Clean Water to Rugarama Village

Previous water source (L), newly completed water source (R)

Clean Water for Rugarama Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 225 people (50 families)

Completed on April 30, 2019

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Life in Rugarama: Eseza’s Story

The Nakakawa family is determined to keep their children in school, but they are sick constantly. Medication takes most of the family’s profits each month, and the children miss school for months at a time.

Eseza and her five children live in Rugarama village, Ethiopia. She and her husband grow beans and corn to eat and sell for their children’s’ medical expenses and school fees.

At 5 a.m., Eseza and her 13-year-old daughter, Evelyn, walk to the stream to fetch the day’s water. But, the water makes them sick.

“If you are sick… you don’t work, you have nothing to eat. You can’t educate your children and you start asking yourself why you should keep suffering,” she said. “But, I think about their future, and I keep going.”

Evelyn recently recovered from bouts of cholera and typhoid, two water-borne illnesses that can be fatal when left untreated.

“I want to be like women who drive cars one day,” Evelyn said.

To get out of poverty, Evelyn knows she must stay in school, but frequent illness prevents her.

“I think safe water would solve many of our problems,” Eseza said. “Maybe we can even save the money that goes to doctors and put it towards other things?”

You can help Eseza’s children and other families in Rugarama 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. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. With clean water, Eseza’s children can spend more time in school.

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 Rugarama village today.

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April 30, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Rugarama!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

March 18, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Rugarama. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

March 11, 2019: 8 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 8 new Healthy Homes in Rugarama! 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.

February 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Rugarama has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Rugarama 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.

December 18, 2018: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Rugarama! 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 30, 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 Rugarama: Eseza’s Story

The Nakakawa family is determined to keep their children in school, but they are sick constantly. Medication takes most of the family’s profits each month, and the children miss school for months at a time.

Eseza and her five children live in Rugarama village, Ethiopia. She and her husband grow beans and corn to eat and sell for their children’s’ medical expenses and school fees.

At 5 a.m., Eseza and her 13-year-old daughter, Evelyn, walk to the stream to fetch the day’s water. But, the water makes them sick.

“If you are sick… you don’t work, you have nothing to eat. You can’t educate your children and you start asking yourself why you should keep suffering,” she said. “But, I think about their future, and I keep going.”

Evelyn recently recovered from bouts of cholera and typhoid, two water-borne illnesses that can be fatal when left untreated.

“I want to be like women who drive cars one day,” Evelyn said.

To get out of poverty, Evelyn knows she must stay in school, but frequent illness prevents her.

“I think safe water would solve many of our problems,” Eseza said. “Maybe we can even save the money that goes to doctors and put it towards other things?”

You can help Eseza’s children and other families in Rugarama 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. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone. With clean water, Eseza’s children can spend more time in school.

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 Rugarama village today.

Read More
April 30, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Rugarama!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

March 18, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Rugarama. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

March 11, 2019: 8 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 8 new Healthy Homes in Rugarama! 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.

February 25, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Rugarama has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

January 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Rugarama 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.

December 18, 2018: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Rugarama! 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 30, 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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11/27/2018

Hello, I was so happy to meet some of you in the Kampala and Mayuge offices, and see your villages, while in Uganda last month! You were so friendly and informative! It was a thrill of a lifetime to see first-hand the work being done by Lifewater! Thank you for your service! You are making our world a better place! And today I am happy to sponsor a village with my friends and family - Rugarama! The goal is about 2/3 achieved. Hopefully by the end the day our goal for full support will be met! Thank you again for all you do! Hugs to you - Pamela Ashe

11/27/2018

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