Tibihwa Village
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“To us, having safe water would represent almost everything good.” - Joventa, Mel’s grandmother

Village Water Project

Tibihwa, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0348, 31.3842

258 people

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

Life in Tibihwa: Mel’s Story

Mel Ainembabazi wanted to be a nurse when she was younger. At 18 years of age, she spends her days walking the dirt paths in Tibihwa village rather than the linoleum floors of a Ugandan hospital.

Nevertheless, her compassion for others mimics that of a fine nurse.

Each day, Mel makes a trip to the village pond, a 4-minute walk from her grandmother’s home. It is just her and Grandmother Joventa now, and caring for one another is their greatest priority.

Grandmother Joventa had a stroke last year and now walks with a cane.

“I’m already unwell and I fear taking this water because it adds to more diseases that makes my situation worse,” Joventa said. “Our water is stagnant and impure.”

Joventa praises God each day for her granddaughter. When her husband, Mels’ grandfather, passed away, Mel was forced to drop out of school because the family could no longer afford her school fees. Since then, Mel does everything for her grandmother.

“I don’t know how I would cope with water situation and all if my granddaughter wasn’t here with me,” Joventa said.

Joventa is one of many vulnerable people in Tibihwa village whose poverty is made more desperate because of unsafe water.

“Many people who are served by the same water source experience typhoid and dysentery, yet health centers are far without any convenient means of transportation,” she said. “We have only survived this by the grace of God.”

According to Joventa and her granddaughter, everyone wishes to be healthy, to send their children to school, and to live without fear of unsafe water.

“To us, having safe water would represent almost everything good,” Joventa said.

You can help Joventa, Mel, and others in Tibihwa 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 Tibihwa village today.

May 17, 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.

May 28, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Tibihwa! 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 24, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Tibihwa! 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 30, 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

Tibihwa 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 Tibihwa:

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

Tibihwa 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 Tibihwa 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! Tibihwa 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 258 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Tibihwa: Mel’s Story

Mel Ainembabazi wanted to be a nurse when she was younger. At 18 years of age, she spends her days walking the dirt paths in Tibihwa village rather than the linoleum floors of a Ugandan hospital.

Nevertheless, her compassion for others mimics that of a fine nurse.

Each day, Mel makes a trip to the village pond, a 4-minute walk from her grandmother’s home. It is just her and Grandmother Joventa now, and caring for one another is their greatest priority.

Grandmother Joventa had a stroke last year and now walks with a cane.

“I’m already unwell and I fear taking this water because it adds to more diseases that makes my situation worse,” Joventa said. “Our water is stagnant and impure.”

Joventa praises God each day for her granddaughter. When her husband, Mels’ grandfather, passed away, Mel was forced to drop out of school because the family could no longer afford her school fees. Since then, Mel does everything for her grandmother.

“I don’t know how I would cope with water situation and all if my granddaughter wasn’t here with me,” Joventa said.

Joventa is one of many vulnerable people in Tibihwa village whose poverty is made more desperate because of unsafe water.

“Many people who are served by the same water source experience typhoid and dysentery, yet health centers are far without any convenient means of transportation,” she said. “We have only survived this by the grace of God.”

According to Joventa and her granddaughter, everyone wishes to be healthy, to send their children to school, and to live without fear of unsafe water.

“To us, having safe water would represent almost everything good,” Joventa said.

You can help Joventa, Mel, and others in Tibihwa 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 Tibihwa village today.

Updates

May 17, 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.

May 28, 2019: 7 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 7 new Healthy Homes in Tibihwa! 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 24, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Tibihwa! 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 30, 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

Tibihwa 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 Tibihwa:

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

Tibihwa 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 Tibihwa 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! Tibihwa 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 258 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved