Lacking access to any protected water source, approximately 40% 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.
Without access to clean water, it is virtually impossible for vulnerable communities to pull themselves out of the poverty cycle. To address this problem and maximize the impact of its water program, Lifeline emphasizes:
through the use of a competitive bidding process and engagement of a highly experienced team to monitor the construction, Lifeline has been able to keep the cost of drilling a borehole to a minimum while maintaining the highest quality standards.
Lifeline requires community participation at every stage of borehole construction ensure that each community has a sense of ownership over its new water source. By and treating communities as active agents in their own development Lifeline ensures the long-term sustainability of its projects.
Lifeline implements multi-faceted hygiene and sanitation initiatives in which communities are encouraged to take responsibility for their collective health. Though these community-led initiatives, Lifeline has trained tens of thousands of individuals and maximized the impact of its water projects.
In 2014, Lifeline began a major clean water project in the Apac District of Northern Uganda in partnership with Aqua for All and the Coca Cola Africa Foundation. Our goal was threefold: achieve universal access to clean water points throughout the district, put systems in place that would ensure the long-term sustainability of these water points, and implemented community-led initiatives that would vastly improve the level of sanitation and hygiene awareness. Over the past 18 months, Lifeline had constructed 75 boreholes in Apac District, launched 75 Community Development Clubs, and worked with the local government to establish an ecosystem that will help communities preserve and maintain their water points for a decade or longer.