Give Clean Water to Omukikoona Village

Give Clean Water to Omukikoona Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 218 people (46 families)

Project funded

“[With clean water], wouldn’t we escape the poverty that has held our community captive for so long?” - Steven, father of six

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Life in Omukikoona: Steven’s Story

Steven Kibuha and his children have an affection for one another apparent in their joking, their ever-present smiles, and their support for one another.

Steven, his wife, and their six children live in Omukikoona village, where safe water is inaccessible and families spend up to half of their harvest incomes on treatment for waterborne illnesses.

The pond that provides water to Omukikoona village is a four-hour journey on Steven’s bicycle. When it rains, contaminants like mud and feces run into the pond.

“The children vomit and suffer a lot, and when we fall sick, all our income is spent on medication which keeps us poor,” he said.

Gathering water takes up to half the day, so Steven has to balance time between tending to his farm and filling his containers at the pond. When there isn’t enough water for cooking, his family goes to sleep hungry.

Bathing and doing laundry are luxuries that many cannot afford.

“There was a time I failed to go to church because there was no clean clothes to wear,” he said. “And, as a Christian, that incident made me very sad.”

Despite these hardships, the family remains hopeful for the future and grateful for one another.

“If the water situation was solved, we would have enough income to educate our children in the hope that they don’t suffer as we have… wouldn’t we escape the poverty that has held our community captive for so long?” he said.

You can help families in Omukikoona 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, Steven’s son, Kiiza, 15, can pursue his dream of becoming a mechanic. Everyone can begin thriving as God intends.

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 Omukikoona village today.

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May 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 04, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Omukikoona! 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 23, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Omukikoona! 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 09, 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 Omukikoona: Steven’s Story

Steven Kibuha and his children have an affection for one another apparent in their joking, their ever-present smiles, and their support for one another.

Steven, his wife, and their six children live in Omukikoona village, where safe water is inaccessible and families spend up to half of their harvest incomes on treatment for waterborne illnesses.

The pond that provides water to Omukikoona village is a four-hour journey on Steven’s bicycle. When it rains, contaminants like mud and feces run into the pond.

“The children vomit and suffer a lot, and when we fall sick, all our income is spent on medication which keeps us poor,” he said.

Gathering water takes up to half the day, so Steven has to balance time between tending to his farm and filling his containers at the pond. When there isn’t enough water for cooking, his family goes to sleep hungry.

Bathing and doing laundry are luxuries that many cannot afford.

“There was a time I failed to go to church because there was no clean clothes to wear,” he said. “And, as a Christian, that incident made me very sad.”

Despite these hardships, the family remains hopeful for the future and grateful for one another.

“If the water situation was solved, we would have enough income to educate our children in the hope that they don’t suffer as we have… wouldn’t we escape the poverty that has held our community captive for so long?” he said.

You can help families in Omukikoona 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, Steven’s son, Kiiza, 15, can pursue his dream of becoming a mechanic. Everyone can begin thriving as God intends.

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 Omukikoona village today.

Read More
May 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 04, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Omukikoona! 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 23, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Omukikoona! 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 09, 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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Project Milestones

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    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

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    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.

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

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