Namiro Tatu Village
Water Project

Project Completed

November 6, 2019

“I don’t have enough words to thank you.” - Mary

Village Water Project

Namiro Tatu, Uganda, Africa

GPS: 0.3927, 33.5445

129 people

Status: Water Flowing

  • Story
  • Updates 7
  • Plan
  • FAQ's


Clean Water, New Life: Mary’s Story

March 2020


As Mary Nabirye shared her story with us, the entire interview felt like an exhale for her and her husband, who sat nodding beside her. Mary’s family has found rest, peace, and opportunity for what feels like the first time ever.

In Namiro Tatu village, community members used to drink water from wherever they could find it. For many families, it was a swamp. For others, a river, and for others, a faraway and crowded well. Today, Mary, her husband, and their four children have safe water just steps from their home!

“It feels like we never started living until our well was provided,” she said. “Our sleeping community woke up from the nightmare that had become our existence.”

“Now, we live like human beings who work without worrying where water for cooking will come from, and we have children who can attend school to acquire education,” she added.

Before, Mary’s four children were either too sick to attend school or they spent so much time walking for water that they missed an entire school day.

Today, Mary’s children go to school. Her family has a bathroom of their own, so they no longer go outside in the open, and they can wash their hands. This transformation has brought hope to her family.

“I’ve had this lifelong dream of owning a business selling secondhand clothes but never knew where to even start,” Mary said. “That distant dream is within reach now because I started saving for it.”

Mary looked to the ground, tears welling in her eyes.

“I don’t have enough words to thank you,” she said.

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Mary’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story. Sponsor a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.


Life in Namiro Tatu: Goretti’s Story

February 2019


The swamp is nothing more than a muddy stream at this time of year. The rains have ceased since January, and the water that so many depend on has become thick with mud.

“I look forward to the day when we will cease to suffer from diseases and save money we spend on treatment to invest in other ventures,” Goretti said.

Goretti has six children and lives with her two grandchildren. When she was a new mother, her first born child was so sick from the swamp water, she had to be hospitalized every month.

“We sometimes spent up to $54 on her medication, which was a lot for us,” Goretti said.

For a family living in extreme poverty, paying $54 for medication a month is an unbearable cost. Today, the poverty and contaminated drinking water has forced most of her children out of school.

“Imagine toiling so hard only to see your dreams for a better future through your children go up in smoke,” she said. “It is a crushing blow.”

Goretti and her husband David have a farm on their small property in Namiro Tatu village, and David is a preacher.

Although there is a well miles away in another village, Goretti and most of the community members do not use it. It serves many villages, and the lines there are so long that most people choose swamps and ponds over the long walk and even longer wait.

“There are constant fights at the well and this has greatly contributed to disunity,” she said.

Because of these fights and the distance to the well, it has become inaccessible to her and most others.
“We are forced to use swamp water which makes us sick,” Goretti said.

Goretti holds onto her dreams for her grandchildren.

“I would like one of my grandchildren to be a teacher to help educate the undereducated children in my community,” she said. “The other one can become a preacher like my husband.”

You can help Goretti’s family and others in Namiro Tatu village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Namiro Tatu village today.

December 16, 2019: Certified Healthy Village

Great news! Namiro Tatu 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.

November 06, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Namiro Tatu!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Namiro Tatu. 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! Namiro Tatu 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.

June 26, 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 20, 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

Namiro Tatu 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 Namiro Tatu:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Namiro Tatu 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

Namiro Tatu 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 Namiro Tatu 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! Namiro Tatu 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 129 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

Village Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a village water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

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. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

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.

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.

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. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

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.

Story


Clean Water, New Life: Mary’s Story

March 2020


As Mary Nabirye shared her story with us, the entire interview felt like an exhale for her and her husband, who sat nodding beside her. Mary’s family has found rest, peace, and opportunity for what feels like the first time ever.

In Namiro Tatu village, community members used to drink water from wherever they could find it. For many families, it was a swamp. For others, a river, and for others, a faraway and crowded well. Today, Mary, her husband, and their four children have safe water just steps from their home!

“It feels like we never started living until our well was provided,” she said. “Our sleeping community woke up from the nightmare that had become our existence.”

“Now, we live like human beings who work without worrying where water for cooking will come from, and we have children who can attend school to acquire education,” she added.

Before, Mary’s four children were either too sick to attend school or they spent so much time walking for water that they missed an entire school day.

