Okoru Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Okoru, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0024, 31.4538

269 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 8
  • Plan

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.

July 19, 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.

May 28, 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.

May 23, 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.

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

Okoru 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 Okoru:

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

Okoru 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 Okoru 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! Okoru 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 269 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

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.

Updates

July 19, 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.

May 28, 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.

May 23, 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.

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

Plan

Okoru 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 Okoru:

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

Okoru 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 Okoru 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! Okoru 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 269 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved