Healthy Villages


96,746 People Living in Healthy Villages

Empowering people to
create thriving villages and lasting change

Real transformation can only come from within a community.

Through the implementation of five healthy habits in every home and construction of a safe water point, a community becomes united, healthy, and lasting change becomes a reality.


Healthy Villages: Real-Time Impact


Making a Village Healthy

Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS)

Staff show villages how their current practices are making them sick. The process creates communities who are knowledgeable about their health and willing to make critical changes.

Local Leaders Training

Local leaders undergo a series of trainings to become water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilitators. Once certified, they’re assigned a group of homes, and they begin teaching families how to practice life-saving healthy habits.

House-to-House Engagement

WASH facilitators work with every family (including vulnerable households) and encourage villages to unite for safe water. Overall, 90% of the households must be certified as a Healthy Home for the village to be considered healthy.

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Water Committee

Respected leaders in each village are responsible for collecting user fees and managing the new water source. Women are the most knowledgeable about water collection, so they hold at least 50% of the seats.

Learn about water committees>

New Water Source

Once a village has completed all prerequisites, construction can begin on the new water source. Our engineers plan for the appropriate water source, and the community is prepared to sustain safe water.

Learn about clean water access >


Becoming a Healthy Village is worthy of celebration! Villages host a party and invite representatives from the government for speeches, official certificates, and dancing. Everyone shares a meal together.

Explore our Healthy Village >

A Healthy Village Helps Their Neighbors


“Constant sickness used to make our lives extremely miserable. But now people no longer die. We are happier, healthier, and are more united than we have ever been.”


Read how a village in Uganda helped save lives in a neighboring village.


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Lasting Community Change


  • Intensive 12-18 months of community mobilization during WASH training and construction

  • Monitor water points for 5 additional years after project completion to learn from barriers and challenges

  • Support social structures in communities that will naturally continue to enforce and promote WASH after Lifewater moves to neighboring villages

  • Local churches are trained and activated to lead the WASH efforts in their communities

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