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“It is overcrowded, so some people still use unsafe water." - Irene, mother of seven

Village Water Project

Kaato, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0085, 33.407

163 people

  • Story
  • Updates 3
  • Plan

Life in Kaato: Irene’s Story

When Irene first stepped foot on Kaato village, she had a newborn in her arms and little hope for the future. The community was drinking from a disease-ridden pond, and the new mother filled her container there each morning.

But in 1997, a new well was being constructed by a charity in Kaato village. Many years and seven children later, the well has taken on more people than it can handle, and families are resorting to the pond for water.

“It is overcrowded, so some people still use unsafe water,” she said.

Others come from far and wide, riding bicycles and toting plastic containers, to get a drink from the well. But when they arrive, they find themselves waiting in long lines.

Children miss school and parents miss work.

Irene’s village has learned from other communities, and they are already practicing some of the health and sanitation lessons in Lifewater’s curriculum. Still, they are in need of health improvements.

Since the 1997 well was constructed, Irene and her husband were able to raise healthy children, and her eldest son is now an electrical engineer.

“My younger children now have someone to emulate!” she said. “I will have a doctor among them.”

But with the overcrowding at their old water point, life is becoming increasingly difficult, and she worries for the future of her younger children.

Irene has already assigned each of her children a future career, and she has great hope that with safe water, health, and the ability to work and save money, she can send them all to school.

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

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 18, 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

Kaato 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 Kaato:

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

Kaato 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 Kaato 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! Kaato 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 163 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Kaato: Irene’s Story

When Irene first stepped foot on Kaato village, she had a newborn in her arms and little hope for the future. The community was drinking from a disease-ridden pond, and the new mother filled her container there each morning.

But in 1997, a new well was being constructed by a charity in Kaato village. Many years and seven children later, the well has taken on more people than it can handle, and families are resorting to the pond for water.

“It is overcrowded, so some people still use unsafe water,” she said.

Others come from far and wide, riding bicycles and toting plastic containers, to get a drink from the well. But when they arrive, they find themselves waiting in long lines.

Children miss school and parents miss work.

Irene’s village has learned from other communities, and they are already practicing some of the health and sanitation lessons in Lifewater’s curriculum. Still, they are in need of health improvements.

Since the 1997 well was constructed, Irene and her husband were able to raise healthy children, and her eldest son is now an electrical engineer.

“My younger children now have someone to emulate!” she said. “I will have a doctor among them.”

But with the overcrowding at their old water point, life is becoming increasingly difficult, and she worries for the future of her younger children.

Irene has already assigned each of her children a future career, and she has great hope that with safe water, health, and the ability to work and save money, she can send them all to school.

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

Updates

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 18, 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

Kaato 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 Kaato:

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

Kaato 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 Kaato 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! Kaato 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 163 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved