Give Clean Water to Karokarungi Village

Clean Water for Karokarungi Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 250 people (50 families)

Almost funded!

“I came to this village expecting a better life... but found the exact opposite with water shortage making it extra-difficult to cope.” - Benson, father of 6

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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.

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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
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water project, you'll receive:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Latest Project News

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.

Read More
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
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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

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  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

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  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

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    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

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    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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Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

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