Kanyegara Village
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“Children cannot stay in school after traveling for two hours for water.” - Rosette, mother of four

Village Water Project

Kanyegara, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0215, 31.3861

280 people

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

Life in Kanyegara: Rosette’s Story

During a cholera outbreak, nurses ran from one side of the local, overcrowded clinic to the other. Medicine was scarce, leaving most people in need of treatment left to battle the disease without it.

“By the grace of God,” Rosette said, “no one died.”

Rosette, her husband, and their four children depend on water from the same swamp believed to have caused the cholera outbreak years ago. Cholera is a waterborne disease that can be fatal in hours, and Kanyegara village drinks the water with fear for their lives.

Each day, Rosette’s children gather water while she and her husband work on their small farm.

“It’s the same water that makes them sick,” she said. “Since the high cost of treatment eats into what could have been spent on their tuition, [many children] must drop out.”

Rosette’s own son, now 16 years old, dropped out for lack of tuition payments in sixth grade.

She fears her other children will face the same consequences of water poverty.

Rosette dreams of sending her children back to school. She is hopeful for the future and eager for a safe water source.

You can help Rosette’s family and all of Kanyegara 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.

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 Kanyegara village today.

May 28, 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.

May 28, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Kanyegara! 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 08, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kanyegara! 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 01, 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

Kanyegara 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 Kanyegara:

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

Kanyegara 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 Kanyegara 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! Kanyegara 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 280 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Kanyegara: Rosette’s Story

During a cholera outbreak, nurses ran from one side of the local, overcrowded clinic to the other. Medicine was scarce, leaving most people in need of treatment left to battle the disease without it.

“By the grace of God,” Rosette said, “no one died.”

Rosette, her husband, and their four children depend on water from the same swamp believed to have caused the cholera outbreak years ago. Cholera is a waterborne disease that can be fatal in hours, and Kanyegara village drinks the water with fear for their lives.

Each day, Rosette’s children gather water while she and her husband work on their small farm.

“It’s the same water that makes them sick,” she said. “Since the high cost of treatment eats into what could have been spent on their tuition, [many children] must drop out.”

Rosette’s own son, now 16 years old, dropped out for lack of tuition payments in sixth grade.

She fears her other children will face the same consequences of water poverty.

Rosette dreams of sending her children back to school. She is hopeful for the future and eager for a safe water source.

You can help Rosette’s family and all of Kanyegara 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.

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 Kanyegara village today.

Updates

May 28, 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.

May 28, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Kanyegara! 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 08, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Kanyegara! 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 01, 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

Kanyegara 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 Kanyegara:

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

Kanyegara 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 Kanyegara 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! Kanyegara 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 280 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved