Give Clean Water to Kikomera Biri Village

Clean Water for Kikomera Biri Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 299 people (48 families)

Project funded

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

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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.

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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
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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.

Read More
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
Read More

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

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • 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.

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

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