Give Clean Water to Okoru Village

Give Clean Water to Okoru Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 269 people (54 families)

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“It is sad to realize the money is spent on treating diseases that could be avoided.” - Eseza, grandmother of eight

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Life in Okoru: Eseza’s Story

The biggest farm in Okoru village belongs to Eseza Nakalema and her family of 15. With so many hands to work the land, the family should be prosperous, but their water problem has left Eseza in a massive debt.

With so much family, there’s no end to the waterborne illness.

Each day at 6 a.m., all eight grandchildren walk to the contaminated spring to collect water and bring it back home before attending their classes. After school, they do it all again. The children tow 12 jerry cans of water each day.

Sometimes before school, Eseza goes with them to help.

“There are days when we find very many people at the spring and we spend up to three hours waiting in the long queue for our turn,” she said. “The amount of time taken could be spent on other productive work.”

Typhoid and other water-borne illnesses are rampant. Each time they go to the hospital, medication and transportation from their rural village costs the family an immense amount.

“We are forced to borrow up to $184 for medication and we must repay it with interest,” she said. “It is sad to realize the money is spent on treating diseases that could be avoided by providing clean and safe water.”
For a family living in extreme poverty, $184 is months worth of work.

The children are kind, smart, and Eseza wishes they didn’t suffer as they do from sickness and long walks for water.

You can help families in Okoru 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. With clean water, children can spend more time in school and less time sick from waterborne illness.

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 Okoru village today.

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April 23, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Okoru! 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: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Okoru! 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 19, 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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Life in Okoru: Eseza’s Story

The biggest farm in Okoru village belongs to Eseza Nakalema and her family of 15. With so many hands to work the land, the family should be prosperous, but their water problem has left Eseza in a massive debt.

With so much family, there’s no end to the waterborne illness.

Each day at 6 a.m., all eight grandchildren walk to the contaminated spring to collect water and bring it back home before attending their classes. After school, they do it all again. The children tow 12 jerry cans of water each day.

Sometimes before school, Eseza goes with them to help.

“There are days when we find very many people at the spring and we spend up to three hours waiting in the long queue for our turn,” she said. “The amount of time taken could be spent on other productive work.”

Typhoid and other water-borne illnesses are rampant. Each time they go to the hospital, medication and transportation from their rural village costs the family an immense amount.

“We are forced to borrow up to $184 for medication and we must repay it with interest,” she said. “It is sad to realize the money is spent on treating diseases that could be avoided by providing clean and safe water.”
For a family living in extreme poverty, $184 is months worth of work.

The children are kind, smart, and Eseza wishes they didn’t suffer as they do from sickness and long walks for water.

You can help families in Okoru 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. With clean water, children can spend more time in school and less time sick from waterborne illness.

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 Okoru village today.

Read More
April 23, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Okoru! 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: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Okoru! 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 19, 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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  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

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    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.

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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David

Azoora

Area Program Manager

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Charles

Emegu

Junior WASH Technician

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Yesu

Afaayo

Accounts Assistant

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Cashier

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Accounts Assistant

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Doreen

Nakacwa

Office Assistant

Joseph

Balikowa

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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