On January 1, 2016 ClearWater Initiative formally merged with International Lifeline Fund (Lifeline). The organizations are now a single legal entity under the Lifeline name. Prior to the merger, ClearWater operated for nearly a decade throughout Northern Uganda providing thousands with access to clean safe drinking water. Here’s an overview of ClearWater’s legacy.
ClearWater Initiative promoted simple, sustainable solutions for the provision of clean water in Northern Uganda. ClearWater strived to achieve this mission through technical excellence, responsible use of donor funds, collaboration with local communities and compassion for the needs of individuals overwhelmed by circumstances beyond their control.
Focused on community involvement and relevant training, ClearWater utilized established and innovative clean water solutions including borehole repairs, protected springs and well drilling.
ClearWater provided clean water resources, community education and micro finance programs in a sustainable manner. Programs relied on Ugandan engineers and labor from local communities to provide employment and skills training, which empowered the community to take ownership of each water source. Projects were guided by the counsel of local experts and are approved by relevant local water officials.
Through our merger with Lifeline, ClearWater’s mission of ensuring sustainable access to clean water throughout Northern Uganda lives on. Indeed, as a result of the synergies from that merger, we are achieving far more together than we could have possibly achieved separately and, hence, are doing more to honor the incredible legacy of our beloved founder than ever before.
A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Benjamin Sklaver proudly served his country as a Captain in the United States Army. While on active duty in Northern Uganda, Ben witnessed the chronic health concerns stemming from the lack of clean water in the region’s small villages. In 2007, upon his return to the U.S. Ben founded ClearWater Initiative.
Over the years, Ben’s efforts helped provide clean water to thousands across Northern Uganda earning him the affectionate moniker “Moses Ben.” During the same time span, Ben was hired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct disaster planning for the New York tri-state area. He was also newly engaged and planning a summer wedding with his fiancé Beth Segaloff.
In 2009, Ben was redeployed to Afghanistan. Tragically, on October 2, 2009, Ben was killed by a suicide bomber while on foot patrol in the Afghan village of Murcheh. Following Ben’s untimely death, ClearWater, led by family and close friends, continued Ben’s inspiring vision of providing clean water to those in the direst of circumstances.