“Providing Fresh Water Wells Since 2006″
For nearly a decade, Lifeline has been providing low cost, high quality boreholes for rural Ugandan communities in which people had been drinking from filthy and contaminated water sources. Over that period, Lifeline has completed 305 such boreholes that are serving the clean water needs of approximately 200,000 individuals at a cost of less than $10 per person. Lifeline has been putting systems in place that are helping communities preserve the integrity of their boreholes and that ensure their long-term sustainability.
To maximize the impact of its clean water projects on improving health and livelihoods, Lifeline has been establishing Community Development Clubs (CDCs) in each of the communities in which it is implementing those projects. The CDC model is an innovative method of affecting positive behavioral change in regards to hygiene/sanitation that has proven effective in mobilizing community members to take responsibility for their collective health and quality of life. Lifeline has launched 97 CDCs since 2014 and anticipates creating hundreds more in the years ahead.
After providing tens of thousands of Ugandans who had been displaced by war with access to fuel saving stoves from 2006 though 2008, Lifeline “commercialized” its stove program. That is, Lifeline produced stoves for commercial sale, thereby stimulating self-sustaining markets and building local capacity. Lifeline has since sold tens of thousands of its Okelo Kuc (the “peacemaking stove”) and EcoSmart charcoal-burning stoves to impoverished urban and peri-urban dwellers in Northern and Eastern Uganda and beyond. Then, in 2014, Lifeline began marketing a wood-burning version of its EcoSmart Stove in rural communities. All three stoves are handcrafted by local artisans with locally available materials and sold by local vendors.
Lifeline provides institutional fuel saving stoves to primary and secondary schools. Since 2009, Lifeline has produced, sold and/or installed approximately 260 stoves at schools and other institutions 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 about 40%, thereby saving the schools hundreds of dollars each semester. As the stoves are purchased at cost, this program is almost entirely self-sustaining.