Karokarungi Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Karokarungi, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0613, 31.3909

250 people

Status: Water Flowing

  • Story
  • Updates 10
  • Plan

Life in Karokarungi: Benson’s Story

Neighbors sit on plastic chairs while Benson Beyoleka and his wife sort the newly-harvested rice in their warm home. The small house seems to burst with warm laughter.

The family of eight lives in Karokarungi village, where neighbors share jokes and children gather water from a pond each day.

Benson and his daughter, Agnes, 12, gather water together in the afternoons. It is brown like coffee, and Benson cannot forget the time he found human waste in the pond.

“I came to this village expecting a better life for me and family, but found the exact opposite with water shortage making it extra difficult to cope,” he said.

Benson’s family grows bananas and rice on their land.

“We earn very little from farming,” he said. “This makes dealing with additional burdens like medication for waterborne diseases more crippling.”

Benson’s family is living in extreme poverty, and educating his six children is becoming more and more out of reach with each child that contracts a waterborne illness; illnesses like typhoid and diarrhea are monthly occurrences.

Despite it all, Benson’s family is hopeful for the future. Agnes, his daughter, dreams of becoming a nurse because, as she says, it is a prestigious profession. Her father is filled with a longing to help her, and all of his children, achieve their goals.

You can help Benson’s family and others in Karokarungi 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 safe water, Benson and his wife can save the money that they spend on medication for waterborne illness and help their children through school.

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 Karokarungi village today.

August 7, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Karokarungi. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

August 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Karokarungi has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

June 25, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

May 18, 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: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Karokarungi! 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 10, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Karokarungi has selected water committee members to manage the new 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.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Karokarungi! 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: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Karokarungi! 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 24, 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

Karokarungi 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 Karokarungi:

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

Karokarungi 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 Karokarungi 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! Karokarungi 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 250 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Karokarungi: Benson’s Story

Neighbors sit on plastic chairs while Benson Beyoleka and his wife sort the newly-harvested rice in their warm home. The small house seems to burst with warm laughter.

The family of eight lives in Karokarungi village, where neighbors share jokes and children gather water from a pond each day.

Benson and his daughter, Agnes, 12, gather water together in the afternoons. It is brown like coffee, and Benson cannot forget the time he found human waste in the pond.

“I came to this village expecting a better life for me and family, but found the exact opposite with water shortage making it extra difficult to cope,” he said.

Benson’s family grows bananas and rice on their land.

“We earn very little from farming,” he said. “This makes dealing with additional burdens like medication for waterborne diseases more crippling.”

Benson’s family is living in extreme poverty, and educating his six children is becoming more and more out of reach with each child that contracts a waterborne illness; illnesses like typhoid and diarrhea are monthly occurrences.

Despite it all, Benson’s family is hopeful for the future. Agnes, his daughter, dreams of becoming a nurse because, as she says, it is a prestigious profession. Her father is filled with a longing to help her, and all of his children, achieve their goals.

You can help Benson’s family and others in Karokarungi 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 safe water, Benson and his wife can save the money that they spend on medication for waterborne illness and help their children through school.

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 Karokarungi village today.

Updates

August 7, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Karokarungi. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

August 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Karokarungi has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

June 25, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

May 18, 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: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Karokarungi! 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 10, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Karokarungi has selected water committee members to manage the new 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.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Karokarungi! 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: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Karokarungi! 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 24, 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

Karokarungi 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 Karokarungi:

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

Karokarungi 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 Karokarungi 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! Karokarungi 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 250 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved