Bubali Kidada

442 people

Project Completed

April 21, 2021

“Without waterborne diseases, I have a glimpse of what is possible.” - Akwatulira

Bubali Kidada, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 0.4267, 33.5276
  • Story
  • Plan
  • FAQ's

Clean Water, New Life: Akwatulira’s Story

July 2021

 

Akwatulira stands in her garden, surveying with pride the healthy rows of maize, cassava, and other crops.

A few years ago, it would have been a different story. Akwatulira used to have to walk great distances to find water for her garden. This meant that the amount of water and time she had to give her garden was scarce. 

The garden struggled just like Akwatulira and her family, never producing as much as it could have.

But now, things have changed. The village of Bubali Kidaga has received a borehole that yields safe, abundant water. With this water, everyone has been able to thrive.

“At first my dream was just to survive and be healthy,” said Akwatulira with a growing smile. “But things have changed now. We now enjoy very good health.” 

Akwatulira’s three children used to miss school frequently, when they grew ill with the bouts of waterborne disease from the old spring. But now they can focus on their studies and Akwatulira and her husband can focus on the future.

“We have worked more than ever before and are expecting a good harvest,” Akwatulira said. “This will make it easier for us to afford our children’s education so they can become responsible and productive citizens.”

One of Akwatulira’s plans is to open a retail shop, now that she has more time and energy.

“Without the waterborne diseases that used to claim a lion’s share of our income, I have a glimpse of what is possible,” declared Akwatulira eagerly. 

The whole community of Bubali Kidaga shares this newfound joy for the future. 

“I must confess my excitement and gratitude for the safe water that has resurrected my dreams,” Akwatulira said. “I will start this shop by the end of the year. It is possible now.”

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Akwatulira’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story today. Support a village water project today, and follow along to see your impact.

 

Life in Bubali Kidada: Justine’s Story

March 2019

 

Many decades ago, the government of Uganda constructed a spring system to get water to the rural community of Bubali Kidada village. Today, the spring stands as a symbol of “Kidada,” a word, and the village name, that means “suffering.”

The spring dries up often, leaving long lines of community members banging on its pipes for any water that may trickle out to fill their cups. A pond many miles away becomes their only option.

Justine and Richard raised their twelve children in Bubali Kidada village and are now helping to care for their grandchildren. On average, Justine gathers water three times a day, going first to the old spring and then later to the pond.

Justine is a midwife in Bubali Kidada village.

“You will never understand how critical it is to have safe water until you do what I do,” Justine said. “Providing water would rescue many and save newborns.”

For expectant mothers, getting access to safe water or any water at all is the difference between life and death.

Justine has a calming presence. She is soft spoken, and it’s difficult to imagine that she ever become angry or upset. But for her, the water problem draws up emotion.

“Whenever someone falls sick, a child misses school even if it’s not the child who’s sick because of costs associated with it,” Justine said. “Many children must give up on an education; that is not just costly to individual families but to the community as a whole.”

“A well would be a blessing,” she added.

One of Justine’s sons, Vincent, wants to be an electrician, so he hopes to still be able to finish school. With saved income, his family can help him get there.

“Although we are yet to get a well, the fact that you are here talking to us means everything,” Justine said.

You can help Justine’s family and others in Bubali Kidada village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Bubali Kidada village today.

Bubali Kidada is in a very remote region of Uganda

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Bubali Kidada:

Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Story

Clean Water, New Life: Akwatulira’s Story

July 2021

 

Akwatulira stands in her garden, surveying with pride the healthy rows of maize, cassava, and other crops.

A few years ago, it would have been a different story. Akwatulira used to have to walk great distances to find water for her garden. This meant that the amount of water and time she had to give her garden was scarce. 

The garden struggled just like Akwatulira and her family, never producing as much as it could have.

But now, things have changed. The village of Bubali Kidaga has received a borehole that yields safe, abundant water. With this water, everyone has been able to thrive.

“At first my dream was just to survive and be healthy,” said Akwatulira with a growing smile. “But things have changed now. We now enjoy very good health.” 

Akwatulira’s three children used to miss school frequently, when they grew ill with the bouts of waterborne disease from the old spring. But now they can focus on their studies and Akwatulira and her husband can focus on the future.

“We have worked more than ever before and are expecting a good harvest,” Akwatulira said. “This will make it easier for us to afford our children’s education so they can become responsible and productive citizens.”

One of Akwatulira’s plans is to open a retail shop, now that she has more time and energy.

“Without the waterborne diseases that used to claim a lion’s share of our income, I have a glimpse of what is possible,” declared Akwatulira eagerly. 

The whole community of Bubali Kidaga shares this newfound joy for the future. 

“I must confess my excitement and gratitude for the safe water that has resurrected my dreams,” Akwatulira said. “I will start this shop by the end of the year. It is possible now.”

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Akwatulira’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story today. Support a village water project today, and follow along to see your impact.

 

Life in Bubali Kidada: Justine’s Story

March 2019

 

Many decades ago, the government of Uganda constructed a spring system to get water to the rural community of Bubali Kidada village. Today, the spring stands as a symbol of “Kidada,” a word, and the village name, that means “suffering.”

The spring dries up often, leaving long lines of community members banging on its pipes for any water that may trickle out to fill their cups. A pond many miles away becomes their only option.

Justine and Richard raised their twelve children in Bubali Kidada village and are now helping to care for their grandchildren. On average, Justine gathers water three times a day, going first to the old spring and then later to the pond.

Justine is a midwife in Bubali Kidada village.

“You will never understand how critical it is to have safe water until you do what I do,” Justine said. “Providing water would rescue many and save newborns.”

For expectant mothers, getting access to safe water or any water at all is the difference between life and death.

Justine has a calming presence. She is soft spoken, and it’s difficult to imagine that she ever become angry or upset. But for her, the water problem draws up emotion.

“Whenever someone falls sick, a child misses school even if it’s not the child who’s sick because of costs associated with it,” Justine said. “Many children must give up on an education; that is not just costly to individual families but to the community as a whole.”

“A well would be a blessing,” she added.

One of Justine’s sons, Vincent, wants to be an electrician, so he hopes to still be able to finish school. With saved income, his family can help him get there.

“Although we are yet to get a well, the fact that you are here talking to us means everything,” Justine said.

You can help Justine’s family and others in Bubali Kidada village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Bubali Kidada village today.

Plan

Bubali Kidada is in a very remote region of Uganda

View Interactive Map

This village is on its way to becoming a Healthy Village. The process takes approximately 24 months from start to finish. You can follow along with the progress below.

Here’s the Plan for Bubali Kidada:

FAQ's

Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.

Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. 

Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Your gift reflects your trust in Lifewater International. We commit to honor your generosity by using your gift to help further the mission and vision of Lifewater International. Your donation is used by Lifewater International according to the project objectives to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation and hygiene within the specified program area. Lifewater International is a charitable organization as described in 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, registered in the United States. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Donations are non-refundable. Lifewater International will honor a donor’s request for any pre-approved program or project whenever possible. In rare occasions where this is not possible, gifts will be used where needed, in accordance with the organization’s charitable purpose. In accordance with this policy, donor’s explicitly release Lifewater International from further restriction on such funds.