Practical know-how

Revelation Life is a very ‘social’ organisation that places a high value on relationship and working closely with people as people, not projects. We match this people-centred approach with a very practical and personal, hands-on style of training. Add in our reliance on God in all that we do, and this creates a powerful mix that sees people confident and able to move on with their lives with dignity and hope.

Practical training sessions run throughout our work with community groups and are complemented by social, healthcare and nutrition topics. Here are some examples of key practical aspects of our training.

SODIS

The costs of boiling water to drink can be high and so this technique saves families money by using the power of the sun. Approved by WHO and UNICEF, SODIS involves purifying water using the sun’s rays by exposing water bottles to strong UV sunlight for 6 hours – killing germs and making it safe to drink.

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Fuel-efficient stoves

Stoves are used for many hours a day for cooking food and boiling water to drink. The more efficient the stove the less it costs to run and the less harmful gasses it emits. We train families in how to make the most efficient and safest stoves to save money and reduce the number of lives lost to respiratory illnesses like pneumonia.

  Stoves training

Container gardening

Poor nutrition is a common issue for slum families where meals often lack a healthy balance of fruit and vegetables. Training people to grow nutritious food like kale, cabbage and onions in recycled water bottles and jerry cans helps to change this and save money on food costs.

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Keyhole gardens

Households with more space are shown how to make these kitchen gardens that turn household compost waste into plant food through a central ‘basket’. Keyhole gardens grow really well during the dry season (when food prices are high) because their design is so effective in retaining moisture.

  Keyhole Garden, Uganda

Tip Tap hand-washers

Encouraging the washing of hands is the most cost effective health measure the world over. And with all the dangerous bacteria commonly found in slum areas, a cheap hand-washing device is a life-saver. The Tip Tap operates a water filled tipping jerry can by pressing a foot pedal – reducing the spread of germs by keeping hands clean.

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Water jars

With two main seasons in Uganda, the rainy and the dry season, water is either abundant or scarce. To help store water for homes and gardens in the dry months we train people with extra space to make these ferro-cement water jars (mix of metal wire and cement). As they are one of the cheapest, most long lasting ways of storing water, building them can be a great business opportunity for groups.

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Knitting and textiles

Many women in the slum communities have great skills in making mats, bags and other crafts. To create a unique product for selling we train groups in knitting skills and textile patterns, helping them to supply sought after products that make money for a whole group who work together.

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Solar lights

Homes in the slums are often very dark and are lit with small paraffin lamps that can cause burns and fires. We are keen for solar lights to become more widely used as they are safe, cost-effective and more sustainable. Through our partnership with Solar Sister, mamas are trained in selling these lights to make money and improve their local communities. 

  Solar Sister Mamas

Solar bottle lights

Twinned with the idea of solar lights for the night, these ingenious lights give light to dark slum homes in the daytime. Through the refraction of light through bottles filled with water housed in a metal ‘skirt’, homes are lit up without letting rainwater in, making indoor jobs easier and improving people’s wellbeing.

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Mud murals

Sharing knowledge literally saves lives in the slums with outbreaks of diseases like typhoid commonplace. To spread messages cheaply and quickly we use temporary mini-murals that use mud mixed with cassava flour so that they can be washed off easily. Old x-rays provide great stencils, making this one of the cheapest ways of reaching people with life-saving messages.

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Videos in local cinemas

Videos can be a powerful tool to reinforce messages to large numbers of people and to showcase new ideas. We use videos from other NGOs (like Medical Aid Films) and some that we make ourselves. By partnering with local cinema owners in the slums, our portable projector makes itself useful in spreading knowledge.

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