Kalokalungi Village
Water Project

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$275 Raised of $13,750

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Village Water Project

Kalokalungi, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0453, 31.4772

275 people

  • Story
  • Updates 6
  • Plan

Life in Kalokalungi: Brenda’s Story

Each time Brenda’s children begin their long walk to the swamp, she pauses in her work to watch them go and considers what their futures might look like.

“I am like any parent whose dream is to have the best for their children, but mine bear an extra burden of fetching water before taking long walks to school,” she said. “This makes them too mentally and physically exhausted to learn well and affects their performance.”

Brenda Mwagale and her husband raise their seven children in Kalokalungi village. They farm corn, beans, cassava, and peanuts on their farm. If it weren’t for the polluted water, Brenda said, her family would be very successful with the fertile soil.

“We share water with livestock and snakes, and there are people who bathe in it with soap and others wash their motorcycles in it, with oil pouring in,” she said. “Everything about our water spells danger.”

The mother of seven went on to explain that typhoid, a water-related illness, is a constant threat to their lives. It makes them ill, costing them money in health care fees, keeping the children home from school, and reducing their productivity on the farm.

“How can we be hopeful?” she asked.

To save for her children’s higher education, Brenda has started storing peanuts from the family farm and said she will sell them only when the price is fair. Until then, a bucket of peanuts remains their only hope for the future.

Brenda wants her 7-year-old, Emmanuel, to become a doctor. He is bright and his grades are good, she said.

You can help Brenda and all of Kalokalungi 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 clean water, families like Brenda’s can begin to thrive as God intends.

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 Kalokalungi village today.

May 1, 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.

April 23, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Kalokalungi! 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.

April 09, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Kalokalungi! 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.

March 12, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

October 18, 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

Kalokalungi 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 Kalokalungi:

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

Kalokalungi 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 Kalokalungi 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! Kalokalungi 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 275 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Kalokalungi: Brenda’s Story

Each time Brenda’s children begin their long walk to the swamp, she pauses in her work to watch them go and considers what their futures might look like.

“I am like any parent whose dream is to have the best for their children, but mine bear an extra burden of fetching water before taking long walks to school,” she said. “This makes them too mentally and physically exhausted to learn well and affects their performance.”

Brenda Mwagale and her husband raise their seven children in Kalokalungi village. They farm corn, beans, cassava, and peanuts on their farm. If it weren’t for the polluted water, Brenda said, her family would be very successful with the fertile soil.

“We share water with livestock and snakes, and there are people who bathe in it with soap and others wash their motorcycles in it, with oil pouring in,” she said. “Everything about our water spells danger.”

The mother of seven went on to explain that typhoid, a water-related illness, is a constant threat to their lives. It makes them ill, costing them money in health care fees, keeping the children home from school, and reducing their productivity on the farm.

“How can we be hopeful?” she asked.

To save for her children’s higher education, Brenda has started storing peanuts from the family farm and said she will sell them only when the price is fair. Until then, a bucket of peanuts remains their only hope for the future.

Brenda wants her 7-year-old, Emmanuel, to become a doctor. He is bright and his grades are good, she said.

You can help Brenda and all of Kalokalungi 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 clean water, families like Brenda’s can begin to thrive as God intends.

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 Kalokalungi village today.

Updates

May 1, 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.

April 23, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Kalokalungi! 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.

April 09, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Kalokalungi! 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.

March 12, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

October 18, 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

Plan

Kalokalungi 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 Kalokalungi:

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

Kalokalungi 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 Kalokalungi 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! Kalokalungi 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 275 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved