Living Water began operations in Uganda in 2010, initially providing clean water sources to primary schools in Ruhaama County, located in southwest Uganda. By the end of 2011, the Ruhaama “Water for Schools” program constructed over 80 water points. From there, this program evolved into Living Water International’s inaugural WASH Program Area (WPA) as a pilot in January 2012. In January 2013, an additional WPA was launched in the Kiruhura district. In 2015, a third WPA was identified in the district of Ibanda in southwest Uganda. While most Non-Governmental Organizatios (NGOs) in Uganda concentrate their efforts in the northern districts, our service approach, technology, and financial models are well-suited to the southwest area, where basic investments exist, communities have the ability to generate some level of revenue, and healthy relationships with local and national governments provide a stable working environment.
Living Water Uganda aims to provide safe water access through new wells, rehabilitations and alternative water projects (AWPs). The AWPs include a Gravity Flow System (GFS) fed from a protected spring, as well as a water collection point at the source. Additional AWPs involve upgrading protected catchments into spring boxes by our partner Life Giving Water.
Additionally, Living Water Uganda collaborates with district water offices to locate and rehabilitate non-Living Water drilled boreholes. Our staff removes all old parts, develops casings using compressed air, replaces or repairs any unserviceable components, and repairs well platforms, if necessary.
Since inception, Living Water Uganda has realized the need for operation and maintenance (O&M) to improve the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of our water supply. Our approach equips communities to financially manage their own O&M needs through long-term partnership with our community engagement team. Members of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Water User Committees (WUCs) are equipped with skills and knowledge of safe water chain management, collection and usage of O&M user fees, Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), O&M lifecycle costing, preventive maintenance, and roles and responsibilities.
At the community level, we organize and/or carry out training for community health groups on appropriate hygiene and sanitation approaches and methodologies. These groups are trained on their roles and responsibilities, community mobilization, as well as communication skills to enable them to effectively execute their work.
The Living Water Uganda hygiene promotion team conducts regular follow-up visits to monitor shifts in hygiene behaviors. To sustain total sanitation, Living Water Uganda introduces sanitation marketing and village savings and loans in Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities and often indirectly promotes the construction of household-level pit latrines through hygiene promotion intervention.
We cannot address material needs within a community without recognizing and participating in God’s work of transforming lives. Living Water Uganda believes the best news for communities is not that they can have clean water, but that they can be reconciled with their Creator through Jesus Christ.
Our key focus includes:
· Training staff training in oral disciple-making using stories and questions as a way to engage people in dialogue about biblical truth.
· Working alongside local churches and empowering religious leaders to be servants and sources of encouragement in the community.
· Oral disciple-making: Recognizing that many of the communities in our program area are made up of primarily oral preference learners, we train church leaders on disciple-making by conducting oral storytelling (orality) workshops. We believe telling stories and asking questions—allowing community members to discover and articulate biblical truth for themselves and apply it to their own context—is often the most appropriate and effective way to share the Good News.
· Sharing the gospel at community engagement meetings, before and after water-point construction/drilling, and at dedication ceremonies of all the new water points so whoever uses it will think of he who satisfies their deepest thirst.
To learn more about supporting our work here—such as equipment, water projects, or our entire program area, please contact your local Living Water Representative.
To make a gift today, visit Ways to Give.