Give Clean Water to Bukubaituba Village

Clean Water for Bukubaituba Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 349 people (56 families)

Project funded

“The water problem is constant, and I would love for the family to live better than I have.” - Mutesi, mother and grandmother

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Life in Bukubaituba: Mutesi’s Story

“The eye of a child is like sunshine in darkness,” Mutesi said. “It lifts your spirit.”

Mutesi, her husband, Wilber, their eight children, and their grandchildren live in Bukubaituba village. Every day is a challenge for Mutesi. She wakes at 6 a.m., works in her garden for two hours, then spends the rest of her day gathering water and caring for her family.

Most days she walks to a well in another village for water. The well is so crowded, it can take her four hours just to fill one container. Mutesi has to make four trips a day to have enough water for her family’s daily needs.

There is a swamp closer to her village with less wait time, and Mutesi sometimes gathers water from there so she can spend more time cultivating her garden.

“As a mother and grandmother, I’m concerned for the future of my family,” she said. “The water problem is constant, and I would love for the family to live better than I have.”

When Mutesi gathers water from the nearby swamp, her children and grandchildren fall ill much more frequently. She has already sold four of her six cows to pay for their medication and their school tuition.

In Uganda, cows serve as a type of insurance, a source of income if harvests don’t do well or if sudden illness strikes a family member. With only two cows left, Mutesi’s family is running low on options for the next time a child falls ill.

“If we get a safe water well, I would diversify my produce by growing cabbages, eggplant, tomato and keep poultry since these are very highly demanded products but which need more water to grow,” she said. “This would help me pay fees for my children and increase my cattle.”

Mutesi’s grandchildren are her whole world. She dreams the best for them and for her children.

“I hope to educate my remaining children up to the university level, with some hopefully becoming doctors, lawyers, and teachers who can contribute to our community’s advancement,” she said.

You can help Mutesi’s family and others in Bukubaituba 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 Bukubaituba village today.

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July 11, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Bukubaituba 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 27, 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 27, 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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Life in Bukubaituba: Mutesi’s Story

“The eye of a child is like sunshine in darkness,” Mutesi said. “It lifts your spirit.”

Mutesi, her husband, Wilber, their eight children, and their grandchildren live in Bukubaituba village. Every day is a challenge for Mutesi. She wakes at 6 a.m., works in her garden for two hours, then spends the rest of her day gathering water and caring for her family.

Most days she walks to a well in another village for water. The well is so crowded, it can take her four hours just to fill one container. Mutesi has to make four trips a day to have enough water for her family’s daily needs.

There is a swamp closer to her village with less wait time, and Mutesi sometimes gathers water from there so she can spend more time cultivating her garden.

“As a mother and grandmother, I’m concerned for the future of my family,” she said. “The water problem is constant, and I would love for the family to live better than I have.”

When Mutesi gathers water from the nearby swamp, her children and grandchildren fall ill much more frequently. She has already sold four of her six cows to pay for their medication and their school tuition.

In Uganda, cows serve as a type of insurance, a source of income if harvests don’t do well or if sudden illness strikes a family member. With only two cows left, Mutesi’s family is running low on options for the next time a child falls ill.

“If we get a safe water well, I would diversify my produce by growing cabbages, eggplant, tomato and keep poultry since these are very highly demanded products but which need more water to grow,” she said. “This would help me pay fees for my children and increase my cattle.”

Mutesi’s grandchildren are her whole world. She dreams the best for them and for her children.

“I hope to educate my remaining children up to the university level, with some hopefully becoming doctors, lawyers, and teachers who can contribute to our community’s advancement,” she said.

You can help Mutesi’s family and others in Bukubaituba 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 Bukubaituba village today.

Read More
July 11, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Bukubaituba 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 27, 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 27, 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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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

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    Water Committee Formed

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  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

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    Construction Started

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    Village Has Safe Water Source

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    Healthy Village

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Meet the Team

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

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

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