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Clean Water for Tuhumwire Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 288 people (62 families)

Project funded

“My child sometimes misses school for an entire week due to water-related diseases.” - Hope, mother of four

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Life in Tuhumwire: Hope’s Story

In Uganda, doctors prioritize treatment based on who can afford their services. Families like Hope’s—who battle extreme poverty and frequent illness—are often unable to receive medical services quickly. Years ago, Hope’s 1-year-old child died because her family could not pay.

In Tuhumwire village, Hope, her husband, and their four children farm corn, beans, and sweet potatoes. They gather their water from a nearby swamp each day at 6 a.m.

“Cattle and other animals drink water from there; taxi operators wash their motorcycles there,” she said. “People step inside to fetch it. It is very unsafe for consumption… but it’s our only water source.”

Children suffer stomachaches, dehydration, and malnutrition from the unsanitary environment and contaminated water. Parents worry for their children’s futures.

“My child sometimes misses school for an entire week due to water-related diseases,” Hope said. “Missing all those school days inevitably makes her academic future uncertain and, with it, any chance of breaking through the cycle we live in.”

Hope is still mourning the death of her young. Since then, she has put all her energy into keeping the ones she has alive and, hopefully, educated.

“The water situation is our biggest problem now, but having safe water would mean we are healthy enough to work hard, save, and take our children to school,” she said.

You can help Hope’s family and all of Tuhumwire village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, 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.

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 Tuhumwire village today.

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August 7, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Tuhumwire. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

August 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Tuhumwire has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

July 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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.

June 25, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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 29, 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: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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 18, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Tuhumwire has selected water committee members to manage the new 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.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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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Life in Tuhumwire: Hope’s Story

In Uganda, doctors prioritize treatment based on who can afford their services. Families like Hope’s—who battle extreme poverty and frequent illness—are often unable to receive medical services quickly. Years ago, Hope’s 1-year-old child died because her family could not pay.

In Tuhumwire village, Hope, her husband, and their four children farm corn, beans, and sweet potatoes. They gather their water from a nearby swamp each day at 6 a.m.

“Cattle and other animals drink water from there; taxi operators wash their motorcycles there,” she said. “People step inside to fetch it. It is very unsafe for consumption… but it’s our only water source.”

Children suffer stomachaches, dehydration, and malnutrition from the unsanitary environment and contaminated water. Parents worry for their children’s futures.

“My child sometimes misses school for an entire week due to water-related diseases,” Hope said. “Missing all those school days inevitably makes her academic future uncertain and, with it, any chance of breaking through the cycle we live in.”

Hope is still mourning the death of her young. Since then, she has put all her energy into keeping the ones she has alive and, hopefully, educated.

“The water situation is our biggest problem now, but having safe water would mean we are healthy enough to work hard, save, and take our children to school,” she said.

You can help Hope’s family and all of Tuhumwire village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, 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.

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 Tuhumwire village today.

Read More
August 7, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Tuhumwire. Our local teams are using technology appropriate to the region and geography to ensure the new water source is sustainable.

August 7, 2019: Community Prerequisites met

Tuhumwire has completed all of the prerequisites for building a safe water source: There are already a number of Healthy Homes and an active water committee, plus the 15% community contribution is in place.

The next step is to build a safe water source. As soon as weather and scheduling allows, construction will begin on a new water source for the community.

July 19, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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.

June 25, 2019: 3 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 3 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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 29, 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: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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 18, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Tuhumwire has selected water committee members to manage the new 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.

April 09, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Tuhumwire! 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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Meet the Team

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

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

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