Give Clean Water to Nambula Emu Village

Clean Water for Nambula Emu Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 325 people (57 families)

Project funded

“I have a paralyzing fear for [my children] when they fetch water, and having our own well would deliver me from that fear.” - Peter, father of five

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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.

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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
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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.

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

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  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

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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

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

  • Healthy Village

    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.

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs and are based on the population size of the village. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need in the same program region.

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