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2003-01-02Our Mission

From the outset, Lifeline's goal was to promote self sustaining interventions that would have an outsized impact in relieving the suffering of refugees and other vulnerable persons in the poorest regions of the world

2003-11-01Lifeline Founded

Based in Washington DC, Lifeline was founded in 2003 as a private, non- profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing cost-effective technologies and self-sustaining interventions in order to enable vulnerable individuals to lift themselves out of poverty

2006-03-06Lifeline becomes Operational

Lifeline established a permanent office in Lira, Uganda

2006-04-01Rural Stove Program in Uganda

Lifeline began distributing fuel saving stoves in IDP camps in Northern Uganda, ultimately reaching about 20,000 households. The core of these stoves consists of six bricks molded out of a mixture of clay and rice husk. The bricks are fired in a woodless kiln and then bound together to form an insulated combustion chamber.

2006-06-01Clean Safe Water Program

By conducting its own "in house" water operations, Lifeline has dramatically reduce the cost of drilling a borehole in Northern Uganda. Over the past five years Lifeline, has completed 270 boreholes. Each borehole serves 500 to 800 people and provides clean water needs to approximately 200,000 individuals.

2006-08-01Rural Stove Program in Darfur

Lifeline launched its first humanitarian stove project in Darfur in mid-2006 with the aim of slowing deforestation, building the capacity of local women and reducing their exposure to gender-based violence.

2007-08-01Tanzania Training Stove Program

Lifeline trained local agencies on fuel-efficient stove production and training for Burundese and Congolese refugees in Tanzania

2008-02-01Dadaab, Kenya - Stove Program

In 2008, Lifeline began distributing rocket stoves to refugees living in the Dadaab camps on the Somali border of Kenya. Lifeline employed a staff of 35 refugees, who produced and distributed over 25,000 clay and metal-clad stoves.

2009-02-01Uganda - Commercial Stove Program

After providing thousands of stoves to Ugandans who had been displaced by war, Lifeline launched it's commercial stove program in Lira District, where it sold its Okelo Kuc or ("Peacemaking Stove"), thereby stimulating self-sustaining markets and building local capacity.

2009-06-01Uganda - Institutional Stove Program

Lifeline initiated an institutional stove program in Uganda in 2009. Since that time, Lifeline has produced, sold and/or installed approximately 250 stoves for public schools, hosptials and other institutions.

2010-03-01Haiti - Humanitarian Stove Program

Following the devastating earthquake that ravaged Haiti in January 2010, Lifeline began distributing fuel efficient stoves to displaced persons in Port-au-Prince and subsequently began providing institutional stoves to primary and secondary schools.

2011-02-01PCIA Global Leadership

Lifeline was the recipient of the prestigious PCIA Global Leadership Award for its leadership in four key areas (meeting social and behavioral needs, developing local markets, improving technology design & performance, monitoring impacts of interventions)

2011-04-01Haiti - Institutional Stove Program

Lifeline has provided 450 institutional stoves to schools in Port-au-Prince and Gonaive since 2010.

2011-06-01Haiti - Commercial Stove Program

Lifeline's commercial stove, known as Recho PlopPlop+ (Creole for "Quick Quick Stove+"), is a charcoal-burning stove made from locally available metal by Haitian tinsmiths.

Lifeline is a non-profit organization that was launched by Daniel Wolf in 2003 in memory of his father Dr. George Wolf.

Lifeline believes that the two conditions most responsible for the plight of impoverished and vulnerable individuals throughout the developing world are the lack of access to clean, safe drinking water and a clean and efficient method of cooking. Lifeline is addressing these problems by producing fresh water wells, implementing community-led hygiene and sanitation initiatives and promoting the widespread adoption of fuel-efficient stoves as an alternative to cooking on an open “three-stone” fire.