prosper for as long as the water situation remains the same as it is now.” - Grandmother Lydia

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Life in Ahakitoogo: Lydia’s Story

The day the baby was abandoned at her home, Grandmother Lydia lifted him into her arms with no second thoughts. Even as a dozen small children already under her care ran around the home and clung to her legs, she smiled holding baby David.

In Ahakitoogo village, Lydia is many things to many people. She is a mother, grandmother, pastor, and farmer. Her husband passed years ago, and she has since made it her life’s mission to love and care for others.

With 12 children of her own (some grown and moved away), grandchildren, and many others under her care, her daily duties begin at 5 a.m. David, now 8 months old, was given to her after his mother died during childbirth.

With so many children, the family needs 10 containers of water a day, each weighing over five gallons. Drawing water from the pond takes away from valuable time that Lydia could be working in the garden, and the children who accompany her are usually late to school.

“We lose a lot of productive time at the pond,” she said. “Children keep falling sick and needing treatment which sinks us further into debt. We cannot prosper for as long as the water situation remains the same as it is now.”

In Ahakitoogo village, it’s common for children to drop out of school because their parents cannot pay their school fees.

Lydia’s daughter, Doreen, 10, recently received treatment for typhoid. She dreams of becoming a nurse.

“The cost of treating her would have been enough to clear her tuition, but now we are less hopeful about her finishing school,” her mother said.

You can help families in Ahakitoogo 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, Grandmother Lydia can send her children to school.

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 Ahakitoogo village today.

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March 18, 2019: Construction started

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

February 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Ahakitoogo 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.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Ahakitoogo 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.

October 22, 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:

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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 Ahakitoogo: Lydia’s Story

The day the baby was abandoned at her home, Grandmother Lydia lifted him into her arms with no second thoughts. Even as a dozen small children already under her care ran around the home and clung to her legs, she smiled holding baby David.

In Ahakitoogo village, Lydia is many things to many people. She is a mother, grandmother, pastor, and farmer. Her husband passed years ago, and she has since made it her life’s mission to love and care for others.

With 12 children of her own (some grown and moved away), grandchildren, and many others under her care, her daily duties begin at 5 a.m. David, now 8 months old, was given to her after his mother died during childbirth.

With so many children, the family needs 10 containers of water a day, each weighing over five gallons. Drawing water from the pond takes away from valuable time that Lydia could be working in the garden, and the children who accompany her are usually late to school.

“We lose a lot of productive time at the pond,” she said. “Children keep falling sick and needing treatment which sinks us further into debt. We cannot prosper for as long as the water situation remains the same as it is now.”

In Ahakitoogo village, it’s common for children to drop out of school because their parents cannot pay their school fees.

Lydia’s daughter, Doreen, 10, recently received treatment for typhoid. She dreams of becoming a nurse.

“The cost of treating her would have been enough to clear her tuition, but now we are less hopeful about her finishing school,” her mother said.

You can help families in Ahakitoogo 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, Grandmother Lydia can send her children to school.

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 Ahakitoogo village today.

Read More
March 18, 2019: Construction started

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

February 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Ahakitoogo 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.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Ahakitoogo 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.

October 22, 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:

  • 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

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Doreen

Nakacwa

Office Assistant

Peninah

Natukunda

Accounts Assistant

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Cashier

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Charles

Emegu

Junior WASH Technician

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Yesu

Afaayo

Accounts Assistant

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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David

Azoora

Area Program Manager

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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