Give Clean Water to Rwenswa Village

Give Clean Water to Rwenswa Village

Uganda, Africa

Population: 207 people (40 families)

Almost funded!

When the privately-owned pond in Rwenswa village dries up each year, Edvin and her husband walk six hours to Mpongo village to gather water from a swamp.

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Life in Rwenswa: Edvin’s Story

As we arrived at the home of Edvin and her husband, Deogracius, he spotted us through the thick trees and let out a unique call to his wife, a sound that the two shared just among themselves.

She had been working in her garden, and she emerged from behind the home with her arms covered in mud. After changing, she came outside, gleefully holding out a guest book for us to sign.

With their children grown and moved away, it is just the two of them now, and they take care of one another.

Edvin is an energetic woman beaming with hospitality, but conversation about her village’s water problem dampens her smile.

When the one, privately-owned pond dries up each year, she and her husband walk six hours to Mpongo village to gather from a swamp.

“We measure it in cups to use; bathing takes two cups and cooking and such,” she said. “There have been days when we were too weak to make the journey and it had to last us.”

The water, she says, is so contaminated that they mix it with tea leaves when boiling it to make it drinkable. Even then, they close their eyes and swallow it quickly.

Now, even when the nearby swamp is not dried up, Edvin and her husband avoid it. Fights break out over the water, and the owner charges such a high price that she and her husband can’t afford to use it.

“That water was so dirty that we had to extract it using cloths,” she added.

“But, we thank God for our children; they do help us buy water when the situation gets worse,” she said.

“If we had not educated our children—and it was extremely hard since they kept falling ill from typhoid—we would be in trouble,” she said.

Typhoid is a waterborne illness known to be debilitating and even fatal when left untreated, and it’s common in Rwenswa village.

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

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone.

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 Rwenswa village today.

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May 21, 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.

June 25, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

May 28, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

April 16, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

October 17, 2018: 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.

September 2018: Project Ready
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Life in Rwenswa: Edvin’s Story

As we arrived at the home of Edvin and her husband, Deogracius, he spotted us through the thick trees and let out a unique call to his wife, a sound that the two shared just among themselves.

She had been working in her garden, and she emerged from behind the home with her arms covered in mud. After changing, she came outside, gleefully holding out a guest book for us to sign.

With their children grown and moved away, it is just the two of them now, and they take care of one another.

Edvin is an energetic woman beaming with hospitality, but conversation about her village’s water problem dampens her smile.

When the one, privately-owned pond dries up each year, she and her husband walk six hours to Mpongo village to gather from a swamp.

“We measure it in cups to use; bathing takes two cups and cooking and such,” she said. “There have been days when we were too weak to make the journey and it had to last us.”

The water, she says, is so contaminated that they mix it with tea leaves when boiling it to make it drinkable. Even then, they close their eyes and swallow it quickly.

Now, even when the nearby swamp is not dried up, Edvin and her husband avoid it. Fights break out over the water, and the owner charges such a high price that she and her husband can’t afford to use it.

“That water was so dirty that we had to extract it using cloths,” she added.

“But, we thank God for our children; they do help us buy water when the situation gets worse,” she said.

“If we had not educated our children—and it was extremely hard since they kept falling ill from typhoid—we would be in trouble,” she said.

Typhoid is a waterborne illness known to be debilitating and even fatal when left untreated, and it’s common in Rwenswa village.

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

Lasting change means more than just building a well. Local Lifewater staff will work house by house to teach healthy habits and share the love of Christ with everyone.

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 Rwenswa village today.

Read More
May 21, 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.

June 25, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

May 28, 2019: 2 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 2 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

April 16, 2019: 4 new Healthy Homes Registered

Good news–there are 4 new Healthy Homes in Rwenswa! 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.

October 17, 2018: 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.

September 2018: Project Ready
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Lifewater field staff walk alongside each family in all our program regions with persistence, humility, and courage.

Calvin

Babyenda

Accounts Assistant

David

Azoora

Area Program Manager, Kakumiro

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Deo

Kanyankole

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ritah

Katongole

Accounts Assistant

Judith

Mpumwire

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ackline

Ainembabazi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Peter

Batambuze

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Bridget

Naikesa

Cashier

Persis

Nabirye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Samuel

Okello

Church Mobilizer

Philemon

Mubiru

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Vincent

Amaza

WASH Technician

Thomas

Kawuzi

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Mercy

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Santos

Ocaya

Jr. WASH Technician

Paul

Gabula

Driver and Logistics Assistant

Joan

Kawala

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Irene

Mbasalaki

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Erinest

Waswa

Church Mobilizer

Francis

Aguma

Jr. WASH Technician

Sprinter

Mukebezi

WASH Technician

Sanyu

Nansubuga

Accounts Assistant

Joyce

Sabano

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tom

Owiny

WASH Technician

Julious

Awelo

Jr. WASH Technician

John Mary

Kasangaki

Driver

Joseph

Balikowa

Sr. Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Grace

Orishaba

Area Program Manager, Kaliro, Uganda

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Sylvester

Bwoye

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

David

Mugoya

Driver & Logistics Assistant

Jenipher

Nankya

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Tabisa

Nasirumbi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Martha

Atukwase

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Ballam

Oyugi

Director of Program Operations

Fred

Batuli

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Xavier

Mbonye

Procurement and Logistics Officer

Catherine

Namusisi

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Suzan

Katebalirwe

Human Resource Manager

Emmanual

Kasajja

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Juliet

Mugoya

Cashier

Catherine

Apio

Area Program Manager, Mayuge, Uganda

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Gaitano

Okumu

Church Mobilizer

Peninah

Natukunda

Finance and Administration Manager

Margaret

Mbabazi

Cashier

Eric

Massa

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Lucy

Asimo

Accounts Assistant

Lawrance

Mukidi

Jr. WASH Technician

Rose

Apolot

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

Jude

Ouga

Jr. WASH Technician

Alex

Mbaguta, MA

Uganda Country Director

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Joseph

Kagezi

Sanitation & Hygiene Officer

Nicholas

Agaba

Sanitation and Hygiene Coordinator

Dorothy

Kwasherura

Sanitation and Hygiene Officer

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