Give Clean Water to Namuzigo Budamba Village

Give Clean Water to Namuzigo Budamba Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 408 people (74 families)

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“The hope of getting a well has kept us going.” - Sumaya, mother of 7

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Life in Namuzigo Budamba: Sumaya’s Story

Two weeks before we met Sumaya, she was Sumaya was tending to her farm when she saw her 7-year-old, Beatrice, emerge from the surrounding cotton plantations. Beatrice was sent home from school for lack of tuition payments.

She and her husband had spent all their money on medical treatment for waterborne illness. There was nothing left for school fees. This, she says, is why they need safe water.

Sumaya lives in Namuzigo Budamba village with her husband and seven children. She makes three trips to the pond each day to gather water.

There is a well nearby, but it’s so crowded, and fist fights break out there every day. According to Sumaya, people are just trying to survive. They need water quickly to get back to work, and the strain of poverty increases the fighting.

Still, it is not a safe place for Sumaya or her children, so they rely on the pond.

The pond water makes her children sick with waterborne diseases. According to Sumaya, one of the biggest problems in the community is infant mortality. Without proper sanitation, hygiene, and safe water, the children of Namuzigo Budamba village are in danger.

Her comments were met with deep sadness on the faces of the mothers who sat around her.

Sumaya, ever optimistic, said, “The hope of getting a well has kept us going.”

She hopes that her children will be able to live healthy lives one day, study up to the university level, and contribute to the world.

“That can only happen if we are able to work hard and keep them in school,” Sumaya said. “But working hard will depend on the time saved from fetching water.”

“We are more hopeful than ever before that all this water-related suffering we have endured will soon be in our past,” she added.

You can help Sumaya’s family and others in Namuzigo Budamba 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 Namuzigo Budamba village today.

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June 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.

February 15, 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 Namuzigo Budamba: Sumaya’s Story

Two weeks before we met Sumaya, she was Sumaya was tending to her farm when she saw her 7-year-old, Beatrice, emerge from the surrounding cotton plantations. Beatrice was sent home from school for lack of tuition payments.

She and her husband had spent all their money on medical treatment for waterborne illness. There was nothing left for school fees. This, she says, is why they need safe water.

Sumaya lives in Namuzigo Budamba village with her husband and seven children. She makes three trips to the pond each day to gather water.

There is a well nearby, but it’s so crowded, and fist fights break out there every day. According to Sumaya, people are just trying to survive. They need water quickly to get back to work, and the strain of poverty increases the fighting.

Still, it is not a safe place for Sumaya or her children, so they rely on the pond.

The pond water makes her children sick with waterborne diseases. According to Sumaya, one of the biggest problems in the community is infant mortality. Without proper sanitation, hygiene, and safe water, the children of Namuzigo Budamba village are in danger.

Her comments were met with deep sadness on the faces of the mothers who sat around her.

Sumaya, ever optimistic, said, “The hope of getting a well has kept us going.”

She hopes that her children will be able to live healthy lives one day, study up to the university level, and contribute to the world.

“That can only happen if we are able to work hard and keep them in school,” Sumaya said. “But working hard will depend on the time saved from fetching water.”

“We are more hopeful than ever before that all this water-related suffering we have endured will soon be in our past,” she added.

You can help Sumaya’s family and others in Namuzigo Budamba 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 Namuzigo Budamba village today.

Read More
June 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.

February 15, 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

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

  • Project Ready

    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

  • 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.

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

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