The Three Stones

The Three Stones programme:

    • Emphasizes the intricate relationship between safe water, proper personal hygiene and household sanitation, in addition to balanced diet.
    • Delivers easily-understood quality training to rural communities covering basic practical skills.
    • Encourages the participation of both men and women. As head of the household, training husbands (in addition to wives) fosters a more unified approach to improving family health.
    • Teaches parents how to train their children good health practices. This promotes generational behavior and attitude change passed on from parent to child.
    • Teaches awareness of how to use available resources more effectively by retaining environmental and cultural values.
    • Course attendees are identified and selected from communities and churches of all denominations by their leaders.

 Working through churches in the rural communities is advantageous for the following reasons:

  • Ugandan churches are respected and effective channel of communication.
  • Church members are known to provide a ready and willing volunteer workforce.


Training sessions take place in the local communities, participants learn how to:

    • Differentiate between clean water and safe water.
    • Prevent HIV/AIDs, Malaria, Diarrheoa, TB, and many communicable deseases by practicing the 3 Stones approach.
    • Make a 'Tippy Tap' for improved hand washing techniques.
    • Make a 'Fly Trap' for reduction of fly borne diseases.
    • Maintain a latrine.
    • Keep homes and compounds clean and tidy.
    • Implement improved nutrition as part of disease prevention.
    • Improve farming methods for greater crop diversity


Stone 1- Safe Water


The emphasis of this ‘stone’ is that water from village sources is not safe for drinking unless it is boiled before drinking it. This reduces the incidence of waterborne diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid. Diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of five years worldwide.



Stone 2- Proper hygiene and sanitation

This ‘stone’ focuses on proper hygiene and good sanitation practices for the individual, the family and the community. This includes hand washing which is a simple procedure that prevents the spread of many infections.

A Tippy Tap  (right) is a simple device made using local materials that enables villagers to wash their hands effectively e.g after visiting the toilet.

A Fly Trap is another simple piece of equipment that villagers can use to control flies and improve sanitation. The Fly Traps are placed near latrines and kitchens. These two simple procedures (the tippy tap and fly trap) can have a major impact on the health of the community.




Stone 3- Balanced Diet


 This 'stone' teaches the importance of a balanced diet for the maintenance of a healthy immune system in order to fight diseases.

There is a belief in rural communities that vegetables are for the less priviledged. So people don't find pride in eating them.