Give Clean Water to Bukabya Village

Clean Water for Bukabya Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 360 people (46 families)

Project funded

“The path to the swamp is dangerous.” - Ngobi, father of five

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Life in Bukabya: Ngobi’s Story

If Ngobi had a choice, he would not even give his cattle the water that his family drinks. The smell of the water is almost unbearable, and it makes everyone dangerously ill.

In Bukabya village, Ngobi, his wife, Cissy, and their five young children drink water from a swamp that is taking the lives of their neighbors.

Ngobi is soft spoken but firm about the water problem in his village. He was chosen by his neighbors to talk about the issue, and when we met with him, he shared a list of ways that his community would benefit from safe water.

Children would not fall into the water, family would be healthy, and young girls and women would not fear attack on their long walks to the swamp. The list went on.

“The path to the swamp is dangerous,” Ngobi said. “We have vulnerable groups like the elderly who cannot cover the distance to this place.”

Bukabya village has had frequent cholera outbreaks, a waterborne disease known for its swift and deadly record. Children suffer the most from the unsafe drinking water, and parents spend their entire harvest income on medication for water-related illnesses like typhoid and dysentery.

“We hope to make bricks, build better houses, take our children as far as possible in school, and improve our general wellbeing,” Ngobi said.

The walk to the swamp takes 40 minutes, and families make multiple trips a day. Cooking, giving water to cattle, and drinking must come first, so people go many days without bathing.

“With safe water, we will be able to bathe,” Cissy, Ngobi’s wife, said. “We will feel more beautiful.”

Ngobi is eager to contribute all he can to help his community get safe water.

“When we have safe water, we shall be able to keep poultry and grow more profitable crops,” he said. “That’s what gives us hope.”

You can help Ngobi’s family and others in Bukabya 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 Bukabya village today.

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June 19, 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.

June 28, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Bukabya 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.

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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Latest Project News

Life in Bukabya: Ngobi’s Story

If Ngobi had a choice, he would not even give his cattle the water that his family drinks. The smell of the water is almost unbearable, and it makes everyone dangerously ill.

In Bukabya village, Ngobi, his wife, Cissy, and their five young children drink water from a swamp that is taking the lives of their neighbors.

Ngobi is soft spoken but firm about the water problem in his village. He was chosen by his neighbors to talk about the issue, and when we met with him, he shared a list of ways that his community would benefit from safe water.

Children would not fall into the water, family would be healthy, and young girls and women would not fear attack on their long walks to the swamp. The list went on.

“The path to the swamp is dangerous,” Ngobi said. “We have vulnerable groups like the elderly who cannot cover the distance to this place.”

Bukabya village has had frequent cholera outbreaks, a waterborne disease known for its swift and deadly record. Children suffer the most from the unsafe drinking water, and parents spend their entire harvest income on medication for water-related illnesses like typhoid and dysentery.

“We hope to make bricks, build better houses, take our children as far as possible in school, and improve our general wellbeing,” Ngobi said.

The walk to the swamp takes 40 minutes, and families make multiple trips a day. Cooking, giving water to cattle, and drinking must come first, so people go many days without bathing.

“With safe water, we will be able to bathe,” Cissy, Ngobi’s wife, said. “We will feel more beautiful.”

Ngobi is eager to contribute all he can to help his community get safe water.

“When we have safe water, we shall be able to keep poultry and grow more profitable crops,” he said. “That’s what gives us hope.”

You can help Ngobi’s family and others in Bukabya 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 Bukabya village today.

Read More
June 19, 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.

June 28, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Bukabya 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.

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
Read More

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.

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

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