Give Clean Water to Bulemo Village

Clean Water for Bulemo Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 254 people (46 families)

Project funded

The well in Bulemo village is overused and overcrowded, and people spend many hours waiting in line for a drink of water.

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Life in Bulemo: Irene’s Story

When water is scarce, people become desperate for it and desperate to survive. In Bulemo village, a single well serves hundreds of people; the result is hours-long waits in the burning sun, dehydration, and fights among neighbors.

Irene Nangobi has four children in Bulemo village. Each day, she and her children spend a total of eight hours waiting in line and filling their container with water.

Because the well is overused, it breaks down often. When this happens, Irene walks for many hours to reach another well. Sometimes, she just gathers water from the local swamp.

With enough safe water closeby, Irene said, “I would get more time to work, save, and educate our children and grandchildren for a better, brighter future than is currently the case.”

Irene is spending hours of her day filling her container with water, time that she could be using to work on her farm.

“I work very hard to help the children attain education, but it doesn’t pay off since whatever we produce is not even enough to feed us,” she said.
Irene’s community does not have bathrooms of their own. Instead, everyone goes outside. The environment is unhealthy and unsafe, and children are sick almost always.

Recently, entire families suffered from cholera, a waterborne disease known to be deadly when it’s not treated quickly.

Despite her community’s challenges, Irene draws hope from her family. Her grandson, Joel, is ten years old and wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

“We are prayerful and hopeful that things will change soon,” Irene said. “Whoever God uses to solve this problem will have our utmost respect and blessings.”

You can help Irene’s family and others in Bulemo 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 Bulemo village today.

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July 13, 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.

July 3, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Bulemo 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.

March 15, 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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  • Completion

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Latest Project News

Life in Bulemo: Irene’s Story

When water is scarce, people become desperate for it and desperate to survive. In Bulemo village, a single well serves hundreds of people; the result is hours-long waits in the burning sun, dehydration, and fights among neighbors.

Irene Nangobi has four children in Bulemo village. Each day, she and her children spend a total of eight hours waiting in line and filling their container with water.

Because the well is overused, it breaks down often. When this happens, Irene walks for many hours to reach another well. Sometimes, she just gathers water from the local swamp.

With enough safe water closeby, Irene said, “I would get more time to work, save, and educate our children and grandchildren for a better, brighter future than is currently the case.”

Irene is spending hours of her day filling her container with water, time that she could be using to work on her farm.

“I work very hard to help the children attain education, but it doesn’t pay off since whatever we produce is not even enough to feed us,” she said.
Irene’s community does not have bathrooms of their own. Instead, everyone goes outside. The environment is unhealthy and unsafe, and children are sick almost always.

Recently, entire families suffered from cholera, a waterborne disease known to be deadly when it’s not treated quickly.

Despite her community’s challenges, Irene draws hope from her family. Her grandson, Joel, is ten years old and wants to be a doctor when he grows up.

“We are prayerful and hopeful that things will change soon,” Irene said. “Whoever God uses to solve this problem will have our utmost respect and blessings.”

You can help Irene’s family and others in Bulemo 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 Bulemo village today.

Read More
July 13, 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.

July 3, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Bulemo 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.

March 15, 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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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

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    Community Prerequisites Met

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    Construction Started

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    Village Has Safe Water Source

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Meet the Team

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

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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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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