Rwebiyonga Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Rwebiyonga, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0084, 31.3832

181 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

Life in Rwebiyonga: Scovia’s Story

It is while boiling and sieving the swamp water that Scovia dreams of her children’s futures the most. Worms are caught in the strainer. Scovia dumps them out quickly. Perhaps my kids will be doctors and nurses, she thinks.

Scovia Zawedde lives with her husband and eight children in Rwebiyonga village. When the nearby pond dries up, everyone gathers water from a swamp where people wash their motorcycles.

Typhoid and cholera, both water-related diseases, are common in Rwebiyonga village. When cholera is not treated right away, it is fatal. However, treating these diseases is costly for a family making only a few dollars a day.

At $14 per child per treatment, it is an almost unbearable burden.

“I would like my daughter to study to become a doctor because that way she can make society healthier,” she said. “But, the water situation takes away money that would pay her tuition.”

Scovia worries that her children will have to drop out of school.

“We struggle to raise money to keep them there and it would be a loss if we were to fail to push them far enough,” she said.

With safe water, Scovia and her husband would be able to save money and raise cows.

“One cow would earn us more than what we make from a season’s harvest,” she said. “That would be a good way to secure our children’s futures through education.”

Without safe water, her community will remain impoverished, and her children sick.

“How do we develop? I can’t see it happening with this water situation that keeps us sick, weak, unhealthy, and uneducated,” she said. “We are unable to educate the children because we spend almost all our earnings to keep them alive and healthy.”

She holds on to her hope for the future and prays for safe water.

“Maybe God will use you to bless us,” she said. “If that happens, it will be our prayer than He blesses you greatly.”

You can help Rwebiyonga 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.

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 Rwebiyonga village today.

May 28, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Rwebiyonga! 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 16, 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.

March 14, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwebiyonga! 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 26, 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

Rwebiyonga 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 Rwebiyonga:

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

Rwebiyonga 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 Rwebiyonga 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! Rwebiyonga 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 181 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Rwebiyonga: Scovia’s Story

It is while boiling and sieving the swamp water that Scovia dreams of her children’s futures the most. Worms are caught in the strainer. Scovia dumps them out quickly. Perhaps my kids will be doctors and nurses, she thinks.

Scovia Zawedde lives with her husband and eight children in Rwebiyonga village. When the nearby pond dries up, everyone gathers water from a swamp where people wash their motorcycles.

Typhoid and cholera, both water-related diseases, are common in Rwebiyonga village. When cholera is not treated right away, it is fatal. However, treating these diseases is costly for a family making only a few dollars a day.

At $14 per child per treatment, it is an almost unbearable burden.

“I would like my daughter to study to become a doctor because that way she can make society healthier,” she said. “But, the water situation takes away money that would pay her tuition.”

Scovia worries that her children will have to drop out of school.

“We struggle to raise money to keep them there and it would be a loss if we were to fail to push them far enough,” she said.

With safe water, Scovia and her husband would be able to save money and raise cows.

“One cow would earn us more than what we make from a season’s harvest,” she said. “That would be a good way to secure our children’s futures through education.”

Without safe water, her community will remain impoverished, and her children sick.

“How do we develop? I can’t see it happening with this water situation that keeps us sick, weak, unhealthy, and uneducated,” she said. “We are unable to educate the children because we spend almost all our earnings to keep them alive and healthy.”

She holds on to her hope for the future and prays for safe water.

“Maybe God will use you to bless us,” she said. “If that happens, it will be our prayer than He blesses you greatly.”

You can help Rwebiyonga 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.

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 Rwebiyonga village today.

Updates

May 28, 2019: 6 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 6 new Healthy Homes in Rwebiyonga! 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 16, 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.

March 14, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwebiyonga! 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 26, 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

Rwebiyonga 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 Rwebiyonga:

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

Rwebiyonga 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 Rwebiyonga 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! Rwebiyonga 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 181 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved