Give Clean Water to Rwengali Village

Clean Water for Rwengali Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 276 people (52 families)

Project funded

“I once went to fetch water only to notice human waste right inside the water.” - Tumwebaze, father of six

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Life in Rwengali: Tumwebaze’s Story

With three children of their own and three others under their guardianship, Tumwebaze and his wife, Jasenta, have a home buzzing with laughter and the patter of playful feet.

The couple has a farm in remote Rwengali village, and theirs is one of the largest farms in their community. But, with the fall in harvest profit and the ever-increasing water problem, Tumwebaze has begun to slip into a state of panic.

Each morning, the four eldest children wake at 6 a.m. to gather the day’s water from a pond miles from their home. Sometimes, Tumwebaze goes with them.

“I once went to fetch water only to notice human waste right inside the water,” Tumwebaze said. “I’ve failed to get that image out of my mind.”

The water is toxic, badly polluted, and it’s making everyone in Rwengali dangerously ill.

Since falling severely ill and exhausting their savings on medication, the couple can’t afford school fees, and all six children have had to drop out.

“There was a time when almost all our children fell sick, and I wondered if I could survive that,” the father of six said.

Even when the family could afford the school fees, illness caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water led to the children missing school for two months at a time.

Tumwebaze is a humble man, gentle and continually worried about the future of his children and wife.

His five-year-old daughter, Blessing, mimics the gentle spirit of her father, and he adores her. His greatest dream is to see her through school, but for now, he doesn’t know how to make it a reality.

“It makes it hard for a parent to remain hopeful,” Tumwebaze said.

You can help Tumwebaze and others in Rwengali 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 Rwengali village today.

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May 13, 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 08, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwengali! 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 31, 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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    Updates from the field

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Latest Project News

Life in Rwengali: Tumwebaze’s Story

With three children of their own and three others under their guardianship, Tumwebaze and his wife, Jasenta, have a home buzzing with laughter and the patter of playful feet.

The couple has a farm in remote Rwengali village, and theirs is one of the largest farms in their community. But, with the fall in harvest profit and the ever-increasing water problem, Tumwebaze has begun to slip into a state of panic.

Each morning, the four eldest children wake at 6 a.m. to gather the day’s water from a pond miles from their home. Sometimes, Tumwebaze goes with them.

“I once went to fetch water only to notice human waste right inside the water,” Tumwebaze said. “I’ve failed to get that image out of my mind.”

The water is toxic, badly polluted, and it’s making everyone in Rwengali dangerously ill.

Since falling severely ill and exhausting their savings on medication, the couple can’t afford school fees, and all six children have had to drop out.

“There was a time when almost all our children fell sick, and I wondered if I could survive that,” the father of six said.

Even when the family could afford the school fees, illness caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water led to the children missing school for two months at a time.

Tumwebaze is a humble man, gentle and continually worried about the future of his children and wife.

His five-year-old daughter, Blessing, mimics the gentle spirit of her father, and he adores her. His greatest dream is to see her through school, but for now, he doesn’t know how to make it a reality.

“It makes it hard for a parent to remain hopeful,” Tumwebaze said.

You can help Tumwebaze and others in Rwengali 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 Rwengali village today.

Read More
May 13, 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 08, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwengali! 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 31, 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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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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Meet the Team

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

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

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