COMMUNITies TRANSFORMed BY HEALTH AND HOPE
What is a Healthy Village?
Community-led Total Sanitation
Our staff show villages how their current practices are making them sick. The process creates communities who are knowledgeable about their health and willing to make critical changes.
Trained Local Leaders
Local leaders undergo a series of trainings to become water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilitators. Once certified, they’re assigned a group of homes, and they begin teaching families how to practice life-saving healthy habits and unite for safe water.
Villages elect respected leaders responsible for collecting user fees and managing the new water source. Women are the most knowledgeable about water collection, so they hold at least 50% of the seats.
New Water Source
Once a village has reached its minimum of 90% healthy homes, the water source can begin construction. Our team engineers a custom water source for that community and construction begins.
Becoming a Healthy Village is worthy of celebration! Villages host a party and invite representatives from the government for speeches, official certificates, and dancing. Everyone shares a meal together.
With annual or biannual maintenance on Lifewater water sources, safe water keeps flowing. And, should the water source need a quick repair, community leaders have funds saved in a bank and connections to local water technicians.
Clean Water and Healthy Habits
“We are now an indirect beneficiary of what Lifewater has taught them… Similar tragedies can be avoided in the future by saving lives through more learning and changing.”
– Birobeire, Resident of Nakirimira Village, Uganda
In 2017, Birobeire buried his six-year-old son. A week later, he buried his wife. Both had symptoms of cholera for only two days before dying in Nakirimira village, Uganda.
Searching for answers, the widowed father reached out to Bukoba, a nearby village who seemed unaffected by common illnesses. Bukoba village practiced five healthy habits learned from Lifewater. They kept their floors swept, had a well for safe water, washed their hands before eating, and built their own restrooms to prevent the spread of feces. And they were healthy.
Village members saw the need in Nakirimira village and went there to teach them how to prevent the spread of disease. The cholera outbreak ceased, and it hasn’t returned since.READ MORE >