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Causes: Water

Mission: Lifeline's mission is to promote catalytic change across the developing world through clean water and clean cooking interventions that profoundly improve quality of life.

Results: - 190,000 stoves sold and distributed in East Africa (Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Burundi) serving over 950,000 people - 42,000 stoves sold and distributed in Haiti benefiting over 210,000 people - 300+ boreholes drilled and rehabilitated in Uganda serving 235,000+ people

Target demographics: Lifeline seeks to break the cycle of extreme poverty by empowering women and strengthening rural communities through sustainable solutions that address their most vital needs of clean water, clean cooking and better livelihoods.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,000,000+

Geographic areas served: Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti

Programs: Lifeline implements low-cost and highly replicable interventions in the clean cooking and clean water space. We are passionate about creating a world in which no one is forced to drink contaminated water or expose themselves, their families and their environment to the harms associated with cooking on an open fire.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering at a fundraising event for ILF in October of 2016. The program for the evening was flawlessly planned and executed, but beyond that, it was plain to see how passionate every member of the ILF team is about creating real and powerful change. This organization helps call to attention things that many of us may take for granted -
access to clean water and stoves for cooking - and shows us how much of a difference access to these can make both on a small person-to-person scale and a larger public health scale. I am excited to see what ILF does in the future and hope to have the opportunity to volunteer with them again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ILF does exceptional work in both providing safe, clean water programs in Uganda and their stove program in Haiti. ILF's staff, partners, and even volunteers work tirelessly to improve the lives of people around the world, and they maintain a commitment to serving the global community. It's an honor to volunteer with them!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Clearwater is a great project that has really grown from an idea into an effective organization that serves the needs of rural communities in Uganda. I have personally visited many of the areas Clearwater works in and the needs, after many years of conflict, are immense.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

The origin of Clearwater Initiative is well know. Ben was a friend and the type of person that you would follow anywhere. He was a very impressive guy who led by example and by setting out a clear mission. Clearwater is his legacy and an organization I feel great about supporting.
The impact on the ground of providing clean water to those in rural Uganda is tremendous. As a development worker, I have been to rural sites in Latin America, Asia and Africa and even lived in some of those villages where I had to carry my own water from river for hundreds of yards on a mountain path so I could cook some rice. Imagine doing that everyday for all your whole life? For villagers, it is usually the children who have to carry water, often missing school so their family can drink and cook and clean. Clean, safe, accessible water is an essential basic service that American's take for granted, but is absent for 100's of millions of people. Under Ben's guidance, Clearwater is doing something about that.
I have great confidence that Clearwater management is fulfilling's Ben's mission and managing my donations effectively.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had an opportunity to work with ILF for a short term in Haiti, Uganda and Kenya. I am so impressed to find out the commitment provided to refugees and vulnerable people on clean cook stove, water and sanitation, and hygiene program in those countries. I am enthused by their activities. Clean stove, drinking water and hygiene are the basic right of the people to acquire. Fuel-efficient clean stove selection, use of local materials in stove production, involving the local people to get involve in income generation, use of efficient technology in borehole drilling are worth to mention. Research and development, experts involvement are the commitments provided to the success of the ILF’s work.
Daniel Wolf, the Executive Director and Vahid Jahangiri, Vice President both tirelessly work to support the quality of life of ILF employees and the communities. I am honored to be a part in the team. The organization is small compared to big NGOs and do things in a great way to change the life of needy people in Haiti and African countries. Danial, Vahid and Deborah are friendly and equally deeply passionate people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have previously worked with ILF in Uganda and Kenya in a management capacity. Although a small organisation at the time, ILF provided a great scope for community led development through livelihood projects including the fuel efficient stove project. Although there were many challenges in adapting to the local context and demonstrating a 'value add' to local contexts, the results I saw were clear, tangible and sustainable. The program fostered strong relations with refugee and local communities and developed the capacities of staff, encouraging locally led development. The great strides the organisation has taken over the years are testament to the determination and passionate belief of staff in the value of the work. I would welcome the chance to collaborate with ILF again. Ben Fraser

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

International Lifeline Fund goes above and beyond to serve with justice and compassion. They not only apply their programs but address surrounding social issues they can improve simultaneously. I had the opportunity to talk to Vahid Jahangiri and he has been a key player in helping grow this organization. When you give money to this organization, you can be confident that your money is helping in the best possible way.

