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Reliable Water Access

Accessing water from safe sources is one of the largest challenges for communities in sub-Sarahan Africa. Lifeline is working to bring innovative technologies and solutions to help find and keep safe water flowing. Since 2006, Lifeline has drilled and repaired 370+ water wells, benefiting over 250,000 individuals in rural Uganda.


  • 370+ water wells drilled and repaired, benefitting more than 250,000 individuals
  • 27,000 community members in rural Uganda covered by EverFlow water point maintenance and repair service
  • 13,000+ rural households and 25,000+ students trained to use improved hygiene practices

Community Impact:

  • 99.6% functionality at water points covered by EverFlow -> this equates to over 363 days of reliable water access per year
  • Over 9 million hours saved in reduced time spent collecting water

Lifeline, Stanford Make New Discoveries in Water Point Maintenance

Imagine a water supply that is accessed, managed, maintained and sustained by rural communities. That’s the vision behind Lifeline’s EverFlow Africa program, a community-funded rural water pump maintenance project to maintain rural water points so they run and have near 100 percent water all the time.

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“Regular, Clean and Safe”: Initiative Gets Water to Health Clinics

Getting clean water quickly isn’t just a matter of convenience to rural communities – it’s often the difference between life and death. The H2O + Water Initiative – piloted by Lifeline and Blue Planet Network in 2012 – aimed to bring clean water to rural populations and help under-served health clinics and communities in the Pallisa District of eastern Uganda, where 39 percent of the population lack access to clean water.

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Spreading Lessons of Good Hygiene Helps Spread Good Health

In rural Uganda, 1 in 12 children dies from preventable water-borne diseases before the age of 5. Without a piped water system, women and girls are forced to collect water for their households from contaminated lakes and puddles, or travel to a well in another village, which takes an average of two hours per day.

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Stanford University

Lifeline’s partnership with Stanford University — a leader in environmental research and innovation — is impacting safe water supplies in Uganda’s rural Apac District through its EverFlow program. EverFlow contracts with local water committees to maintain 700+ community-owned handpumps, while Stanford researchers work to analyze the demand and cost of their maintenance.

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