Watchmen International |Lifewater safe drinking water project

The Problem

Just short of 1 billion people worldwide have no access to clean and safe drinking water. Water-borne diseases are responsible for over 12 million deaths a year. Lack of access to clean water means that, for much of the world, water must be boiled before drinking. This is a major undertaking and, with rapidly diminishing natural resources, the environmental and human impact of this activity is significant – consuming huge quantities of energy, resource and time. For many, the simple cost of purchasing fuel – such as wood or charcoal – is prohibitive. In addition, boiled unfiltered water is generally unpleasant to the taste.

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A Simple Solution

Technologies and chemicals available to Western cultures to purify drinking water are often not transferable or culturally appropriate to the poor communities in developing nations. Watchmen International has therefore designed a simple, versatile and inexpensive ‘low-tech’ water filtration kit. These kits transform disease-infected water into safe, pure and pleasant-tasting drinking water that requires no boiling. Our Static Kit, coupled together with readily available plastic bins are quickly and easily assembled to provide individual families, schools and other organisations with an instant answer to water-borne sickness. Our Emergency Kits, which incorporate a durable plastic bag and collapsible water container are used extensively in Refugee Settlements where the population is much more fluid. A report from one of our nursery schools in Kenya indicated that, since installing a Lifewater system, daily absenteeism of children due to sickness had reduced from more than 25% to 5%.

Village Projects and Refugee Settlements

Through generous and ongoing sponsorship provided by the Aall Foundation and Water Works Program, Watchmen International is working in Village Projects – providing clean and safe drinking water to every home, health centre and school within selected villages across Uganda, Rwanda and Western Kenya (Aall-funded); and in two large Refugee Settlements in Central and Northern Uganda (Water Works funded).

What can I do to Help?

There are always opportunities for individuals, churches, charities and businesses to engage with Lifewater Projects. For example, a one-off gift of £45 enables us to donate a Lifewater system in a home, school, or health centre, thereby providing clean and safe drinking water in the local communities in which we work. In 2017, a UK-based local church sponsored 100 homes and a primary school in a Ugandan village for £4,500. A member of the church also joined a Lifewater team for the distribution in their sponsored village. For more details on sponsorship opportunities please go to the sponsorship page.