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Uganda, Africa

Population: 316 people (53 families)

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“My biggest dream is to have a well in my village.” - Sarah, widow and mother of six

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Life in Muwumba: Sarah’s Story

Sarah Mugala is a born leader who commands authority even with the sound of her voice. She is firm, resolute, and gentle as she shares her story.

When her husband passed away a few years ago, it was and still is her strength that helped her stand firm when suddenly, she had to raise their six children on her own.

Sarah, her children, and her grandchildren live in Muwumba village, where everyone gathers drinking water from a swamp three miles away. Sarah makes three trips to the swamp and back between her work in the garden and cooking for her family.

“I look forward to the day when all the time we spend fetching water will be dedicated to working and planning how to improve our welfare,” she said.

Community members gathered around Sarah as she shared about the water problem in Muwumba village, each person eager to nod in agreement.

“Many girls are affected because when they go for water… men take advantage of them,” she said. “My daughter got pregnant and dropped out.”

Tears filled her eyes, and she expressed the great loss she feels for her daughter.

“Many other girls face similar problems, and our hope is that it’ll stop and girls will be educated,” she said.

On top of this physical danger, the swamp is making children sick. People in Muwunda have died of waterborne disease in the past, and families spend all that they have on medication.

“Do you know what it means to fall sick so frequently that you grow tired of being sick?” she said. “Diarrhea and all those diseases have not let off on us.”

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five, and the primary causes are unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene.

Sarah said that with safe water, she can begin breeding her goats to increase her income. Right now, waterborne disease is rampant, and families sell their livestock to pay for medication.

“My biggest dream is to have a well in my village,” she said. “I have never experienced a healthy existence, and if you can make it happen, then I’ll dedicate the rest of my life praying for your blessings.”

“It is strange to imagine living healthy, but it is something I’m personally very excited about,” she added.

You can help Sarah’s family and others in Muwumba 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 Muwumba village today.

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June 19, 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 25, 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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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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Latest Project News

Life in Muwumba: Sarah’s Story

Sarah Mugala is a born leader who commands authority even with the sound of her voice. She is firm, resolute, and gentle as she shares her story.

When her husband passed away a few years ago, it was and still is her strength that helped her stand firm when suddenly, she had to raise their six children on her own.

Sarah, her children, and her grandchildren live in Muwumba village, where everyone gathers drinking water from a swamp three miles away. Sarah makes three trips to the swamp and back between her work in the garden and cooking for her family.

“I look forward to the day when all the time we spend fetching water will be dedicated to working and planning how to improve our welfare,” she said.

Community members gathered around Sarah as she shared about the water problem in Muwumba village, each person eager to nod in agreement.

“Many girls are affected because when they go for water… men take advantage of them,” she said. “My daughter got pregnant and dropped out.”

Tears filled her eyes, and she expressed the great loss she feels for her daughter.

“Many other girls face similar problems, and our hope is that it’ll stop and girls will be educated,” she said.

On top of this physical danger, the swamp is making children sick. People in Muwunda have died of waterborne disease in the past, and families spend all that they have on medication.

“Do you know what it means to fall sick so frequently that you grow tired of being sick?” she said. “Diarrhea and all those diseases have not let off on us.”

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of five, and the primary causes are unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene.

Sarah said that with safe water, she can begin breeding her goats to increase her income. Right now, waterborne disease is rampant, and families sell their livestock to pay for medication.

“My biggest dream is to have a well in my village,” she said. “I have never experienced a healthy existence, and if you can make it happen, then I’ll dedicate the rest of my life praying for your blessings.”

“It is strange to imagine living healthy, but it is something I’m personally very excited about,” she added.

You can help Sarah’s family and others in Muwumba 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 Muwumba village today.

Read More
June 19, 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 25, 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:

  • Updates

    Updates from the field

  • Progress

    Progress in the village

  • Completion

    Completion reports

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Project Milestones

  • Project Ready

    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

  • Healthy Village

    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.

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

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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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