Businge Primary School
Water Project

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38 supporters, 25% sponsored

“I’m desperate to get educated.” - Caleb, 16

What is Phase 1?

School water projects are larger and take longer than village water projects, so they are split into phases. Phase 1 includes planning, WASH club training, and teacher training.

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Phase 1

$14600

What is Phase 2?

Water source location planning and safe bathroom construction typically occur in Phase 2 of school water projects. Children also adopt healthy habits.

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Phase 2

$7350

What is Phase 3?

The project is completed in Phase 3, with finishing touches put on the new safe water source and bathroom construction.

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Phase 3

$7300

School Water Project

Businge Primary School, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 1.0708, 31.4304

585 students

  • Story
  • Updates 1
  • Plan
  • FAQ's

 

Life at Businge Primary: Caleb’s Story

September 2019

 

During school days, a sound almost like singing fills the hot Ugandan air at Businge Primary School in Uganda. But, it isn’t singing; it’s the voices of young students reciting answers in unison.

One of these students is an astute Caleb Ainimani, a 16-year-old boy with a clean white shirt and a shy smile. Caleb wants to be an accountant one day. He is empathetic, and he always seems to talk about the needs of his peers more than his own.

The major challenge at Businge, he said, is the lack of sufficient water on campus. The water at Businge Primary School comes from a pond that’s 40 minutes away. Each day, students are chosen to travel to the pond and bring water back for their peers.

As Caleb’s favorite teacher, Mr. Evaristo, pointed out, that’s enough time to teach an entire lesson.

“Having no water here has affected us in many ways,” Caleb said. “One of my dreams is that when I get old enough to start a family of my own, my children will not live under similar circumstances that make it hard for them to live healthy and get educated.”

Caleb also hopes that he can send his younger siblings to school once he becomes an accountant.

But, for Caleb and his friends, staying in school is a huge challenge. Children who are thirsty or who are walking long distances for water cannot focus on their schoolwork.

And, the girls and boys at Businge have three toilets for all 585 students. The structure is not only overcrowded, but unsanitary. Students fall sick often and miss valuable school days recovering from illnesses that are easily prevented with safe sanitation and hygiene.

Caleb worries that his friends will soon drop out of school, but he worries especially for his female friends. He’s seen so many drop out for lack of basic water and sanitation during their menstrual cycles.

“Girls are more disadvantaged here because safe water and hygiene tend to go hand in hand… it’s painful to see,” he said. “Having safe water would change all that for the better.”

Caleb is a kind boy who wants so badly to complete secondary school.

“I’m desperate to get educated,” he told us.

You can help Caleb and others at Businge Primary School today. Your gift will provide health training, menstrual hygiene management curriculum, permanent and sanitary bathrooms on school grounds, plus a new, safe water source just steps from the classroom.

Lasting change means more than building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work alongside parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure the students of today and tomorrow have a path out of poverty.

Sponsor Businge Primary School today.

November 07, 2019: Project Ready

The Businge Primary School water project is now ready to receive funding.

Here’s the Plan for Businge Primary School:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Businge Primary School has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

school_project_ready

School Project Ready

Schools are carefully selected by Lifewater staff based on need, geographical location, and willingness to participate in water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs.

School Commitment Meeting

Parents and administrators agree to invest in the children’s futures by raising the 15-20 percent initial contribution for their new water source(s) and restrooms. This can be provided through labor, materials, or monetary funds.

buy_in_meeting
teacher_training

Teacher Training

Teachers with WASH knowledge make healthy students! Lifewater staff practice water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) lessons with teachers to be integrated in school curriculum.

MHM Training

With Menstrual Hygiene Management training, girls have the resources and social support they need to thrive in their classrooms without shame.

mhm_training
wash_club_formed

WASH Club Formed

A WASH Club of student leaders actively participate in teaching hygiene and sanitation to their peers through songs, dramas, and dances.

Latrine Construction Starts

Lifewater designs and constructs multi-stall school bathrooms with drainable pit toilets that are built to last. Each school also features permanent handwashing stations to improve school hygiene.

latrine_construction_start
all_latrines_completed

Latrines Completed

With safe, sanitary bathrooms, more children feel confident attending school!

Water Project Construction Starts

When a school has gathered the necessary contributions, construction begins on the new water source! Our engineers plan and build the appropriate source based on the geography of the region.

construction_start_school
construction_complete_school

Water Project Complete

Safe water transforms a school. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle!

Healthy School Achieved

The school becomes a certified “Healthy School” once the following are all in place: an active WASH Club, MHM training, a safe water source, and safe bathrooms for the entire school. It is a moment of great accomplishment!

healthy_school

FAQs

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

What is included in the cost of a school water project?

When you sponsor a school water project, you are helping to bring change now and for generations to come. Your gift provides:

  • Custom-engineered and constructed safe water source on school grounds
  • Permanent restrooms for every child, teacher, and administrator
  • Rainwater storage tanks and hand washing stations for improved hygiene
  • School-wide hygiene and sanitation training
  • The formation of a WASH Club of student leaders to reinforce healthy practices
  • Menstruation Hygiene Management (MHM) training to reduce stigma and create a safer space for everyone to learn
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability promise
What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. We do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor but we do commit to sending real-time updates from the projects themselves and a follow-up story gathered by one of our local journalists once your water project is complete.

Story

 

Life at Businge Primary: Caleb’s Story

September 2019

 

During school days, a sound almost like singing fills the hot Ugandan air at Businge Primary School in Uganda. But, it isn’t singing; it’s the voices of young students reciting answers in unison.

One of these students is an astute Caleb Ainimani, a 16-year-old boy with a clean white shirt and a shy smile. Caleb wants to be an accountant one day. He is empathetic, and he always seems to talk about the needs of his peers more than his own.

The major challenge at Businge, he said, is the lack of sufficient water on campus. The water at Businge Primary School comes from a pond that’s 40 minutes away. Each day, students are chosen to travel to the pond and bring water back for their peers.

As Caleb’s favorite teacher, Mr. Evaristo, pointed out, that’s enough time to teach an entire lesson.

“Having no water here has affected us in many ways,” Caleb said. “One of my dreams is that when I get old enough to start a family of my own, my children will not live under similar circumstances that make it hard for them to live healthy and get educated.”

Caleb also hopes that he can send his younger siblings to school once he becomes an accountant.

But, for Caleb and his friends, staying in school is a huge challenge. Children who are thirsty or who are walking long distances for water cannot focus on their schoolwork.

And, the girls and boys at Businge have three toilets for all 585 students. The structure is not only overcrowded, but unsanitary. Students fall sick often and miss valuable school days recovering from illnesses that are easily prevented with safe sanitation and hygiene.

Caleb worries that his friends will soon drop out of school, but he worries especially for his female friends. He’s seen so many drop out for lack of basic water and sanitation during their menstrual cycles.

“Girls are more disadvantaged here because safe water and hygiene tend to go hand in hand… it’s painful to see,” he said. “Having safe water would change all that for the better.”

Caleb is a kind boy who wants so badly to complete secondary school.

“I’m desperate to get educated,” he told us.

You can help Caleb and others at Businge Primary School today. Your gift will provide health training, menstrual hygiene management curriculum, permanent and sanitary bathrooms on school grounds, plus a new, safe water source just steps from the classroom.

Lasting change means more than building a well. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work alongside parents, teachers, and administrators to ensure the students of today and tomorrow have a path out of poverty.

Sponsor Businge Primary School today.

Updates

November 07, 2019: Project Ready

The Businge Primary School water project is now ready to receive funding.

Plan

Here’s the Plan for Businge Primary School:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Businge Primary School has reached this milestone! If it's gray, they are working towards that step next.

school_project_ready

School Project Ready

Schools are carefully selected by Lifewater staff based on need, geographical location, and willingness to participate in water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs.

School Commitment Meeting

Parents and administrators agree to invest in the children’s futures by raising the 15-20 percent initial contribution for their new water source(s) and restrooms. This can be provided through labor, materials, or monetary funds.

buy_in_meeting
teacher_training

Teacher Training

Teachers with WASH knowledge make healthy students! Lifewater staff practice water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) lessons with teachers to be integrated in school curriculum.

MHM Training

With Menstrual Hygiene Management training, girls have the resources and social support they need to thrive in their classrooms without shame.

mhm_training
wash_club_formed

WASH Club Formed

A WASH Club of student leaders actively participate in teaching hygiene and sanitation to their peers through songs, dramas, and dances.

Latrine Construction Starts

Lifewater designs and constructs multi-stall school bathrooms with drainable pit toilets that are built to last. Each school also features permanent handwashing stations to improve school hygiene.

latrine_construction_start
all_latrines_completed

Latrines Completed

With safe, sanitary bathrooms, more children feel confident attending school!

Water Project Construction Starts

When a school has gathered the necessary contributions, construction begins on the new water source! Our engineers plan and build the appropriate source based on the geography of the region.

construction_start_school
construction_complete_school

Water Project Complete

Safe water transforms a school. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle!

Healthy School Achieved

The school becomes a certified “Healthy School” once the following are all in place: an active WASH Club, MHM training, a safe water source, and safe bathrooms for the entire school. It is a moment of great accomplishment!

healthy_school

FAQ's

FAQs

Where does Lifewater work?

With more than 40 years’ experience, LIfewater is the longest-running Christian clean water charity in North America. Over those 40 years, Lifewater has worked in more than 45 different countries. Currently, our work is focused in Sub-Saharan Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia).

Why these countries and regions?

Lifewater identifies countries and regions that are unreached and underserved with basic water access and sanitation, which means we focus on areas where other organizations are not serving. 

Although great strides have been made in the past 20 years to solve the global water crisis, remote and rural populations still remain unreached with adequate water and sanitation. These distant regions are difficult and often costly for governments and NGOs to serve well. Many of these communities feel as though they have been forgotten.

What is included in the cost of a school water project?

When you sponsor a school water project, you are helping to bring change now and for generations to come. Your gift provides:

  • Custom-engineered and constructed safe water source on school grounds
  • Permanent restrooms for every child, teacher, and administrator
  • Rainwater storage tanks and hand washing stations for improved hygiene
  • School-wide hygiene and sanitation training
  • The formation of a WASH Club of student leaders to reinforce healthy practices
  • Menstruation Hygiene Management (MHM) training to reduce stigma and create a safer space for everyone to learn
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability promise
What percent of funds go towards programs?

Lifewater budgets 80% of expenditures for programs. The remaining 20% is split between administrative/management and fundraising expenses. This ratio is best in class for nonprofits and is why Lifewater has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator.

Administrative/management expenses are used to ensure that we are effective in managing the funds entrusted to us and include the following types of expenses: accounting personnel, leadership time, professional development of staff, external auditors, legal counsel, government registration expenses in every U.S. state, credit card fees for processing donations, bank fees, database maintenance, and office expenses.Fundraising expenses generate the income needed to do the work that we set out to do. These include the cost of direct mail appeals and communication, marketing projects, donor relations personnel, and email communication systems. Last year, every dollar invested into Lifewater fundraising efforts resulted in $10 of donation for the organization.

How does Lifewater integrate faith into its work?

Lifewater’s work is founded on the belief that every person is made in the image of God. It is with this conviction that we seek out the globe’s most unreached, marginalized people groups in need of safe water. 

Both nationally and internationally, 100 percent of our staff are Christians. These Christian staff help facilitate Lifewater’s Healthy Church strategy in communities. And, where there are no churches, we work with church planting partners to start new churches. 

To create Healthy Churches, Lifewater first trains church leaders in foundational theology. These leaders are equipped with the basic story of the Christian faith and the biblical mandate to love others. Leaders learn that stopping the spread of disease and caring for the vulnerable aligns with our responsibility as Christians to love our neighbor. 

Second, Lifewater ensures churches have safe bathrooms on their premises, handwashing stations, clean water nearby, and the education to promote health within their congregations. It’s imperative that churches are early adopters of healthy hygiene practices. Third, Lifewater encourages churches to help vulnerable households become Healthy Homes. Church leaders undergo a training to become WASH (water access, sanitation, and hygiene) advocates in their communities. These advocates are encouraged to identify widows, child-headed households, the elderly, and the disabled to help them meet the health standards of Lifewater’s programs.

What is Lifewater’s process? What does the organization do, and how does it do it?

Lifewater’s Vision of a Healthy Village strategy is a relationship-first method. This model transforms entire regions house by house, village by village, and school by school. It is among the most intensive household-level work happening in the entire developing world and is closely tracked for progress, sustainability, and overall impact.

We construct custom-engineered safe water sources and teach life-saving health and sanitation practices in local villages and schools in need.

Can I request a water project in a specific country?

Currently, Lifewater has programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Cambodia. You can go to lifewater.org/projects to select a specific water project to help. Because our programs are regionalized and made in partnership with the local governments, we are not able to take requests for specific water projects outside of our existing programs.

Can I visit programs and/or my sponsored water project?

Lifewater has local staff that live and serve among the communities and schools where Lifewater works. Our staff know the language and the culture and are best equipped to serve communities. We do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor but we do commit to sending real-time updates from the projects themselves and a follow-up story gathered by one of our local journalists once your water project is complete.