Clean Water to Kitutuma Mbili Village

Previous water source (L), newly completed water source (R)

Clean Water for Kitutuma Mbili Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 280 people (55 families)

Completed on April 30, 2019

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Life in Kitutuma Mbili: Mukantabana’s Story

Grandmother Mukantabana furrows her brow each time her grandsons leave home to fetch the day’s water. What young boys… what a waste to spend their lives collecting dirty water, she thinks.

When Mukantabana immigrated from Rwanda two years ago with her family, she did not expect to spend so many days ill from unsafe water.

The whole family has itchy rashes on their skin, and the younger children suffer from painful bouts of diarrhea.

Each day, her grandsons draw water from an overcrowded pond an hour from Kitutuma village. Insects swim in it, and it is full of mud.

Mukantaba and her husband, Simon, are now in their 70s and take medication each week for their swollen legs and other ailments. They cannot make the journey for water.

The elderly couple spends $8 a week for treatment, a cost that uses up almost all of their small earnings from weeding peoples gardens and farming.

The children miss school when they are too sick, and they are getting behind on their studies. Mukantaba worries they will not complete their primary education.

“If there had been access to safe water, we would have been healthier and happier,” she said. “We would also save the money we currently spend on medication and take better care of ourselves and our family.”

You can help Grandmother Mukantaba and others in Kitutuma Mbili 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.

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 Kitutuma Mbili village today.

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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.

April 30, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Kitutuma Mbili!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

March 18, 2019: Construction started

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

March 11, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Kitutuma Mbili! 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.

February 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Kitutuma Mbili 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.

February 08, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Kitutuma Mbili 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.

January 10, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Kitutuma Mbili! 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.

December 18, 2018: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Kitutuma Mbili! 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.

September 18, 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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Life in Kitutuma Mbili: Mukantabana’s Story

Grandmother Mukantabana furrows her brow each time her grandsons leave home to fetch the day’s water. What young boys… what a waste to spend their lives collecting dirty water, she thinks.

When Mukantabana immigrated from Rwanda two years ago with her family, she did not expect to spend so many days ill from unsafe water.

The whole family has itchy rashes on their skin, and the younger children suffer from painful bouts of diarrhea.

Each day, her grandsons draw water from an overcrowded pond an hour from Kitutuma village. Insects swim in it, and it is full of mud.

Mukantaba and her husband, Simon, are now in their 70s and take medication each week for their swollen legs and other ailments. They cannot make the journey for water.

The elderly couple spends $8 a week for treatment, a cost that uses up almost all of their small earnings from weeding peoples gardens and farming.

The children miss school when they are too sick, and they are getting behind on their studies. Mukantaba worries they will not complete their primary education.

“If there had been access to safe water, we would have been healthier and happier,” she said. “We would also save the money we currently spend on medication and take better care of ourselves and our family.”

You can help Grandmother Mukantaba and others in Kitutuma Mbili 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.

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 Kitutuma Mbili village today.

Read More
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.

April 30, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Kitutuma Mbili!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

March 18, 2019: Construction started

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

March 11, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Kitutuma Mbili! 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.

February 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Kitutuma Mbili 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.

February 08, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Kitutuma Mbili 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.

January 10, 2019: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Kitutuma Mbili! 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.

December 18, 2018: 1 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 1 new Healthy Homes in Kitutuma Mbili! 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.

September 18, 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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