Give Clean Water to Rweshama Tatu Village

Clean Water for Rweshama Tatu Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 262 people (50 families)

Project funded

This water project was generously sponsored by

“We walk and rest along the way, going and coming back.” - Florence, mother of four

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Life in Rweshama Tatu: Florence’s Story

The large, yellow container balances on top of her head. The mother of four stops for a rest and hopes her daughters will not have to make the same journey. During the walk, Florence thinks almost only of her children.

Florence Nyamwiza walks 10 miles each day to gather water for her family of six. She wakes up at 5 a.m. to get back before 2 p.m. Most days, her husband, Justus, makes the trip with her.

Florence Nyamwiza walks 10 miles each day to gather water for her family of six. She wakes up at 5 a.m. to get back before 2 p.m. Most days, her husband, Justus, makes the trip with her.

Despite the sweltering journey and hard work on their farm, they do not bathe.

“The water would be gone before we could cook any food with it,” she said.

Right now, their greatest threat is waterborne disease. The pond makes the family sick, and the cost of treatment depletes their income.

Their oldest child is six years old and about to start school. Florence and Justus plan to do whatever it takes to give all of their children an education.

“When our children start school, we shall work extra hard to push them as far as we can in school,” she said. “The biggest challenge to their future is that money that would pay their school fees keeps going to treatment for waterborne diseases.”

Because both parents spend so much time walking for water, they have far less time to work in their farm. The result is only one meal a day for everyone. Many families in Rweshama Tatu are experiencing the same hardships.

“We don’t have enough time during the day to produce enough food for the family,” Justus said.

Despite the sweltering journey and hard work on their farm, they do not bathe.

“The water would be gone before we could cook any food with it,” she said.

Right now, their greatest threat is waterborne disease. The pond makes the family sick, and the cost of treatment depletes their income.
Their oldest child is six years old and about to start school. Florence and Justus plan to do whatever it takes to give all of their children an education.

“When our children start school, we shall work extra hard to push them as far as we can in school,” she said. “The biggest challenge to their future is that money that would pay their school fees keeps going to treatment for waterborne diseases.”

Because both parents spend so much time walking for water, they have far less time to work in their farm. The result is only one meal a day for everyone. Many families in Rweshama Tatu are experiencing the same hardships.

“We don’t have enough time during the day to produce enough food for the family,” Justus said.

You can help Rweshama Tatu 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. With clean, accessible water, Florence’s family can thrive as God intends.

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 Rweshama Tatu village today.

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May 2, 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.

April 23, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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 09, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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.

March 08, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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.

January 11, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

December 19, 2018: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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
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water project, you'll receive:

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Life in Rweshama Tatu: Florence’s Story

The large, yellow container balances on top of her head. The mother of four stops for a rest and hopes her daughters will not have to make the same journey. During the walk, Florence thinks almost only of her children.

Florence Nyamwiza walks 10 miles each day to gather water for her family of six. She wakes up at 5 a.m. to get back before 2 p.m. Most days, her husband, Justus, makes the trip with her.

Florence Nyamwiza walks 10 miles each day to gather water for her family of six. She wakes up at 5 a.m. to get back before 2 p.m. Most days, her husband, Justus, makes the trip with her.

Despite the sweltering journey and hard work on their farm, they do not bathe.

“The water would be gone before we could cook any food with it,” she said.

Right now, their greatest threat is waterborne disease. The pond makes the family sick, and the cost of treatment depletes their income.

Their oldest child is six years old and about to start school. Florence and Justus plan to do whatever it takes to give all of their children an education.

“When our children start school, we shall work extra hard to push them as far as we can in school,” she said. “The biggest challenge to their future is that money that would pay their school fees keeps going to treatment for waterborne diseases.”

Because both parents spend so much time walking for water, they have far less time to work in their farm. The result is only one meal a day for everyone. Many families in Rweshama Tatu are experiencing the same hardships.

“We don’t have enough time during the day to produce enough food for the family,” Justus said.

Despite the sweltering journey and hard work on their farm, they do not bathe.

“The water would be gone before we could cook any food with it,” she said.

Right now, their greatest threat is waterborne disease. The pond makes the family sick, and the cost of treatment depletes their income.
Their oldest child is six years old and about to start school. Florence and Justus plan to do whatever it takes to give all of their children an education.

“When our children start school, we shall work extra hard to push them as far as we can in school,” she said. “The biggest challenge to their future is that money that would pay their school fees keeps going to treatment for waterborne diseases.”

Because both parents spend so much time walking for water, they have far less time to work in their farm. The result is only one meal a day for everyone. Many families in Rweshama Tatu are experiencing the same hardships.

“We don’t have enough time during the day to produce enough food for the family,” Justus said.

You can help Rweshama Tatu 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. With clean, accessible water, Florence’s family can thrive as God intends.

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 Rweshama Tatu village today.

Read More
May 2, 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.

April 23, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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 09, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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.

March 08, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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.

January 11, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

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

December 19, 2018: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rweshama Tatu! 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
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    Community Prerequisites Met

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    Village Has Safe Water Source

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Meet the Team

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

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

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