Project information

Lifeline: clean water, sanitation & nutrition

Lifeline looks at the most immediate and demanding needs of the people we work with. The communities we work in are faced with desperate levels of sanitation and nutrition. This initiative works to alleviate those problems quickly and effectively with culturally relevant and sustainable solutions.


Charity information: Operation Orphan

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  • Need


    All over the world, children are subject to appalling conditions where the clean water, sanitation and nutrition that we all take for granted are not freely available. Operation Orphan is tackling this problem by providing clean water, sanitation and nutrition to orphans and vulnerable children. In some African cultures, malnourished children are rejected and in some cases even killed by their families. Operation Orphan aims to rescue these children and ultimately give them a brighter future.


    Lifeline Ghana is based in the north of the country near Tamale and works in the rural villages addressing sanitation issues and nutrition. The Nutrition Centre provides rehydration and food for severely malnourished children and carers are taught vital lifesaving tips on nutrition and sanitation. Lifeline Uganda is addressing sanitation in the urban slum of Nabigyo Upper. There we have begun to install new community toilets which are safer, can be kept clean and can be emptied and used again.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide sanitation for some of the poorest communities in the world.


    » Build a minimum of 20 community toilets in the urban slum community of Nabigyo Upper, near Mbale in Uganda over a 3 year period.

    Success will be demonstrated by a reduction in both the level of sanitation-related disease and the number of accidents involving small children.

    Aim 2

    Provide a response to child malnutrition in some of the poorest communities in the world.


    » Research suitable locations and then build a second nutrition centre in either Ghana or Burkina Faso.

    Success will be demonstrated by a reduction in the child mortality rate due to malnutrition.

    Aim 3

    Provide a response to the lack of clean water in some of the poorest communities in the world.


    » Response currently undergoing research but could include digging bore holes and providing water treatment kits.

    Success will be demonstrated by a reduction in the level of disease associated with the lack of clean water.

  • Impact


    Lifeline will deliver culturally relevant and sustainable solutions to the issues of poor sanitation and nutrition in some of the world’s poorest communities. Success will result in these communities not only being healthier but better educated. Also in conjunction with the other projects and initiatives of Operation Orphan, these communities will be enabled to work their way out of poverty should they choose to do so.


    Operation Orphan is a relatively new charity with a small number of dedicated donors at present. Therefore we have been cautious not to be too overambitious in our budget at such an early stage of development.


    Donors will receive regular updates about the progress of the project. There will also be regular updates via the blog on the Operation Orphan website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £45,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £30,000 Nutrition Centre Construction of a second nutrition centre
      £10,000 Sanitation Construction of 20 toilets each @ £500
      £5,000 Clean Water Digging bore holes & providing water kits

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Collective donations received £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Lifeline Uganda is a response to the needs of the urban slum community of Nabigyo Upper near Mbale. This slum community has seen an increase in numbers as a result of rural-urban migration. Some of this migration is due to the perception that more money can be earned in the city and some is due to the lack of success in farming their rural land. However in most cases the reality is that instead of finding work, these people have fallen into poverty and now dwell in the slum.


    Orphans and vulnerable children living in some of the poorest communities in the world. In particular, those living in and around the urban slum community of Nabigyo Upper in Uganda and those living in and around those communities near the site of the second nutrition centre (once that location has been determined).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Operation Orphan works closely with trusted partners in all of the countries within which it operates, ensuring that financial support reaches those who care for those who need it most. All of our UK administrative costs (including web design) are underwritten by corporate sponsors which means that 100% of all the donations we receive will be used to fund our projects – so when you choose to support Operation Orphan, you can be sure that every penny will be spent on life-changing initiatives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Philip Wandendeya

    Philip Wandendeya is our Project Director in Uganda. He lives in the urban slum of Nabigyo Upper with his wife Margaret and their family.

    Ann & Terry Carpenter

    Ann & Terry Carpenter are our Poverty Relief Co-ordinators. They are the inspiration behind one of the most successful nutrition centres in Ghana.

Alhassan and Fuseina on arrival

Alhassan and Fuseina on arrival