Nambula Emu Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Nambula Emu, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.044, 33.4787

325 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

Life in Nambula Emu: Peter’s Story

Peter doesn’t know how he went blind. It started gradually, then all at once. One morning, he found that he could no longer do things on his own. He would need the help of his wife, children, and neighbors ever day afterwards.

Peter, his wife, Florence, and their five children live in Nambula Emu village, a community that relies on a pond and a faraway well for water.

When we met Peter, he was sitting in the shade of ripe mango tree. Community members say Peter never forgets a name and that he spends his days checking in on his neighbors and making them laugh.

“I’m a happy man by nature,” he said. “But this water situation depresses me, especially because there is nothing I can do about it.”

The well is two hours away in another village. Children who draw water from it return home very late, risking kidnapping and attack on their walks home. On days when they get back from school too late, they don’t go to the well. As a result, they go in the morning, missing school to make the journey.

“I’m blessed with clever children whose future would, in an ideal world, be bright,” Peter said. “I would like to go to my grave one day knowing that we have done our best to leave them in a better place than they found us in.”

Education is the only way. But without safe water, it is very difficult to guarantee their education.

“I have a paralyzing fear for them when they fetch water, and having our own well would deliver me from that fear,” he said.
Peter has attempted to gather water himself, but without his sight, it is almost impossible.

The community uses well water for drinking and the nearby swamp water for all other needs.

“I suffer a lot from thirst,” he said. “When my people are working and I’m left alone at home, I have to wait for them since I cannot tell the difference between the one from the swamp and the well; if there was a well nearby, I could get water from there myself.”

You can help Peter’s family and others in Nambula Emu 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 Nambula Emu village today.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 3, 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.

June 27, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Nambula Emu 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.

March 13, 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

Nambula Emu 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 Nambula Emu:

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

Nambula Emu 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 Nambula Emu 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! Nambula Emu 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 325 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Nambula Emu: Peter’s Story

Peter doesn’t know how he went blind. It started gradually, then all at once. One morning, he found that he could no longer do things on his own. He would need the help of his wife, children, and neighbors ever day afterwards.

Peter, his wife, Florence, and their five children live in Nambula Emu village, a community that relies on a pond and a faraway well for water.

When we met Peter, he was sitting in the shade of ripe mango tree. Community members say Peter never forgets a name and that he spends his days checking in on his neighbors and making them laugh.

“I’m a happy man by nature,” he said. “But this water situation depresses me, especially because there is nothing I can do about it.”

The well is two hours away in another village. Children who draw water from it return home very late, risking kidnapping and attack on their walks home. On days when they get back from school too late, they don’t go to the well. As a result, they go in the morning, missing school to make the journey.

“I’m blessed with clever children whose future would, in an ideal world, be bright,” Peter said. “I would like to go to my grave one day knowing that we have done our best to leave them in a better place than they found us in.”

Education is the only way. But without safe water, it is very difficult to guarantee their education.

“I have a paralyzing fear for them when they fetch water, and having our own well would deliver me from that fear,” he said.
Peter has attempted to gather water himself, but without his sight, it is almost impossible.

The community uses well water for drinking and the nearby swamp water for all other needs.

“I suffer a lot from thirst,” he said. “When my people are working and I’m left alone at home, I have to wait for them since I cannot tell the difference between the one from the swamp and the well; if there was a well nearby, I could get water from there myself.”

You can help Peter’s family and others in Nambula Emu 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 Nambula Emu village today.

Updates

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 3, 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.

June 27, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Nambula Emu 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.

March 13, 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

Nambula Emu 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 Nambula Emu:

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

Nambula Emu 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 Nambula Emu 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! Nambula Emu 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 325 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved