Living Water Uganda first began its operations in 2010. Our focus was providing safe water sources to primary schools in Ruhaama County, located in the Ntungamo district in southwest Uganda. By the end of 2011, the Ruhaama “Water for Schools” program had constructed over 80 water points in schools within the county. With this success as a starting point, the program evolved into Living Water International’s pilot WASH Program Area (WPA) in January 2012. In January 2013, we launched an additional WPA in Nyabushozi within the Kiruhura district. In 2016, we initiated our third WPA in the district of Ibanda in southwest Uganda.
Living Water Uganda is postured as an NGO that seeks long-term physical and spiritual development of its beneficiaries. Our unique approach aims to maximize impact through
•Fostering a long-term relationship with a specific geographical area for 3-5 years to reinforce transformation across communities;
•Providing high-level water access (geographical coverage and quantity per household) using diverse technology that is both optimized for long-term development and compliant with local government requirements;
•Empowering communities to recognize needs and engage with solutions;
•Integrating the message of Christian living into all aspects of our work through deep-seated church partnerships and a focus on Bible storytelling workshops.
Living Water Uganda is effective because of a qualified team of professionals with backgrounds in water engineering, drilling, natural resources, social science/works, community development, public health, human resource management, project design, monitoring and evaluation, and the environment. Living Water Uganda also partners with international NGOs to expand our capacities and develop new approaches. These partnerships include Africa Community Technical Services, line ministries, and other sanitation working groups. Our expertise, coupled with experience gleaned from Living Water Uganda’s pilot WPA model, position us as forerunners of holistic community transformation.
By June 2021, Living Water Uganda will transition from the WASH Program Areas in Ruhaama, Nyabushozi, and Ibanda and will establish new WPAs in Malongo.
Living Water Uganda provides safe water access through new wells, rehabilitations, and complex water systems such as gravity flow systems and protected springs. We operate a PRD 650 DTH borehole drilling rig with a depth capacity of 150 meters (492 feet). The use of this drilling equipment has enabled us to significantly cut the cost of drilling, as we institute quality assurance measures in compliance with Living Water’s Quality Standards and national standards/guidelines. We also acquired a PAT Drill 421 to increase reaction time, and significantly reduce work stoppages in case of equipment breakdowns. Additionally, Living Water Uganda collaborates with district water offices to locate and rehabilitate non-Living Water 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 our inception, Living Water Uganda has realized the need for operations and maintenance (O&M) to improve the performance, efficiency, and sustainability of our water access points. Our approach equips communities to financially manage their own O&M needs through community driven solutions. Members of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Water User Committees (WUCs) are equipped with skills and knowledge of safe water chain management, the collection and usage of O&M user fees, Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA), O&M lifecycle costing, and preventive maintenance.
Living Water Uganda carries out trainings at the community level to develop ownership of hygiene and sanitation practices that support health. The participants are trained for specific roles and responsibilities, community mobilization, and communication skills that all enable them to effectively execute their work. The Living Water Uganda hygiene promotion team conducts regular follow-up visits to monitor the transformation resulting from hygiene behaviors. To sustain total sanitation, Living Water Uganda introduces sanitation marketing and community savings and loans in Open Defecation Free (ODF) communities, and often indirectly promotes the construction of household-level pit latrines through hygiene promotion intervention.
The power of water to both sustain and cleanse serve as a picture of how God’s Word has this effect on the hearts of those who follow him. 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 safe water, but they can be reconciled with their Creator through Jesus Christ. For us, delivering this Good News looks like: Strengthening the capacity of local churches to proclaim the gospel and embody God’s love—training them in integral mission, WASH approaches, school outreach, children’s ministry, youth ministry, and principles of community development. Practicing Bible storytelling at every established water access point. We believe in telling stories and asking questions, allowing community members to discover and articulate biblical truth for themselves and apply it to their own context. The collective engagement of local churches with the Bible storytelling approach unites the region through shared language and common understanding of the gospel. Thus, churches that do not typically work together establish relationships and common ground, creating a network representing Christ in their regions.
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