Give Clean Water to Nyamirama Village

Clean Water for Nyamirama Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 300 people (52 families)

Project funded

“The little water intake has put my life and baby’s at risk, but drinking the pond water may also make us sick.” - Joyce, mother of three

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Life in Nyamirama: Joyce’s Story

Her newborn sleeps in her arms. Joyce touches the baby’s nose to her lips and whispers something of a benediction. That he would be happy, go to school, and he would not remember the hardships of unsafe water.

Since learning about the dangers of contaminated water, Joyce has taken out a loan to purchase bottled water while she is breastfeeding.

In three weeks, she has only had 1 gallon of water to drink. That’s just a few sips a day. She is weak, pale, and her newborn baby is not getting enough nutrition.

“The little water intake has put my life and baby’s at risk, but drinking the pond water may also make us sick,” she said.

Her sons, ages 11 and 8, travel to Nalongo river each day to gather water for the household. It is muddy and teeming with diseases.

The boys’ father has been absent for some time, and Joyce is unable to work as she used to.

Even if their mother could pay for their school fees, the boys would be too sick to attend. If they can’t go to school next year, she said, they will have to repeat a year or drop out entirely.

“I don’t like it that my sons are out of school, but the immediate need is safe water,” she said.

The money she set aside in case of an emergency had to be spend on medication. “One of the boys contracted typhoid and needed immediate attention that could not be postponed,” she said.

Typhoid is a waterborne illness that can be fatal when left untreated. Although unsafe water is putting Joyce’s small family into extreme poverty, she holds onto hope for her children.

You can help families in Nyamirama village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone.

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 Nyamirama village today.

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April 30, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

March 30, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Nyamirama 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.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

March 08, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

January 09, 2019: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

December 19, 2018: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

October 08, 2018: 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.

September 2018: 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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Life in Nyamirama: Joyce’s Story

Her newborn sleeps in her arms. Joyce touches the baby’s nose to her lips and whispers something of a benediction. That he would be happy, go to school, and he would not remember the hardships of unsafe water.

Since learning about the dangers of contaminated water, Joyce has taken out a loan to purchase bottled water while she is breastfeeding.

In three weeks, she has only had 1 gallon of water to drink. That’s just a few sips a day. She is weak, pale, and her newborn baby is not getting enough nutrition.

“The little water intake has put my life and baby’s at risk, but drinking the pond water may also make us sick,” she said.

Her sons, ages 11 and 8, travel to Nalongo river each day to gather water for the household. It is muddy and teeming with diseases.

The boys’ father has been absent for some time, and Joyce is unable to work as she used to.

Even if their mother could pay for their school fees, the boys would be too sick to attend. If they can’t go to school next year, she said, they will have to repeat a year or drop out entirely.

“I don’t like it that my sons are out of school, but the immediate need is safe water,” she said.

The money she set aside in case of an emergency had to be spend on medication. “One of the boys contracted typhoid and needed immediate attention that could not be postponed,” she said.

Typhoid is a waterborne illness that can be fatal when left untreated. Although unsafe water is putting Joyce’s small family into extreme poverty, she holds onto hope for her children.

You can help families in Nyamirama village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a safe water source near their village.

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone.

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 Nyamirama village today.

Read More
April 30, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

March 30, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Nyamirama 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.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

March 08, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

January 09, 2019: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

December 19, 2018: 5 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 5 new Healthy Homes in Nyamirama! 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.

October 08, 2018: 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.

September 2018: Project Ready
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When you follow or donate to this
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  • Completion

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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

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    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

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Meet the Team

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

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Doreen

Nakacwa

Office Assistant

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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