Kanasuna Village
Water Project

Fully Sponsored

$10,550 Raised of $10,550

4 supporters, 100% sponsored

“When safe water finally arrives in our village, the feeling of joy will overwhelm us.” - Madina, mother of 10

Village Water Project

Kanasuna, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0734, 33.4548

211 people

  • Story
  • Updates 3
  • Plan

Life in Kanasuna: Madina’s Story

The only source of water near Kanasuna village is a lake covered in water lillies and shared with cattle. Each morning while the sun burns orange and yellow over the horizon, Madina makes the journey to the lake with her oldest children.

Containers in hand, they walk 40 minutes one way to dip their containers in water that makes them dangerously sick.

“We spend a lot of time fetching water that we share with cattle,” Madina said. “There are snakes on the road, and men always seeking to attack us.”

The road to the lake is dangerous, and many women and children have been victims to violence. As Madina shared this, her usual smile disappeared, and fear became visible on her face.

“With safe water, we would have more time to work, but also we would enjoy a peace of mind, having a sense of security,” she said.

Drinking unsafe water is especially harmful for children, whose immune systems are still developing. Madina has 10 children under the age of 17, and medicating waterborne diseases is costing her family all of their farming income.

The children are missing school from sickness and time spent walking for water, and it’s discouraging for parents who work hard to earn money for their tuition.

With safe water steps from her home, Madina said her children would be able to improve in class and have a brighter future.

“There is this joy that we feel that is hard to explain,” she said. “It is an expectation of a dream some of us have expected for our entire lives.”

“When safe water finally arrives in our village, the feeling of joy will overwhelm us,” she added. “It’ll represent a complete turnaround, injecting us with hope to dream big and work hard.”

One of her and her husband’s biggest dreams is to see their children complete high school and go on to university.

“That way, they can become teachers who help educate the village children,” she said.

You can help Madina’s family and others in Kanasuna 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 Kanasuna village today.

June 21, 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 07, 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

Kanasuna 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 Kanasuna:

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

Kanasuna 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 Kanasuna 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! Kanasuna 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 211 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Kanasuna: Madina’s Story

The only source of water near Kanasuna village is a lake covered in water lillies and shared with cattle. Each morning while the sun burns orange and yellow over the horizon, Madina makes the journey to the lake with her oldest children.

Containers in hand, they walk 40 minutes one way to dip their containers in water that makes them dangerously sick.

“We spend a lot of time fetching water that we share with cattle,” Madina said. “There are snakes on the road, and men always seeking to attack us.”

The road to the lake is dangerous, and many women and children have been victims to violence. As Madina shared this, her usual smile disappeared, and fear became visible on her face.

“With safe water, we would have more time to work, but also we would enjoy a peace of mind, having a sense of security,” she said.

Drinking unsafe water is especially harmful for children, whose immune systems are still developing. Madina has 10 children under the age of 17, and medicating waterborne diseases is costing her family all of their farming income.

The children are missing school from sickness and time spent walking for water, and it’s discouraging for parents who work hard to earn money for their tuition.

With safe water steps from her home, Madina said her children would be able to improve in class and have a brighter future.

“There is this joy that we feel that is hard to explain,” she said. “It is an expectation of a dream some of us have expected for our entire lives.”

“When safe water finally arrives in our village, the feeling of joy will overwhelm us,” she added. “It’ll represent a complete turnaround, injecting us with hope to dream big and work hard.”

One of her and her husband’s biggest dreams is to see their children complete high school and go on to university.

“That way, they can become teachers who help educate the village children,” she said.

You can help Madina’s family and others in Kanasuna 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 Kanasuna village today.

Updates

June 21, 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 07, 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

Kanasuna 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 Kanasuna:

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

Kanasuna 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 Kanasuna 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! Kanasuna 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 211 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved