Butangala Kaumba Village
Water Project

Project Funded!

Village Water Project

Butangala Kaumba, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 0.4144, 33.5244

296 people

Status: In Progress

  • Story
  • Updates 5
  • Plan

Life in Butangala Kaumba: Nakate’s Story

Twelve-year-old Zainab remembers running from the swamp. She remembers running for her life as older men chased after her, determined to harm her.

So many girls have fallen victim at the swamp in Butangala Kaumba village. Grandmother Nakate, who has lived in the village for most of her life, shared Zinab’s story with us as she shared her own, saying that Zainab must still walk to that swamp each day; her family has no choice.

Grandmother Nakate is a mother of 15, grandmother of 10, and a farmer. For as long as she can remember, her village has depended on water from a swamp four miles away.

The journey takes two hours, and Nakate and her children make the journey four times a day. That’s eight hours of water gathering in a single day.

Nakate has heard that when someone from Lifewater comes to speak with you, safe water always follows. She told us this and vowed she would do all she could to help Lifewater’s programs.

“If we get a borehole, we shall treasure and take very good care of it given our terrible experience so far,” she said. “We also expect to have more time to work and make more money.”

With saved income, Grandmother Nakate would start growing bananas, a profitable fruit, and send each of her grandchildren to school for as long as she was able.

Although she never could go to school herself, she said, “I’m passionate about education; I have 10 grandchildren living with me, and I would not like to see any left behind in school.”

In Butangala Kaumba village, many children are too sick from water-related illness to continue in school, and families who must pay for expensive medical treatment cannot afford tuition.

“We have many dreams that we would bring to reality with safe water access being a reality,” she said. “We would be way healthier and happier and our families would enjoy better lives as a result of our hard-work and investments.”

Most of all, a safe water source nearby would mean that the young girls of Butangala Kaumba are safe from long, dangerous walks for water.

You can help Nakate’s family and others in Butangala Kaumba 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. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 Butangala Kaumba village today.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Butangala Kaumba 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.

July 10, 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.

February 19, 2019: 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.

February 2019: Project Ready

Butangala Kaumba 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 Butangala Kaumba:

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

Butangala Kaumba 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 Butangala Kaumba 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! Butangala Kaumba 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 296 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Story

Life in Butangala Kaumba: Nakate’s Story

Twelve-year-old Zainab remembers running from the swamp. She remembers running for her life as older men chased after her, determined to harm her.

So many girls have fallen victim at the swamp in Butangala Kaumba village. Grandmother Nakate, who has lived in the village for most of her life, shared Zinab’s story with us as she shared her own, saying that Zainab must still walk to that swamp each day; her family has no choice.

Grandmother Nakate is a mother of 15, grandmother of 10, and a farmer. For as long as she can remember, her village has depended on water from a swamp four miles away.

The journey takes two hours, and Nakate and her children make the journey four times a day. That’s eight hours of water gathering in a single day.

Nakate has heard that when someone from Lifewater comes to speak with you, safe water always follows. She told us this and vowed she would do all she could to help Lifewater’s programs.

“If we get a borehole, we shall treasure and take very good care of it given our terrible experience so far,” she said. “We also expect to have more time to work and make more money.”

With saved income, Grandmother Nakate would start growing bananas, a profitable fruit, and send each of her grandchildren to school for as long as she was able.

Although she never could go to school herself, she said, “I’m passionate about education; I have 10 grandchildren living with me, and I would not like to see any left behind in school.”

In Butangala Kaumba village, many children are too sick from water-related illness to continue in school, and families who must pay for expensive medical treatment cannot afford tuition.

“We have many dreams that we would bring to reality with safe water access being a reality,” she said. “We would be way healthier and happier and our families would enjoy better lives as a result of our hard-work and investments.”

Most of all, a safe water source nearby would mean that the young girls of Butangala Kaumba are safe from long, dangerous walks for water.

You can help Nakate’s family and others in Butangala Kaumba 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. Compelled by the love of Christ, local Lifewater staff work house by house to teach families healthy habits that will impact generations to come.

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 Butangala Kaumba village today.

Updates

September 02, 2019: Construction started

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

July 25, 2019: Water Committee formed

Good news! Butangala Kaumba 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.

July 10, 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.

February 19, 2019: 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.

February 2019: Project Ready

Plan

Butangala Kaumba 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 Butangala Kaumba:

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

Butangala Kaumba 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 Butangala Kaumba 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! Butangala Kaumba 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 296 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved