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Clean Water for Nabitende Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 387 people (64 families)

Project funded

“Water would help us build stronger and more united families.” - Maria, mother of three

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Life in Nabitende: Maria’s Story

At 5 a.m., Maria Ayanga grabs hold of her plastic, yellow container and begins her walk to the village well. It’s still cool and grey out at that hour, and Maria’s three children are sound asleep.

Her arms and chest are sore from carrying water the day before, and she tries not to think about what lies in the day ahead. Undoubtedly, it will be three long trips to the overcrowded well over a mile from her home.

“One of our biggest dreams is to be a united community with a common vision for the future,” she said.

Maria has three children with her husband, Andrew, and they live in a small home in Nabitende village. The community has done their best to care for the well nearby, but it is extremely overcrowded, and fights break out every day.

The average wait time has grown to 1.5 hours for a single container of water.

“I would like to grow potatoes and rice, engage in trade, and make my crafts in my spare time to boost my income,” Maria said. “Many in this group have ideas but they are put on hold because there is no time; we hope that will change.”

Maria can almost never get as much water as she needs in a day, and the children usually go without bathing. They’ve been sent home from school for lack of hygiene more times than she can count.

“The number of children dropping out of school doesn’t provide a good future for this community,” she said. “When we get water, we can work more and educate them to the university level.”

Maria tries to be light-hearted about the water problem in her community.

“Water would help us build stronger and more united families, which would make our community stronger,” she said. “It will stop all the fighting.”

You can help Maria’s family and others in Nabitende 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 Nabitende village today.

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September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

June 28, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Nabitende 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.

June 20, 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 22, 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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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 Nabitende: Maria’s Story

At 5 a.m., Maria Ayanga grabs hold of her plastic, yellow container and begins her walk to the village well. It’s still cool and grey out at that hour, and Maria’s three children are sound asleep.

Her arms and chest are sore from carrying water the day before, and she tries not to think about what lies in the day ahead. Undoubtedly, it will be three long trips to the overcrowded well over a mile from her home.

“One of our biggest dreams is to be a united community with a common vision for the future,” she said.

Maria has three children with her husband, Andrew, and they live in a small home in Nabitende village. The community has done their best to care for the well nearby, but it is extremely overcrowded, and fights break out every day.

The average wait time has grown to 1.5 hours for a single container of water.

“I would like to grow potatoes and rice, engage in trade, and make my crafts in my spare time to boost my income,” Maria said. “Many in this group have ideas but they are put on hold because there is no time; we hope that will change.”

Maria can almost never get as much water as she needs in a day, and the children usually go without bathing. They’ve been sent home from school for lack of hygiene more times than she can count.

“The number of children dropping out of school doesn’t provide a good future for this community,” she said. “When we get water, we can work more and educate them to the university level.”

Maria tries to be light-hearted about the water problem in her community.

“Water would help us build stronger and more united families, which would make our community stronger,” she said. “It will stop all the fighting.”

You can help Maria’s family and others in Nabitende 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 Nabitende village today.

Read More
September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

June 28, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Nabitende 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.

June 20, 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 22, 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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Meet the Team

Lifewater field staff walk alongside each family in all our program regions with persistence, humility, and courage.

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

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