Today, Mary’s children go to school. Her family has a bathroom of their own, so they no longer go outside in the open, and they can wash their hands. This transformation has brought hope to her family.

“I’ve had this lifelong dream of owning a business selling secondhand clothes but never knew where to even start,” Mary said. “That distant dream is within reach now because I started saving for it.”

Mary looked to the ground, tears welling in her eyes.

“I don’t have enough words to thank you,” she said.

With safe water and sanitation practices, families like Mary’s are transformed. You can be a part of a transformation story. Sponsor a water project today, and follow along to see your impact.


Life in Namiro Tatu: Goretti’s Story

February 2019


The swamp is nothing more than a muddy stream at this time of year. The rains have ceased since January, and the water that so many depend on has become thick with mud.

“I look forward to the day when we will cease to suffer from diseases and save money we spend on treatment to invest in other ventures,” Goretti said.

Goretti has six children and lives with her two grandchildren. When she was a new mother, her first born child was so sick from the swamp water, she had to be hospitalized every month.

“We sometimes spent up to $54 on her medication, which was a lot for us,” Goretti said.

For a family living in extreme poverty, paying $54 for medication a month is an unbearable cost. Today, the poverty and contaminated drinking water has forced most of her children out of school.

“Imagine toiling so hard only to see your dreams for a better future through your children go up in smoke,” she said. “It is a crushing blow.”

Goretti and her husband David have a farm on their small property in Namiro Tatu village, and David is a preacher.

Although there is a well miles away in another village, Goretti and most of the community members do not use it. It serves many villages, and the lines there are so long that most people choose swamps and ponds over the long walk and even longer wait.

“There are constant fights at the well and this has greatly contributed to disunity,” she said.

Because of these fights and the distance to the well, it has become inaccessible to her and most others.
“We are forced to use swamp water which makes us sick,” Goretti said.

Goretti holds onto her dreams for her grandchildren.

“I would like one of my grandchildren to be a teacher to help educate the undereducated children in my community,” she said. “The other one can become a preacher like my husband.”

You can help Goretti’s family and others in Namiro Tatu village today. Your gift will provide health training for each household, plus a new, safe water source near their village.

Sponsor Namiro Tatu village today.

Updates

December 16, 2019: Certified Healthy Village

Great news! Namiro Tatu 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.

November 06, 2019: Construction complete

The new safe water source is now complete in Namiro Tatu!

Clean, safe water transforms a village. Everyone gathers to celebrate, thanking God for the miracle in their community.

September 02, 2019: Construction started

Work is officially underway to build a safe water source for Namiro Tatu. 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! Namiro Tatu 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.

June 26, 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 20, 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

Namiro Tatu 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 Namiro Tatu:

Pro-Tip! If the timeline is blue, that means Namiro Tatu 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

Namiro Tatu 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 Namiro Tatu 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! Namiro Tatu 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 129 children and families.

healthy_village_achieved

FAQ's

Village Water Project FAQs

What is included in the cost of a water project?

When you sponsor a village water project, you are helping bring lasting change. Your gift provides:

  • House-to-house hygiene and sanitation education
  • Custom engineered water source
  • Construction of a safe water source
  • Community engagement by Lifewater field staff to ensure change lasts

Lifewater also provides:

  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project with real-time updates to donors
  • Local church partnerships that equip the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus
  • Five-year water source maintenance and sustainability (funded by beneficiary communities on a volunteer basis)
Is this a real village? Am I impacting this actual village?

Yes! The village you are helping is a real village. All families photographed or shared from the project page have given their permission to have their information shared with you.

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. Because we seek to ensure sustainable water projects and community buy in, we do not allow donors to visit the projects they sponsor. However, we do commit to sending real-time updates, photos, and stories from the projects themselves.

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.

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.

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. 

Is Lifewater approved/vetted by 3rd party organizations?

Over our 40 year history, Lifewater has received the highest accreditations from the most respected rating organization in the industry. Lifewater is recognized as one of the top-rated charities in the United States by independent reporting organizations, including:

  • Charity Navigator (four stars)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Guidestar (Platinum)
  • Great Nonprofits (five star)
  • Excellence in Giving

Learn more at https://lifewater.org/top-rated-charity.

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.

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.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Contributions are solicited with the understanding that Lifewater has complete control over the use of all donated funds. Board-approved policy establishes that all gifts restricted for a specific project be applied to the restricted program, with up to ten percent used for administrative and fundraising purposes.