“Providing In House” Production of Fresh Water Wells Since 2006″
By conducting its water operations “in house” (that is, with its own drilling rigs and its own trained drilling team), Lifeline has been able to cut out the “middle man” and, thereby, to dramatically reduce the cost of drilling a borehole. Over the past five years Lifeline has completed 230 boreholes for less than half of the amount that private contractors generally charge other agencies to complete the same activity. With each borehole serving 500 to 800 people, Lifeline’s water program has filled the clean water needs of approximately 150,000 individuals at a cost of less than $10 per person.
After providing thousands of stoves to Ugandans who had been displaced by war, Lifeline “commercialized” its stove program in 2008 — that is, we produced stoves for commercial sale, thereby stimulating self-sustaining markets and building local capacity. Lifeline’s program began in the north, where it sold the Okelo Kuc (the “peacemaking stove”) in Lira District. During 2012, the program expanded to Kampala, where Lifeline began selling a new stove – the “EcoSmart” – that had been modified to fit the cooking culture of the southern region. Both stoves are handcrafted by local artisans with locally available materials and then sold by local vendors.
In 2006, Lifeline began distributing fuel saving clay stoves in IDP camps in Northern Uganda ultimately reaching about 20,000 households. More recently, Lifeline has been working in rural communities, where it has trained 10,000 women on how to make and use a “rocket” stove. These stoves are constructed from bricks made from clay and rice husk. The bricks are fired in a woodless kiln and then bound together to form an insulated combustion chamber.
Lifeline provides institutional fuel saving stoves to primary and secondary schools. Since 2009, Lifeline has produced, sold and/or installed approximately 250 stoves in Northern Uganda. Lifeline’s institutional stoves are made entirely from locally available materials and are produced on-site by trained local staff. These stoves reduce the amount of wood needed for cooking by up to 60%, thereby saving the schools hundreds of dollars each semester. As the stoves are purchased at cost, this program is almost entirely self-sustaining.