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Building Resilience

Lifeline has stood alongside refugee, displaced, and crisis-affected communities since its inception. The communities we work with are not recipients of aid. They are community stakeholders who should be engaged early and often in crafting solutions to their own challenges. Our passion comes from seeing our community partners build resilience to the challenges they face, rely on their own knowledge, skills and resources and work toward greater community growth.

Lifeline’s programs have been developed with local leaders, community groups and humanitarian partners of over 100,000 refugee and displaced households in Haiti, Northern Uganda, Darfur, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and Ethiopia. We develop models that build resilience to climate shocks, mitigate environmental degradation and support local livelihoods. Working to transform how individuals see their roles and opportunities within a community, our efforts also emphasize energy efficiency as an entry to leadership, stakeholder support and long-term ownership of solutions.


  • Over 90% adoption of household and institutional stove technologies
  • Hundreds of income opportunities for stove manufacturers, vendors and energy kiosk staff
  • Independent expansion and creation of new enterprises
  • Engaged local leaders developing plans to support efficient energy access, protect the environment and mobilize investment resources

Stoves for Schools Boost Efficiencies, Save Energy

Institutional stoves are revolutionizing the way schools in Uganda deliver meals to students – and helping preserve the environment in the process. Mr. Were Nassani, deputy of Namalu Mixed Primary School in Nakapiripirit, Karamoja region, is reporting exciting savings in both energy and efficiencies with his school’s Institutional Stove (IS).

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Generating Income for Her Family, One Stove at a Time

Georgette is an elderly single mother and caretaker of seven children in her household, many of whom are her own grandchildren orphaned while fleeing from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Uganda. A survivor of the area’s armed conflict, she has made her home in Uganda’s Nakivale settlement and is now an active member of the Wakati Foundation’s women’s group.

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