Project #15560

Change the Life of a Ugandan Child with Water

by Change A Life Uganda
Thatched roof house
Thatched roof house

Our school, health center and the local community finally have access to clean water from the new 512' well which we launched July 2014.  

But what about our families who live outside of Migyera town?  The well cannot support this rural community which still gets its water each day from the green colored, contaminated rain collecting dams. Our children and families continue to be impacted by illnesses from water born diseases, absenteeism from school due to poor menstrual hygiene, poor latrine and bathroom hygiene.

What is ChangeALife Uganda's plan to bring clean water to these families and improve the hygiene of the community?   Our new WASH program (Water, Sanitation and Health) is the next step.  One objective to be addressed by our WASH program is improved access to safe water for 75 households by December 2017. This will include construction of water harvesting infrastructure to provide clean water for domestic use. 

We have 209 children in our sponsorship program who come from low resourced households. We aim to ensure that at least 50% of these families have access to clean water within the next four years. This method is a convenient household option and no energy is required to collect the water.  As such, every year we propose

  • to replace 25 roofs in 25 homes from grass thatch to metal sheets to collect the rain water 
  • install gutters
  • install a water collection tank and a
  • filtration system.

Another part of our WASH program is that the beneficiaries will refund 50% in small installments which will be used to scale up the project in subsequent years.

You can help our families access clean water and replace their thatch roof with metal sheeting and install gutters, a collection tank and a filtration system.  Total cost for one house is $1200. 

Metal roof:            

     Description                                                    Price

  • 30 gauge Iron sheet roof coverings       $200   (20 pieces)
  • 30 gauge Iron sheet roof coverings       $100   (10 pieces)
  • 30 gauge Iron sheet roof coverings       $10       (1 piece)
  • Roof Framing                                         $382
  • Roof Finish                                            $125

Ceiling Construction

  • Cement                                                  $35
  • Assorted Nails                                       $15
  • Sand                                                      $40
  • Ceiling joists                                          $85
  • Banderings & mesh                               $45
  • Labor                                                     $70

Rain Harvesting

  • Gutters                                                  $50
  • 500 Liter Havesting tank                     $130
  • Down Pipe and diameter bends            $25
  • Labor                                                     $60

Water Purification System                              $130

Rain harvesting tank and roof from metal sheets
Rain harvesting tank and roof from metal sheets
Child drinking clean water
Child drinking clean water
Clean water is life.
Clean water is life.

July 14 was a special day in the life of the students of St. Lawrence School, the patients and staff at St. Francis Health Center and the community of Migyera. Bishop Paul Ssemogerere from the Kasana Luweero Diocese in the presence of priests from the diocese, community members, the school band, local and district officials, Fr. Lawrence and our ChangeALife Uganda team, blessed our water project and pulled the lever to let the water flow.

What great excitement and celebration - finally clean, safe water from the deep aquifer. The whole community celebrated with music, singing, speeches and traditional dances performed by St. Lawrence School students. Smiles and laughter filled the school yard as the children for the first time in their lives jumped up and down and played in water as it fell on their heads, wet their shirts and cooled them off in the hot afternoon sun.

It was overwhelming for Dave and me as tears ran down our faces thinking of the many donors - especially the quarters from hundreds of NJ school children and the caring and generous donors who made this gift possible. It has been a long journey from when we started in 2009 - 5 years later, water in MIgyera. On behalf of Fr. Lawrence Kimbowa, Dave and me and the ChangeALife team, thank you for your support. Please extend a big thank you to any of your friends who donated to the water project for their support. It was an amazing day!

Finally clean water.  It
Finally clean water. It's been a long journey.
St. Lawrence students celebrate clean water.
St. Lawrence students celebrate clean water.
The 50,000L water tower supplies water to all.
The 50,000L water tower supplies water to all.
The community gets water from the water kiosk.
The community gets water from the water kiosk.
Great entertainment: St. Lawrence students dancers
Great entertainment: St. Lawrence students dancers
Laying the piping
Laying the piping

It is with much excitement and anticipation that we await an email confirming water is filling CALU's 50,000L water tank. Any day now the students of St. Lawrence School and the heatlh center patients will have abundant, safe water.  The installation of 1600 meters of piping and the distribution networks to the school, heath center and the consumer connections was completed early April.  

Recently I received this report from Andrew Wesige, the Headmaster at St. Lawrence School. 

Work on the water project is going on well, the engineers are working tirelessly to complete the work despite the tough ground they have faced while digging the trench. St. Lawrence children have been giving in a hand on tasks such as covering the pipes in the trenches with soil and carrying materials or giving simple manual labor on site to the engineers as shown on photos attached. Indeed the learners are longing for this water making them anxious about the progress on the project. Drought here has been very long since it started late October last year to date. As a result we are using water sparingly that learners have felt the impact.

Fr. Lawrence updated me a few days ago that the final procees is in place with Uganda electric to connect the power from the transformer to the water pump.  As we said in our last report that we are confident 2014 will be the year of water, a year that would not be possible with out the continued support of all of our Change A Life Uganda friends.  Stay tuned....any day now!

Digging the ditch
Digging the ditch
Water pipes
Water pipes
St. Lawrence Students help with the water project
St. Lawrence Students help with the water project
Can you believe it! Dreams can come true!
Can you believe it! Dreams can come true!

A significant number of tasks on the Migyera Water Project "to do list" were joyously crossed off in December. Number one on the list was the completion of the pump house construction, replete with wiring, plumbing, and fencing.  Of course a pump house without a reservoir is not even a house, and so we are extremely happy to report that the 50,000L reservoir tower, also with plumbing and fencing, was completed as well. Finally, but no less significant, the transformer has been replaced and a guard house has been built thus providing power and protection to the site.

As we continue to move forward in the new year, installation of 1600 meters of raw water pumping line has been earmarked as the next item on the list. It is estimated that this will be finished within a month from the start date. Following the raw water pumping main will be the laying of the distribution networks and the consumer connections. We are confident that 2014 will be the year of water, a year that would not be possible with out the continued support of all of our Change A Life Uganda friends.
We are overjoyed to announce that we reached our $15,000 goal through your donations to Global Giving combined with donations directly to ChangeALife Uganda.  December 31st brought an amazing surprise - two friends of ChangeALife Uganda donated the final $8,000.  What a way to end 2013!
Nasir Uddin and Ugandan team visit water tower.
Nasir Uddin and Ugandan team visit water tower.

Nasir Uddin from Empower Energy Group, a CALU partner traveled to Uganda this week to visit our water project in Migyera.  With the funding sent in Novermber, it is exciting to report that construction has resumed on the project and progress is evident.  Nasir is standing with our Ugandan team in front of the recently constructed security fence at the water tower site.  In addition to the fence, the contractors have installed the required plumbing at the water tower which will connect it to the pipes and carry water from the well located 1.5 miles away. The contractors now are installing plumbing at the well site.  After a short holiday break, work will continue.  As the project progresses, local townspeople will be hired to dig the trenches thereby increasing the community's participation and commitment to this valuable community asset.  With over $3,000 already donated, we are hopeful that the remaining funding from our Global Giving project will allows us to complete the project and finally bring clean water to our chlldren and health center. 


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Change A Life Uganda

Location: Jackson, NJ - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Change A Life Uganda
Project Leader:
Kathleen Brown
Litlle Silver, NJ United States

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