Bukabya Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

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

Village Water Project

Bukabya, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0722, 33.3544

360 people

Status: Water Flowing

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

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.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

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

Bukabya 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 Bukabya:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Bukabya has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Bukabya has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Bukabya is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 360 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

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.

Updates

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

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

Plan

Bukabya 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 Bukabya:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Bukabya has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

ready

Project Ready

Villages are carefully selected by Lifewater staff and wait for program work to begin in their area.

CLTS

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.

clts
healthy-homes-registered

Healthy Homes Registered

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.

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.

odf
wc_schoolmc_formed

Water Committee Selected

Bukabya has selected water committee members to manage the safe 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.

Construction Started

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

construction_start
construction_complete

Village Has Safe Water Source

The new safe water source is now complete!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community. 

Healthy Village

Great news! Bukabya is now a certified Healthy Village. That means the safe water source is complete and more than 90% of the community’s homes are healthy. That is a new future for 360 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved