Give Clean Water to Kakundwa Village

Give Clean Water to Kakundwa Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 303 people (60 families)

“I will do everything to keep him in school.” - Mukakasaana, mother of four

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Current water source

“I will do everything to keep him in school.” - Mukakasaana, mother of four

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Life in Kakundwa: Mukakasaana’s Story

Mukakasaana has the gift of making people laugh. Her children inherited her sweet temperament, and they too seem to have a smile always ready to shine.

A passerby would not expect that Mukakasaana and her husband are always hard at work doing laborious jobs around the village or that their four children suffer from contaminated water.

The only water available to the poorest in Kakundwa village is a pond many miles away. Paying someone to gather water for her would cost her 27 cents per container, and she cannot afford it. Instead, she must walk for hours to a pond. It is contaminated and covered in algae.

Her son, Zindende, age 7, loves going to school, even proudly displaying his report card. It reads, “Zindende is a good boy in class and is hardworking.”

The contaminated water recently made Zindende ill, and he had to seek treatment at the local clinic. His family, unable to pay the cost, was treated on credit. Now, Mukakasaana and her husband are working even harder to pay it back and still afford rent and school fees.

“I will do everything to keep him in school,” his mother said.

Without safe water, the family will continue in this cycle.

“What we spend on medication and the time lost fetching water would be enough savings for us to rent a plot of land, farm, and save more to buy our own land and be self-sufficient,” she said.

You can help families in Kakundwa village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. With clean water, Zindende and his siblings can go to school and pursue their dreams.

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 Kakundwa village today.

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March 08, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! 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.

November 05, 2018: 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.

September 2018: Project Ready
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Life in Kakundwa: Mukakasaana’s Story

Mukakasaana has the gift of making people laugh. Her children inherited her sweet temperament, and they too seem to have a smile always ready to shine.

A passerby would not expect that Mukakasaana and her husband are always hard at work doing laborious jobs around the village or that their four children suffer from contaminated water.

The only water available to the poorest in Kakundwa village is a pond many miles away. Paying someone to gather water for her would cost her 27 cents per container, and she cannot afford it. Instead, she must walk for hours to a pond. It is contaminated and covered in algae.

Her son, Zindende, age 7, loves going to school, even proudly displaying his report card. It reads, “Zindende is a good boy in class and is hardworking.”

The contaminated water recently made Zindende ill, and he had to seek treatment at the local clinic. His family, unable to pay the cost, was treated on credit. Now, Mukakasaana and her husband are working even harder to pay it back and still afford rent and school fees.

“I will do everything to keep him in school,” his mother said.

Without safe water, the family will continue in this cycle.

“What we spend on medication and the time lost fetching water would be enough savings for us to rent a plot of land, farm, and save more to buy our own land and be self-sufficient,” she said.

You can help families in Kakundwa village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. With clean water, Zindende and his siblings can go to school and pursue their dreams.

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 Kakundwa village today.

Read More
March 08, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Kakundwa! 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.

November 05, 2018: 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.

September 2018: Project Ready
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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

  • Project Ready

    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

  • Healthy Village

    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.

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Charles

Emegu

Junior WASH Technician

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Namirembe

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Doreen

Nakacwa

Office Assistant

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Louis

Kasadha

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Yesu

Afaayo

Accounts Assistant

Peter

Batambuze

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Accounts Assistant

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Joseph

Balikowa

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Lucy

Asimo

Cashier

Brian

Oketha

WASH Technician

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