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
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
Lifeline established a permanent office in Lira, 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.
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.
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.
Lifeline trained local agencies on fuel-efficient stove production and training for Burundese and Congolese refugees in Tanzania
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Lifeline has provided 450 institutional stoves to schools in Port-au-Prince and Gonaive since 2010.
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.