Give Clean Water to Lugi Wambuku Village

Give Clean Water to Lugi Wambuku Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 250 people (40 families)

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“Once we get wells, it will be a miracle here.” - Maria, mother of six

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Life in Lugi Wambuku: Maria’s Story

Together in their brightly-colored, traditional dresses, the mothers of Lugi Wambuku village mourn, rejoice, and affirm one another. Their shared experiences have bonded them like only great need and great hope can.

In Lugi Wambuku village, children are dying. Maria Kowa, her husband, Robert, and their six children are among the 40 families who rely on a faraway well and a swamp for water.

Each day at 4 a.m., Maria walks for an hour to get to a well in another village. There, she’ll wait in line for two hours to fill her container just once before making the hour’s journey back home. When she returns, she’ll make a trip to the swamp to gather more water.

Although the swamp water makes Maria’s family badly ill, they have no choice but to depend on it. The well is too overcrowded and far away for all of their needs.

“I’m happy today because it won’t take long before we are saved from these diseases that take so much from us,” she said. “Our feeling of hopelessness is being replaced by hope.”

Maria’s children have just recovered from typhoid, a waterborne illness that can be deadly when left untreated. The average cost to medicate them is 8 USD a week, a quarter of the family’s entire harvest.

“The poverty is hard to describe,” she said. “We continue to sink deeper and deeper into debt.”

“We want our children to be educated… but we don’t have any money left to return them to school after paying for medical treatment,” she added.

Maria prays that her community will have safe water soon. She’s confident that it is only a matter of time.

“One of my greatest sources of hope is that our dignity as humans will be restored,” she said. “If you are poor and uneducated in this world, you feel as if you’ve been stripped of your humanity.”

“We want to feel different, live healthy, and work towards realizing our dreams,” she said. “Safe water has the power to change things.”

The mothers of Lugi Wambuku village want to give their children the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

“Once we get wells, it will be a miracle here,” Maria said. “Our lives and the future of our children will change dramatically.”

“It will be exciting to welcome you back to see for yourself how far we shall have come,” she said.

You can help Maria’s family and others in Lugi Wambuku 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 Lugi Wambuku village today.

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June 25, 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 13, 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
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Life in Lugi Wambuku: Maria’s Story

Together in their brightly-colored, traditional dresses, the mothers of Lugi Wambuku village mourn, rejoice, and affirm one another. Their shared experiences have bonded them like only great need and great hope can.

In Lugi Wambuku village, children are dying. Maria Kowa, her husband, Robert, and their six children are among the 40 families who rely on a faraway well and a swamp for water.

Each day at 4 a.m., Maria walks for an hour to get to a well in another village. There, she’ll wait in line for two hours to fill her container just once before making the hour’s journey back home. When she returns, she’ll make a trip to the swamp to gather more water.

Although the swamp water makes Maria’s family badly ill, they have no choice but to depend on it. The well is too overcrowded and far away for all of their needs.

“I’m happy today because it won’t take long before we are saved from these diseases that take so much from us,” she said. “Our feeling of hopelessness is being replaced by hope.”

Maria’s children have just recovered from typhoid, a waterborne illness that can be deadly when left untreated. The average cost to medicate them is 8 USD a week, a quarter of the family’s entire harvest.

“The poverty is hard to describe,” she said. “We continue to sink deeper and deeper into debt.”

“We want our children to be educated… but we don’t have any money left to return them to school after paying for medical treatment,” she added.

Maria prays that her community will have safe water soon. She’s confident that it is only a matter of time.

“One of my greatest sources of hope is that our dignity as humans will be restored,” she said. “If you are poor and uneducated in this world, you feel as if you’ve been stripped of your humanity.”

“We want to feel different, live healthy, and work towards realizing our dreams,” she said. “Safe water has the power to change things.”

The mothers of Lugi Wambuku village want to give their children the chance to grow up safe and healthy.

“Once we get wells, it will be a miracle here,” Maria said. “Our lives and the future of our children will change dramatically.”

“It will be exciting to welcome you back to see for yourself how far we shall have come,” she said.

You can help Maria’s family and others in Lugi Wambuku 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 Lugi Wambuku village today.

Read More
June 25, 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 13, 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
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Project Milestones

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    Project Ready

  • Water Committee Formed

    Water Committee Formed

  • Community Prerequisites Met

    Community Prerequisites Met

  • Construction Started

    Construction Started

  • Village Has Safe Water Source

    Village Has Safe Water Source

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    Healthy Village

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Meet the Team

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

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

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