Give Clean Water to Bunyana Emu Village

Clean Water for Bunyana Emu Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 253 people (40 families)

Project funded

“I’m looking forward to the day when I will stop worrying about losing a child at the swamp.” - Manjeri, mother of seven and grandmother

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Life in Bunyana Emu: Manjeri’s Story

The drumming, singing, and celebratory calls of Bunyana Emu village are more than a hospitable welcome to our staff in the field. Their dancing is a defiance against the many challenges that face them, a choice to have hope rather than fear.

Manjeri Nangobi lives in Bunyana Emu with her seven children. As an elder and a leader in her community, she is not expected to do the grueling work of gathering water. However, she still makes the trips to the swamp to fill her container four times a day.

Recently, her 4-year-old grandchild nearly drown in the swamp water. Since then, Manjeri has refused to allow any of her grandchildren to gather water.

“I’m looking forward to the day when I will stop worrying about losing a child at the swamp,” she said. “My grandchildren need to live a better life than this.”

Bunyana Emu suffers from waterborne illnesses frequently, including recent outbreaks of cholera, a waterborne disease known to be deadly. On top of that, Manjeri has eye problems, and she has had six surgeries in an attempt to correct them.

Families pay expensive medical fees for treatment, medication, and travel to the clinic that is many miles from their community.

“Who wouldn’t wish to live healthy, waterborne-disease-free lives?” she asked. “I want that not just for me but for my children, grandchildren and everyone in my community.”

Manjeri spoke for all the mothers of Bunyana Emu village when she shared her fear for the young girls in her community.

“Our children are in danger,” she said. “I feel very bad because when these girls go for water for long, they are attacked.”

“It is heartbreaking!” she added, to the nod and agreement of mothers who sat near her.

With safe water nearby, Manjeri believes they will be able to breathe a sigh of relief for their children.

“When you see us dancing and singing the way we do, it is an expression of hope, relief, and celebration of a promise for a new, better, and fulfilling life,” she said. “We are excited and thank you for injecting joy into our tired and weary souls.”

You can help Manjeri’s family and others in Bunyana Emu 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 Bunyana Emu village today.

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July 6, 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 21, 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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Latest Project News

Life in Bunyana Emu: Manjeri’s Story

The drumming, singing, and celebratory calls of Bunyana Emu village are more than a hospitable welcome to our staff in the field. Their dancing is a defiance against the many challenges that face them, a choice to have hope rather than fear.

Manjeri Nangobi lives in Bunyana Emu with her seven children. As an elder and a leader in her community, she is not expected to do the grueling work of gathering water. However, she still makes the trips to the swamp to fill her container four times a day.

Recently, her 4-year-old grandchild nearly drown in the swamp water. Since then, Manjeri has refused to allow any of her grandchildren to gather water.

“I’m looking forward to the day when I will stop worrying about losing a child at the swamp,” she said. “My grandchildren need to live a better life than this.”

Bunyana Emu suffers from waterborne illnesses frequently, including recent outbreaks of cholera, a waterborne disease known to be deadly. On top of that, Manjeri has eye problems, and she has had six surgeries in an attempt to correct them.

Families pay expensive medical fees for treatment, medication, and travel to the clinic that is many miles from their community.

“Who wouldn’t wish to live healthy, waterborne-disease-free lives?” she asked. “I want that not just for me but for my children, grandchildren and everyone in my community.”

Manjeri spoke for all the mothers of Bunyana Emu village when she shared her fear for the young girls in her community.

“Our children are in danger,” she said. “I feel very bad because when these girls go for water for long, they are attacked.”

“It is heartbreaking!” she added, to the nod and agreement of mothers who sat near her.

With safe water nearby, Manjeri believes they will be able to breathe a sigh of relief for their children.

“When you see us dancing and singing the way we do, it is an expression of hope, relief, and celebration of a promise for a new, better, and fulfilling life,” she said. “We are excited and thank you for injecting joy into our tired and weary souls.”

You can help Manjeri’s family and others in Bunyana Emu 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 Bunyana Emu village today.

Read More
July 6, 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 21, 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:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

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  • Completion

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    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.

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

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