Marielle M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a friend and believer in ILF's Deputy Director Vahid Jahangiri. He is a man of extreme courage, compassion and drive to make life better for humanity, be it those closest to him or someone he has just met. He has chosen an extremely important organization to do his work since ILF provides 2 fundamentally basic needs to humanity, the opportunity to provide clean water and a safe way to cook food and provide heat. I have been to a few of their fundraising events and have met Executive Director, Daniel Wolf and VP and Secretary Deborah Terry and they are equally deeply passionate and committed to the mission of bringing clean water and fuel-efficient stoves to those desperately in need in Africa and Haiti. These three individuals are a force for good and with their team have brought relief to so many. i encourage all to support ILF and look into what the organization accomplishes. You are sure to be awed. They make life better for so many.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although I've never really worked with or for the ILF, I have definitely had the pleasure of both knowing and having previously worked with at least one of the people there. His name is Vahid "VJ" Jahangiri. I've known Vahid since 1985 (we went to high school together) and since then have shared many wonderful (and some not so wonderful) times with him. We've been through so much together, both good and bad, that it has made the both of us much stronger and much more aligned with the needs of people, in general...especially VJ. I've seen him grow both professionally and personally and I can tell you this: there is no one more capable of delivering goods, services, or even humanitarian aid to those in need more so than VJ. He is an incredibly astute person, very reliable, punctual and in constant touch with the needs of the less fortunate. I have seen VJ go out of his way to make things happen, which is one of his specialties. He's great with people, very fair but also someone who should not be crossed, a "no BS" kind of guy. But more so than anything else, VJ is a gentleman and a pleasure to work with, which is why I'm very confident in his abilities to provide the best service and represent ILF in the best light to the eyes of the world. If VJ is at all an indicator of the type of service that ILF provides, then I can assure all of you th at we as the general public and also those with the most pressing needs are in good hands.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer for ILF three years ago. At that time, ILF was smaller but did a lot of work with real impact on people lives in Africa, working with and training local communities, and introducing solutions to provide these communities with efficient stoves and clean water. I was inspired by ILF team’s dedication, courage and endless energy. The commitment Mr. Jahangiri and Mr. Wolf have to their work is beyond words. I’m glad to see ILF grow and expand their work in Africa and Haiti, and encourage everyone to support the organization.

Becky26

Donor

Rating: 5

Glad to have supported ILF's water program in Uganda and stove program in Haiti. They work tirelessly, and are committed to implementing the best programs on the ground to serve those in need.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ILF's success story in Uganda is one to be duplicated by other organisations aiming at achieving sustainable development. Moreover, their improved charcoal stove is outstanding, with the highest thermal efficiency you can find in the market worldwide.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

ILF is one of the most committed and expert organizations working on reducing refugee vulnerability through clean cook stoves. They leverage community employment and education to create lasting behavior change and give these communities the tools and dignity to make their own decisions about appropriate solutions for their cooking needs. I continue to be impressed with their dedication and innovation and have been fortunate to work with them in Haiti and Dadaab.

Aria N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Actively working and giving to improve the life of others, lifeline is truely extending a "life line" to others. Keep up the good work guys.

Scott P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am impressed with ILF's implementation process of water point sources in Northern Uganda. The results speak for themselves: Since 2005, ILF has drilled 211 boreholes across 10 Districts in Uganda, serving over 150,000 villagers, and has one of the lowest costs per borehole in the region. They have set up an internal process that incorporates all of the components the sector experts recommend and then executes it very well ensuring villagers have access to high quality water points. As a hydrogeologist who has worked on several international development water projects, it is refreshing to see an organization who is willing to take all the necessary steps that ensure both a technically and socially successful WASH project.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The no nonsense and practical approach of International Lifeline fund to problems related to lack of safe drinking water and environmental degradation is something others could learn from.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the years, i had the opportunity to get to know some of the members of this organization such as Mr Wolf and Mr Jahangiri who have decided to dedicate their life's to make a difference by providing people around the globe with life basic essentials that you and i are blessed with. Mr Jahangiri and his capable team venture into areas around the world where most others won't dare to explore. We must realize that this mission is beyond the scope of just one team and requires a great deal of support from all who care to make a small difference for humanity at this very moment. As some would be skeptical (like myself) to where the financial proceedings go but I can truly say from what I ve seen, these selfless individuals have no other Interest but serving humanity with the rights that they are entitled to. At last, it is up to you and I to help make this happen by giving them our support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked in the development field for many years and I am struck by the dedication and commitment that all members of ILF staff have shown in their work. International Lifeline Fund is a young and efficient organization with a sound financial status, this allows the organization to be fully operational in a short time. It's major focus is related to the fact that exposure to smoke from traditional cookstoves causes 2 million premature deaths annually and that 1 billion people in the world lack access to clean drinking water. ILF works to provide clean water and fuel saving stoves to vulnerable communities in Africa and Haiti. Lifeline also invests in research and development to design and produce fuel saving stoves, while utilizing local workers and materials to ensure durability and sustainability. This is an organization worth sponsoring!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

International Lifeline Fund is an organization that provides both clean water and fuel saving stoves to vulnerable communities in Africa and Haiti. Lifeline invests in research and development to design and produce fuel saving stoves, while utilizing local workers and materials to ensure durability and sustainability. Furthermore, Lifeline's stoves are designed to ensure that local cooking practices are not altered, ensuring local households will use and benefit from fuel saving stoves and stop using traditional stoves. Lifeline dedicates itself to make a difference in the lives of women and their households in Uganda, Kenya and Haiti. Support International Lifeline Fund!

Advisor

Rating: 5

ILF believes in utilizing technology and community education to improve the lives of the poor. It invests in research and development to improve the fuel efficient stoves it produces utilizing local workers and materials so that these products are durable and efficient. ILF makes a difference in aiding the lives of women in Uganda, Haiti and Kenya to spend less time gathering firewood or fuel for cooking. That means that the time and resources saved can be used for other family needs, like child rearing and education. In Uganda it has brought clean water to over 200 villages and trained local Water user Committees to care for and maintain their new water sources.