Muwumba Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Muwumba, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.073, 33.3516

316 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 3
  • Plan

Life in Muwumba: Sarah’s Story

Sarah Mugala is a born leader who commands authority even with the sound of her voice. She is firm, resolute, and gentle as she shares her story.

When her husband passed away a few years ago, it was and still is her strength that helped her stand firm when suddenly, she had to raise their six children on her own.

Sarah, her children, and her grandchildren live in Muwumba village, where everyone gathers drinking water from a swamp three miles away. Sarah makes three trips to the swamp and back between her work in the garden and cooking for her family.

“I look forward to the day when all the time we spend fetching water will be dedicated to working and planning how to improve our welfare,” she said.

Community members gathered around Sarah as she shared about the water problem in Muwumba village, each person eager to nod in agreement.

“Many girls are affected because when they go for water… men take advantage of them,” she said. “My daughter got pregnant and dropped out.”

Tears filled her eyes, and she expressed the great loss she feels for her daughter.

“Many other girls face similar problems, and our hope is that it’ll stop and girls will be educated,” she said.

On top of this physical danger, the swamp is making children sick. People in Muwunda have died of waterborne disease in the past, and families spend all that they have on medication.

“Do you know what it means to fall sick so frequently that you grow tired of being sick?” she said. “Diarrhea and all those diseases have not let off on us.”

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five, and the primary causes are unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene.

Sarah said that with safe water, she can begin breeding her goats to increase her income. Right now, waterborne disease is rampant, and families sell their livestock to pay for medication.

“My biggest dream is to have a well in my village,” she said. “I have never experienced a healthy existence, and if you can make it happen, then I’ll dedicate the rest of my life praying for your blessings.”

“It is strange to imagine living healthy, but it is something I’m personally very excited about,” she added.

You can help Sarah’s family and others in Muwumba 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 Muwumba village today.

June 19, 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.

February 25, 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

Muwumba 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 Muwumba:

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

Muwumba 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 Muwumba 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! Muwumba 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 316 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Muwumba: Sarah’s Story

Sarah Mugala is a born leader who commands authority even with the sound of her voice. She is firm, resolute, and gentle as she shares her story.

When her husband passed away a few years ago, it was and still is her strength that helped her stand firm when suddenly, she had to raise their six children on her own.

Sarah, her children, and her grandchildren live in Muwumba village, where everyone gathers drinking water from a swamp three miles away. Sarah makes three trips to the swamp and back between her work in the garden and cooking for her family.

“I look forward to the day when all the time we spend fetching water will be dedicated to working and planning how to improve our welfare,” she said.

Community members gathered around Sarah as she shared about the water problem in Muwumba village, each person eager to nod in agreement.

“Many girls are affected because when they go for water… men take advantage of them,” she said. “My daughter got pregnant and dropped out.”

Tears filled her eyes, and she expressed the great loss she feels for her daughter.

“Many other girls face similar problems, and our hope is that it’ll stop and girls will be educated,” she said.

On top of this physical danger, the swamp is making children sick. People in Muwunda have died of waterborne disease in the past, and families spend all that they have on medication.

“Do you know what it means to fall sick so frequently that you grow tired of being sick?” she said. “Diarrhea and all those diseases have not let off on us.”

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five, and the primary causes are unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene.

Sarah said that with safe water, she can begin breeding her goats to increase her income. Right now, waterborne disease is rampant, and families sell their livestock to pay for medication.

“My biggest dream is to have a well in my village,” she said. “I have never experienced a healthy existence, and if you can make it happen, then I’ll dedicate the rest of my life praying for your blessings.”

“It is strange to imagine living healthy, but it is something I’m personally very excited about,” she added.

You can help Sarah’s family and others in Muwumba 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 Muwumba village today.

Updates

June 19, 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.

February 25, 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

Muwumba 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 Muwumba:

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

Muwumba 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 Muwumba 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! Muwumba 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 316 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved