International Lifeline Fund Established 2003 Member since 2011

Mission and Vision

ILF’s mission is to bring clean water and fuel-efficient stoves to displaced and impoverished communities in sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti. By using the most self-sustaining interventions, ILF provides disadvantaged individuals with the tools necessary to lift themselves out of poverty.


Lifeline is a private non-profit foundation that was launched by Daniel Wolf in 2003 in memory and honor of his father, Dr. George Wolf. From the outset, Lifeline's vision was to promote self-sustaining interventions that would have an outsized impact in relieving the suffering of refugees and other vulnerable persons in the poorest regions of the world. During its first two years, Lifeline focused most of its attention on refugee advocacy issues, as it explored various possibilities for humanitarian programs that would fit within its vision. By 2006, Lifeline had settled on two such programs – one that would promote the use of an efficient clay stove and the other that would bring clean water to people who were drinking from stagnant pools. Since that time, Lifeline’s sustainable fuel and clean water programs have profoundly improved the lives of more than 1,200,000 beneficiaries who have been uprooted by violence or natural disaster in Northern Uganda, Darfur, Somalia, Burundi, the Congo and, most recently Haiti.

Project History Details

ILF has been implementing clean water projects in Northern Uganda since early 2006. Prior to applying for any institutional funding or external donor support, ILF wanted to prove its capacity to provide clean water cheaply and effectively. This determination resulted in ILF drilling approximately 130 boreholes from April 2006 to April 2009 benefiting about 85,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Northern Uganda, a region ravaged by the rebel insurgency the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). In May 2009 ILF received its first institutional funding from charity: water and began cost sharing the implementation of its water projects in Northern Uganda. In the summer of 2009 ILF purchased two drilling rigs, one for shallow and one for deep boreholes, thereby drastically reducing the cost of drilling boreholes and allowing ILF to drill more boreholes, more efficiently.

Total WASH Budget

$250,000 - 499,999

The lives of 231,159 people in 1 country have been impacted.

Improved Drinking Water


across 220 projects

Improved Sanitation


across 1 projects



across 1 projects

International Lifeline Fund
1616 P Street NW
Suite 430
Washington, DC 20036
United States

  • Alexis Coppola
  • Georgia Davis
    Knowlege & Learning Officer, WASH
  • Alison Filler
    Program Associate
  • Vahid Jahangiri
    Deputy Director
  • Dan Wolf
    Executive Director

Projects in:   Uganda  

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