Give Clean Water to Mainne Village

Give Clean Water to Mainne Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 294 people (42 families)

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“I hope someday soon we can get a solution to this water problem.” - Josephine, mother and grandmother

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Life in Mainne: Josephine and Susan’s Story

At her core, Josephine is a mother. She is a nurturer, a steady foundation to her family, and the caregiver to her five grandchildren.

It only takes Josephine and her daughter 15 minutes to reach the nearby well, but it will take them up to three hours just to fill one container of water. Because of this, children miss school, parents cannot work, and the community finds themselves in extreme poverty.

Josephine is a widow with seven children. All of those children, other than her 20-year-old daughter Susan, have moved away to find work in town; they send a few dollars home each month to help feed the children that they have left in her care.

Susan has a six-month-old child and dreams of becoming a hairdresser.

“I would want to go back to vocational school… but it all needs money,” she said. “If we get another well in our area and the crowding reduces, I can spare time to work in people’s gardens, earn some money, and save for my tuition.”

Josephine was soft-spoken and appeared tired. We learned that her health is declining, and she has great pain in her chest from carrying water on her head for so many years.

“I tried my best to give the best education I could afford to my children,” she said.

In Mainne village, it’s common for children to drop out of school. The only source of water is shared with four villages, and waiting for water at the well keeps them from class.

Since her mother’s health has declined, Susan has taken on almost every household duty for her mother, including gathering water, raising her five nieces and nephews, and caring for her own young daughter.

Kidnaps and child sacrifices are rampant in this region of Uganda, and Susan fears sending the children to gather water after school. Instead, she goes herself. The burden is heavy for families in Mainne village.

“I hope someday soon we can get a solution to this water problem,” Josephine said.

You can help Josephine’s family and others in Mainne 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 Mainne village today.

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June 28, 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 8, 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 Mainne: Josephine and Susan’s Story

At her core, Josephine is a mother. She is a nurturer, a steady foundation to her family, and the caregiver to her five grandchildren.

It only takes Josephine and her daughter 15 minutes to reach the nearby well, but it will take them up to three hours just to fill one container of water. Because of this, children miss school, parents cannot work, and the community finds themselves in extreme poverty.

Josephine is a widow with seven children. All of those children, other than her 20-year-old daughter Susan, have moved away to find work in town; they send a few dollars home each month to help feed the children that they have left in her care.

Susan has a six-month-old child and dreams of becoming a hairdresser.

“I would want to go back to vocational school… but it all needs money,” she said. “If we get another well in our area and the crowding reduces, I can spare time to work in people’s gardens, earn some money, and save for my tuition.”

Josephine was soft-spoken and appeared tired. We learned that her health is declining, and she has great pain in her chest from carrying water on her head for so many years.

“I tried my best to give the best education I could afford to my children,” she said.

In Mainne village, it’s common for children to drop out of school. The only source of water is shared with four villages, and waiting for water at the well keeps them from class.

Since her mother’s health has declined, Susan has taken on almost every household duty for her mother, including gathering water, raising her five nieces and nephews, and caring for her own young daughter.

Kidnaps and child sacrifices are rampant in this region of Uganda, and Susan fears sending the children to gather water after school. Instead, she goes herself. The burden is heavy for families in Mainne village.

“I hope someday soon we can get a solution to this water problem,” Josephine said.

You can help Josephine’s family and others in Mainne 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 Mainne village today.

Read More
June 28, 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 8, 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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When you follow or donate to this
water project, you'll receive:

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    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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    Community Prerequisites Met

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Meet the Team

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

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

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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Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

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Your donation is restricted for use within the program region for which the water project is located. Project cost estimates are established from program averages across all Lifewater programs and are based on the population size of the village. Community contributions are included in the program costs but not in the program funding goals. Real-time results are provided from the actual project sponsored. Occasionally Lifewater will receive more contributions for a given project than can be wisely applied to that project. When that happens, we use these funds to meet a similar pressing need in the same program region.

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