Give Clean Water to Butangala Kaumba Village

Clean Water for Butangala Kaumba Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 296 people (60 families)

Project funded

“If we get a borehole, we shall treasure and take very good care of it.” - Nakate, grandmother of 10

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Life in Butangala Kaumba: Nakate’s Story

Twelve-year-old Zainab remembers running from the swamp. She remembers running for her life as older men chased after her, determined to harm her.

So many girls have fallen victim at the swamp in Butangala Kaumba village. Grandmother Nakate, who has lived in the village for most of her life, shared Zinab’s story with us as she shared her own, saying that Zainab must still walk to that swamp each day; her family has no choice.

Grandmother Nakate is a mother of 15, grandmother of 10, and a farmer. For as long as she can remember, her village has depended on water from a swamp four miles away.

The journey takes two hours, and Nakate and her children make the journey four times a day. That’s eight hours of water gathering in a single day.

Nakate has heard that when someone from Lifewater comes to speak with you, safe water always follows. She told us this and vowed she would do all she could to help Lifewater’s programs.

“If we get a borehole, we shall treasure and take very good care of it given our terrible experience so far,” she said. “We also expect to have more time to work and make more money.”

With saved income, Grandmother Nakate would start growing bananas, a profitable fruit, and send each of her grandchildren to school for as long as she was able.

Although she never could go to school herself, she said, “I’m passionate about education; I have 10 grandchildren living with me, and I would not like to see any left behind in school.”

In Butangala Kaumba village, many children are too sick from water-related illness to continue in school, and families who must pay for expensive medical treatment cannot afford tuition.

“We have many dreams that we would bring to reality with safe water access being a reality,” she said. “We would be way healthier and happier and our families would enjoy better lives as a result of our hard-work and investments.”

Most of all, a safe water source nearby would mean that the young girls of Butangala Kaumba are safe from long, dangerous walks for water.

You can help Nakate’s family and others in Butangala Kaumba 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 Butangala Kaumba village today.

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September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Butangala Kaumba 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.

July 10, 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 19, 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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Life in Butangala Kaumba: Nakate’s Story

Twelve-year-old Zainab remembers running from the swamp. She remembers running for her life as older men chased after her, determined to harm her.

So many girls have fallen victim at the swamp in Butangala Kaumba village. Grandmother Nakate, who has lived in the village for most of her life, shared Zinab’s story with us as she shared her own, saying that Zainab must still walk to that swamp each day; her family has no choice.

Grandmother Nakate is a mother of 15, grandmother of 10, and a farmer. For as long as she can remember, her village has depended on water from a swamp four miles away.

The journey takes two hours, and Nakate and her children make the journey four times a day. That’s eight hours of water gathering in a single day.

Nakate has heard that when someone from Lifewater comes to speak with you, safe water always follows. She told us this and vowed she would do all she could to help Lifewater’s programs.

“If we get a borehole, we shall treasure and take very good care of it given our terrible experience so far,” she said. “We also expect to have more time to work and make more money.”

With saved income, Grandmother Nakate would start growing bananas, a profitable fruit, and send each of her grandchildren to school for as long as she was able.

Although she never could go to school herself, she said, “I’m passionate about education; I have 10 grandchildren living with me, and I would not like to see any left behind in school.”

In Butangala Kaumba village, many children are too sick from water-related illness to continue in school, and families who must pay for expensive medical treatment cannot afford tuition.

“We have many dreams that we would bring to reality with safe water access being a reality,” she said. “We would be way healthier and happier and our families would enjoy better lives as a result of our hard-work and investments.”

Most of all, a safe water source nearby would mean that the young girls of Butangala Kaumba are safe from long, dangerous walks for water.

You can help Nakate’s family and others in Butangala Kaumba 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 Butangala Kaumba village today.

Read More
September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Butangala Kaumba 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.

July 10, 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 19, 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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  • Progress

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  • 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.

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

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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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