Bulemo Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Bulemo, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0295, 33.4677

254 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

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.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

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

Bulemo 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 Bulemo:

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

Bulemo 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 Bulemo 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! Bulemo 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 254 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

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.

Updates

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

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

Plan

Bulemo 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 Bulemo:

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

Bulemo 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 Bulemo 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! Bulemo 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 254 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved