Give Clean Water to Rwebiyonga Village

Give Clean Water to Rwebiyonga Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 181 people (32 families)

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“We are unable to educate the children because we spend almost all our earnings to keep them alive and healthy.” - Scovia, mother of eight

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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.

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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
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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.

Read More
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
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  • Progress

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Meet the Team

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

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Accounts Assistant

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Yesu

Afaayo

Accounts Assistant

Charles

Emegu

Junior WASH Technician

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peter

Batambuze

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Cashier

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Doreen

Nakacwa

Office Assistant

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