Bukubaituba Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Bukubaituba, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0859, 33.3596

349 people

Status: Water Flowing

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

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.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

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

Bukubaituba 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 Bukubaituba:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Bukubaituba 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

Bukubaituba 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 Bukubaituba 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! Bukubaituba 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 349 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

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.

Updates

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

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

Plan

Bukubaituba 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 Bukubaituba:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Bukubaituba 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

Bukubaituba 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 Bukubaituba 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! Bukubaituba 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 349 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved