Lacking access to any protected water source, approximately 60% of the population of Northern Uganda is forced to drink from unprotected water sources, exposing themselves to water-borne diseases that claim the lives of more than 22,000 Ugandan children every year.
Aware that without access to clean water, it is virtually impossible for vulnerable communities to pull themselves out of the poverty cycle. Lifeline seeks to maximize the reach and impact of its water program to the greatest extent possible. To achieve this goal, Lifeline emphasizes:
by conducting its water operations with its own drilling rigs and its on trained drilling team, Lifeline has been able to drastically reduce the cost of drilling a borehole to a fraction of the amount private contractors generally charge other agencies to complete the same activity.
Lifeline requires community participation at every stage of borehole construction in order to ensure communities’ sense of ownership over their new water source. By working with and treating communities as active agents of development Lifeline ensures the long-term sustainability of its projects.
Lifeline’s Sanitation & Hygiene team ensures the long-term success of Lifeline’s water projects by working with communities to carry out multifaceted hygiene and sanitation initiatives. Lifeline has trained 150,000 people in life-saving sanitation practices to ensure the maximum impact.
In 2009, Lifeline began a major clean water project in Uganda, co-founded by Charity Water. Our goal was twofold: create cleaner and closer water sources and improve sanitation and hygiene awareness. Over the next two years, Lifeline constructed boreholes in 110 villages in Lira and Gulu districts in which people had been getting their drinking water from unprotected springs, swamps and other contaminated sources. In many cases, rubbish and animal feces were found in or near these water sources. Frequently, villagers had to walk hours at a time to access water that was not even clean. As a result of Lifeline’s efforts, these villagers now have access to clean water and for many of them, the time they spend collecting it has been reduced to just 15 to 45 minutes.