Nearby Water Access Essential for Disabled Senior

Jane Nabawanuka


Access to clean and safe water in their homes is one of the most pressing needs of our seniors’ households. On a daily basis, they must travel miles to find potable water – collecting the only water they have in swamps, ponds, boreholes. For Jane Nabawanuka’s family, receiving a water tank gifted by her ROTOM senior friend, was crucial for her care needs.

Jane injured one of her legs badly in an accident in 2019. Unfortunately, even with medical treatment, her leg did not heal properly. This serious injury resulted in an infection and the paralysis of both legs; and she has been bedridden ever since. Because of her health state she is 100% dependent on her caregiver and what she feels, as helpless. She requires constant support to change bed positions or even move from one place to another.

Her granddaughter, Florence who lives in the neighborhood is currently her caregiver. Every day, she cooks, cleans, bathes Jane, washes her clothes and carries her from one place to another. This is a huge burden. Having nearby water access has eased some of these needs.

The only community borehole that’s close to their home most of time is out of service. And, the very few times it is working, there are so many people fighting for water that she cannot even access it.

Florence shared with us the relief and joy while discussing their situation. By Jane receiving a water tank from ROTOM it was such a huge blessing because it lifted the heavy burden that was making it very difficult to care for Jane. All the different chores that she does for Jane need adequate clean and accessible water. However, with the community stream being far away, it was often very hard to get water for Florence and her family – as well as water for Jane.

Now, thankfully with a new ROTOM water tank and storage system installed for Jane, these two ladies are extremely gracious and have water nearby. Access to clean water is no longer a worry, because it is always assured.

“I always worried about my granddaughter Florence. She not only has the burden of caring for me every day; she also had to look for water to help her with the chores. Today, I am so glad that ROTOM blessed me with a water tank. I can’t believe that I have water right outside my door. I am happy and thankful because the impact of this water tank is going to live on-not just for me but for many generations in my family to come. Thank you so much ROTOM,” exclaims Jane.

Thank you for giving the gift of water during our campaign last year. Water is a vital necessity for Jane’s everyday survival.

Article edited by Stephanie Matty