Kikomera Biri Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

“This is the only water we have and it makes us very sick.” - Michelle, mother of two

Village Water Project

Kikomera Biri, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0096, 33.3929

299 people

Status: Water Flowing

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

Life in Kikomera Biri: Michelle’s Story

When we arrived at Kikomera Biri village, Robert, a tall man in a clean, pink button-up shirt greeted us. Knowing we were planning to visit the community, women put their best dresses on and men their cleanest shirts.

Robert walked us to his community’s water source, a swamp 15 minutes from his home. It was there that we met his neighbor, a young mother named Michelle who was drawing water from the swamp.

It was only noon and Michelle was already on her third trip to the swamp. Her youngest child, a girl named Jordan, lay sleeping on her back.

Michelle and her husband have two children in Kikomera Biri village.

“Life is very hard,” she said. “We share this water with animals and they pee in it; when we wash our clothes with the water, they are still dirty.”

Michelle feels guilt when she gives this water to the children to drink.

“This is the only water we have and it makes us very sick,” she said. “We have stomach pains, and the children mostly suffer.”

Waterborne illness is common in Kikomera Biri village, especially for children under the age of five whose immune systems are not strong enough to beat the diseases.

When a child needs treatment or medication, Michelle’s husband walks 2.5 miles to get to the local clinic with a sick child in his arms.

“If we got a new well, we would be healthy and clean,” Michelle said.

For the first time, her cheeks pulled up in a brief smile.

“I hope, one day, my children will go to school and they will drink safe water and grow to become responsible citizens,” she said.

The unsafe water in Kikomera Biri village is costing families expensive health clinic fees, lost work time, and sometimes, their very lives.

When we returned to Kikomera Biri two days later, we learned that they had just buried a six-month-old child. It was typhoid, a waterborne illness.

You can help Michelle’s family and others in Kikomera Biri 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 Kikomera Biri village today.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 13, 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.

July 4, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Kikomera Biri 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.

February 21, 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

Kikomera Biri 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 Kikomera Biri:

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

Kikomera Biri 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 Kikomera Biri 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! Kikomera Biri 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 299 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Kikomera Biri: Michelle’s Story

When we arrived at Kikomera Biri village, Robert, a tall man in a clean, pink button-up shirt greeted us. Knowing we were planning to visit the community, women put their best dresses on and men their cleanest shirts.

Robert walked us to his community’s water source, a swamp 15 minutes from his home. It was there that we met his neighbor, a young mother named Michelle who was drawing water from the swamp.

It was only noon and Michelle was already on her third trip to the swamp. Her youngest child, a girl named Jordan, lay sleeping on her back.

Michelle and her husband have two children in Kikomera Biri village.

“Life is very hard,” she said. “We share this water with animals and they pee in it; when we wash our clothes with the water, they are still dirty.”

Michelle feels guilt when she gives this water to the children to drink.

“This is the only water we have and it makes us very sick,” she said. “We have stomach pains, and the children mostly suffer.”

Waterborne illness is common in Kikomera Biri village, especially for children under the age of five whose immune systems are not strong enough to beat the diseases.

When a child needs treatment or medication, Michelle’s husband walks 2.5 miles to get to the local clinic with a sick child in his arms.

“If we got a new well, we would be healthy and clean,” Michelle said.

For the first time, her cheeks pulled up in a brief smile.

“I hope, one day, my children will go to school and they will drink safe water and grow to become responsible citizens,” she said.

The unsafe water in Kikomera Biri village is costing families expensive health clinic fees, lost work time, and sometimes, their very lives.

When we returned to Kikomera Biri two days later, we learned that they had just buried a six-month-old child. It was typhoid, a waterborne illness.

You can help Michelle’s family and others in Kikomera Biri 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 Kikomera Biri village today.

Updates

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 13, 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.

July 4, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Kikomera Biri 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.

February 21, 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

Kikomera Biri 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 Kikomera Biri:

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

Kikomera Biri 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 Kikomera Biri 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! Kikomera Biri 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 299 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved