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Clean Water for Buhoya Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 187 people (38 families)

Project funded

“It is a nightmare to think that sending my underage daughters to fetch water may actually put them in harm’s way.” - Safoloza, widow and mother of eight

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Life in Buhoya: Safoloza’s Story

Safoloza remembers carrying her empty container to a neighboring well two miles from her home while she was suffering from water-related illness. She was weak and nauseous, but her children’s crying rang in her ears, urging her onward.

When she arrived at the well, she found a line of people, and she knew it would be hours until it was her turn. She begged them to let her fill just enough for her children, but they refused.

Safoloza’s children were desperately dehydrated. Determined, she walked another three miles to a swamp, filled her container with the contaminated water, and cried.

“I could have lost them from thirst that day,” she said.

Safoloza is a widow with eight children in Buhoya village, a community that must choose between waiting up to five hours in line at a nearby well or drawing water from a swamp.

Safoloza’s large family has cattle and a small farm, and they need to make 10 trips in a day to gather enough water. This means that someone is always gathering water.

“Having easily accessible safe water points would be more than a boost to us in terms of increased productivity,” she said. “I actually feel we would thrive in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine.”

The mother of eight fears that one day her daughters will be attacked while filling her container.

“It is a nightmare to think that sending my underage daughters to fetch water may actually put them in harm’s way,” she said.

She wants to send all of her children to school, but paying tuition becomes difficult when spending on medication and treatment of waterborne diseases.

“One of our major dreams is to have very educated family that will participate in the transformation phase of our community and society at large,” she added. “Our lives should mean something, and giving us more water points would be the greatest gift of all.”

Safoloza is a visionary. She is an entrepreneur, an advocate for safe water, and she is willing to rally her community to do what they need to do to get it.

“Bringing us water points that are convenient to reach and can be accessed any time of the day would be more than just an act of kindness but a blessing from above for which we shall forever be grateful,” she said.

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

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 Buhoya village today.

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September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

June 28, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Buhoya 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.

June 18, 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.

February 26, 2019: 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.

February 2019: Project Ready
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water project, you'll receive:

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Life in Buhoya: Safoloza’s Story

Safoloza remembers carrying her empty container to a neighboring well two miles from her home while she was suffering from water-related illness. She was weak and nauseous, but her children’s crying rang in her ears, urging her onward.

When she arrived at the well, she found a line of people, and she knew it would be hours until it was her turn. She begged them to let her fill just enough for her children, but they refused.

Safoloza’s children were desperately dehydrated. Determined, she walked another three miles to a swamp, filled her container with the contaminated water, and cried.

“I could have lost them from thirst that day,” she said.

Safoloza is a widow with eight children in Buhoya village, a community that must choose between waiting up to five hours in line at a nearby well or drawing water from a swamp.

Safoloza’s large family has cattle and a small farm, and they need to make 10 trips in a day to gather enough water. This means that someone is always gathering water.

“Having easily accessible safe water points would be more than a boost to us in terms of increased productivity,” she said. “I actually feel we would thrive in ways that you cannot even begin to imagine.”

The mother of eight fears that one day her daughters will be attacked while filling her container.

“It is a nightmare to think that sending my underage daughters to fetch water may actually put them in harm’s way,” she said.

She wants to send all of her children to school, but paying tuition becomes difficult when spending on medication and treatment of waterborne diseases.

“One of our major dreams is to have very educated family that will participate in the transformation phase of our community and society at large,” she added. “Our lives should mean something, and giving us more water points would be the greatest gift of all.”

Safoloza is a visionary. She is an entrepreneur, an advocate for safe water, and she is willing to rally her community to do what they need to do to get it.

“Bringing us water points that are convenient to reach and can be accessed any time of the day would be more than just an act of kindness but a blessing from above for which we shall forever be grateful,” she said.

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

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 Buhoya village today.

Read More
September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

June 28, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Buhoya 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.

June 18, 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.

February 26, 2019: 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.

February 2019: Project Ready
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  • Progress

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  • Completion

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Meet the Team

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

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. 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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