Give Clean Water to Rugarama Village

Give Clean Water to Rugarama Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 225 people (50 families)

“If you are sick you don’t work… you start asking yourself why you should keep suffering.” - Eseza, mother of five

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Current water source

“If you are sick you don’t work… you start asking yourself why you should keep suffering.” - Eseza, mother of five

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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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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 26, 2018: Project Created
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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
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 26, 2018: Project Created
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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

  • Project Ready

    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

  • Healthy Village

    Healthy Village

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

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Peter

Batambuze

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Peninah

Natukunda

Accounts Assistant

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Lucy

Asimo

Cashier

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Brian

Oketha

WASH Technician

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Charles

Emegu

Junior WASH Technician

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Louis

Kasadha

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

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God bless and keep each and every one of you!!!

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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