Rwenswa Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Rwenswa, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0754, 31.4297

207 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 6
  • Plan

Life in Rwenswa: Edvin’s Story

As we arrived at the home of Edvin and her husband, Deogracius, he spotted us through the thick trees and let out a unique call to his wife, a sound that the two shared just among themselves.

She had been working in her garden, and she emerged from behind the home with her arms covered in mud. After changing, she came outside, gleefully holding out a guest book for us to sign.

With their children grown and moved away, it is just the two of them now, and they take care of one another.

Edvin is an energetic woman beaming with hospitality, but conversation about her village’s water problem dampens her smile.

When the one, privately-owned pond dries up each year, she and her husband walk six hours to Mpongo village to gather from a swamp.

“We measure it in cups to use; bathing takes two cups and cooking and such,” she said. “There have been days when we were too weak to make the journey and it had to last us.”

The water, she says, is so contaminated that they mix it with tea leaves when boiling it to make it drinkable. Even then, they close their eyes and swallow it quickly.

Now, even when the nearby swamp is not dried up, Edvin and her husband avoid it. Fights break out over the water, and the owner charges such a high price that she and her husband can’t afford to use it.

“That water was so dirty that we had to extract it using cloths,” she added.

“But, we thank God for our children; they do help us buy water when the situation gets worse,” she said.

“If we had not educated our children—and it was extremely hard since they kept falling ill from typhoid—we would be in trouble,” she said.

Typhoid is a waterborne illness known to be debilitating and even fatal when left untreated, and it’s common in Rwenswa village.

You can help Edvin’s family and others in Rwenswa 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 Rwenswa village today.

May 21, 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.

June 25, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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 28, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

April 16, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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 17, 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

Rwenswa 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 Rwenswa:

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

Rwenswa 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 Rwenswa 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! Rwenswa 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 207 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Rwenswa: Edvin’s Story

As we arrived at the home of Edvin and her husband, Deogracius, he spotted us through the thick trees and let out a unique call to his wife, a sound that the two shared just among themselves.

She had been working in her garden, and she emerged from behind the home with her arms covered in mud. After changing, she came outside, gleefully holding out a guest book for us to sign.

With their children grown and moved away, it is just the two of them now, and they take care of one another.

Edvin is an energetic woman beaming with hospitality, but conversation about her village’s water problem dampens her smile.

When the one, privately-owned pond dries up each year, she and her husband walk six hours to Mpongo village to gather from a swamp.

“We measure it in cups to use; bathing takes two cups and cooking and such,” she said. “There have been days when we were too weak to make the journey and it had to last us.”

The water, she says, is so contaminated that they mix it with tea leaves when boiling it to make it drinkable. Even then, they close their eyes and swallow it quickly.

Now, even when the nearby swamp is not dried up, Edvin and her husband avoid it. Fights break out over the water, and the owner charges such a high price that she and her husband can’t afford to use it.

“That water was so dirty that we had to extract it using cloths,” she added.

“But, we thank God for our children; they do help us buy water when the situation gets worse,” she said.

“If we had not educated our children—and it was extremely hard since they kept falling ill from typhoid—we would be in trouble,” she said.

Typhoid is a waterborne illness known to be debilitating and even fatal when left untreated, and it’s common in Rwenswa village.

You can help Edvin’s family and others in Rwenswa 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 Rwenswa village today.

Updates

May 21, 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.

June 25, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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 28, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

April 16, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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 17, 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

Rwenswa 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 Rwenswa:

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

Rwenswa 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 Rwenswa 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! Rwenswa 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 207 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved