Since 1977, Lifewater has been working in over 40 countries serving the most vulnerable children and families with clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Currently, in the Kaliro District in Uganda, Lifewater works with local staff and volunteers who go house to house, teaching and training on the ways of clean water, sanitation and hygiene. The Lifewater model is one where everyone participates creating safe and healthy village.
This "Vision of a Healthy Village" model starts by working on the household level making small changes which turn into large health improvements throughout the community.
It starts on the household level where families have the opportunity to become certified as a "Healthy Home". For a family to be certified, they must use sfae water and store properly, use a latrine, wash hands, dry dishes safely, and keep a clean compound.
Open Defecation Free
Each community works with Lifewater staff through exercises that show how their lifestyle is actually making them sick. One of the biggest eye-opening experiences is seeing how open defecation can lead to food and water contamination.
Each household begins building their own latrine and all the family members use it. Once this occurs in the village, they are certified as ODF ( Open Defecation Free) and their is a great celebration!
Besides the home, one of the most crucial places for safe water, sanitation, and hygiene is at school. Providing access to clean water, latrines, is essential for kids to stay in school. And, when kids learn these steps for a healthy lifestyle in school, they are very likely to continue to practices at home too.
Along with creating health improvements, Lifewater is also helping to create jobs, meet the entrepreneurs:
Find out how you can help at Lifewater.org