Give Clean Water to Bukyesa Dongo Village

Clean Water for Bukyesa Dongo Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 252 people (36 families)

Project funded

“With water, we would be more united, because nothing gives you more power than the unity of purpose.” - Rebecca, mother of two

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Life in Bukyesa Dongo: Rebecca’s Story

Rebecca said that traveling for water sometimes feels like walking along a minefield.

There are snakes and other wild animals on her hour-long walk to the well in another village, and men have been known to hide and attack women who are alone.

When we met Rebecca, she said she felt hope for the first time in a long time.

“The situation will change and we shall live again,” she said. “It feels like we have been dead all along until Lifewater came here to help us live healthy.”

Rebecca, her two children, and her husband, Peter, live in Bukyesa Dongo village. Each morning while the sun is peeking over the horizon, Rebecca grabs her plastic container and begins her walk to a well in another village. She’ll make the journey there and back three times in day.

Bukyesa Dongo village is a rural community without safe water, and many of the neighboring villages don’t have a well of their own either. There is only one, and people travel many miles to reach it.

With safe water, Rebecca said that so much will be possible for her family and community.

“The children who now miss school because of the long walk and waits in line may find water more easily accessible and not miss school,” she said. “With more saved time, I can begin poultry farming.”

The long waits at the well keep people from working, and families who cannot work find themselves living in extreme poverty.

In addition, there are fights at the well almost every day.

“With water, we would be more united, because nothing gives you more power than the unity of purpose,” she said. “We would form savings and credit societies to boost each other and support our dreams.”

Rebecca and her community have so many plans for their future.

“We are not without ideas about where we want to be,” she said. “We just have the obstacle of water access in the way.”

The mother of two is hopeful that more time to work will garner her more income and she will be able to pay for her daughters’ educations.

You can help Rebecca’s family and others in Bukyesa Dongo 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 Bukyesa Dongo village today.

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September 02, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Bukyesa Dongo. 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! Bukyesa Dongo 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 28, 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 28, 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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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

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Latest Project News

Life in Bukyesa Dongo: Rebecca’s Story

Rebecca said that traveling for water sometimes feels like walking along a minefield.

There are snakes and other wild animals on her hour-long walk to the well in another village, and men have been known to hide and attack women who are alone.

When we met Rebecca, she said she felt hope for the first time in a long time.

“The situation will change and we shall live again,” she said. “It feels like we have been dead all along until Lifewater came here to help us live healthy.”

Rebecca, her two children, and her husband, Peter, live in Bukyesa Dongo village. Each morning while the sun is peeking over the horizon, Rebecca grabs her plastic container and begins her walk to a well in another village. She’ll make the journey there and back three times in day.

Bukyesa Dongo village is a rural community without safe water, and many of the neighboring villages don’t have a well of their own either. There is only one, and people travel many miles to reach it.

With safe water, Rebecca said that so much will be possible for her family and community.

“The children who now miss school because of the long walk and waits in line may find water more easily accessible and not miss school,” she said. “With more saved time, I can begin poultry farming.”

The long waits at the well keep people from working, and families who cannot work find themselves living in extreme poverty.

In addition, there are fights at the well almost every day.

“With water, we would be more united, because nothing gives you more power than the unity of purpose,” she said. “We would form savings and credit societies to boost each other and support our dreams.”

Rebecca and her community have so many plans for their future.

“We are not without ideas about where we want to be,” she said. “We just have the obstacle of water access in the way.”

The mother of two is hopeful that more time to work will garner her more income and she will be able to pay for her daughters’ educations.

You can help Rebecca’s family and others in Bukyesa Dongo 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 Bukyesa Dongo village today.

Read More
September 02, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Bukyesa Dongo. 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! Bukyesa Dongo 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 28, 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 28, 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

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Meet the Team

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

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

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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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