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Causes: Christianity, Health, International, International Development, Public Health, Religion

Mission: Lifewater International is a non-profit, Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty.

Target demographics: rural, vulnerable children and families, poverty alleviation

Direct beneficiaries per year: 85,000 vulnerable children and families

Geographic areas served: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda

Programs: community-based Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Sue Tschiegg H.

Donor

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience to walk alongside with the Lifewater International staff as they visited engaged and prospective communities in Uganda. We were greeted by engaged communities with dancing, laughter, gifts and much appreciation for the life and hope that Lifewater has brought to their families. Many stories were shared about how their lives were changed for good when the Lifewater team arrived. Lifewater's approach to Clean Water and Sanitary/Hygiene education is taught by local community leaders, so has high credibility and engagement.

Conversely, we were greeted by prospective communities with pleas for help and I was overwhelmed to witness an open well that is currently used for drinking water. There is so much more that Lifewater could do with additional funding.

Lifewater shares real time results of donor investments and should be on your list to consider for a donation!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported Lifewater International since 1984. I came across a small ad in a water journal while completing my Masters Degree in Environmental Health. As a person who has a deep desire to see the world drink clean water i have been extremely impressed with their simple beginnings and their continued development over the years. Today they are a very well organized entity that has refined their focus and mission. The Healthy Homes project is just one example of how they continue to assess their effectiveness and implement changes to best serve the communities. Their real time data collection is just another example of how they are able to embrace various forms of media to track and evaluate their effectiveness and progress. As a donor it is very easy to see the impacts of my giving. The people who work and volunteer are super nice and friendly and provide excellent feedback and communication regarding projects and their developments. I also respect the balance that as they bring clean water to the thirsty body they bring living water to the soul.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifewater International recruits college students who want to make a difference and gives them a chance to volunteer and serve through local outreaches, fundraiser, and task at their headquarters office. My experience volunteering with lifewater international has been inspiring to see the staff being passionate and driven to bring solutions to the world's biggest problems regarding access to safe and clean water . I have been educated on the sanitation and water crisis around the world and have seen first hand the impact and positive change Lifewater International brings to vulnerable children and women. As a Cal Poly student in San Luis Obispo and volunteering with Lifewater International , they have changed me the way I see the world and changed my perspective on how I live my life and that is to live a life of service and serve the most vulnerable people with the world.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lifewater has exceeded all of my expectations! In the past, I have volunteered for Lifewater and I have been an attendee at an event. Each encounter I have with them, I am so inspired by their passions to serve and help better the world. It is apparent that each member of their team supports and pours their hearts into Lifewater's mission to end the water and sanitation crisis. Through education, accountability, and acknowledgment of each individuals role in the community, Lifewater has truly blessed the world with their approach.

In October, I attended a BBQ fundraiser for Lifewater. I appreciated every detail that went into this event, especially how they gave attendees an opportunity to use virtual reality goggles to have a look at the environment in which these people live. Throughout the event, I was so moved by everyone coming together and giving in order to provide safe bathrooms and clean water to Ethiopia!

My experience as a volunteer was also very meaningful. I was able to engage with the local community, young and old, to educate them about Lifewater's mission. At our booth, we had a jug in order to bring to life the struggle that exists for people in third world countries to get to a water source. The ability to provide such insight to them was very impactful. On top of that, working with people that want to serve and make a lasting imprint on the world for generations to come is amazing.

I feel honored to volunteer for Lifewater as well as be a guest at their events. They truly inspire and empower not only the people they serve, but the people that they bring together.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Our small school group decided to give to LifeWater. The students wanted to taise money to help with the world water crisis. LifeWater was so Brasília in getting the students facts and a fun tour of their offices they have been incredibley helpful and inspiring.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about Lifewater several years ago in college, and always wanted to get involved somehow. For the last few months, I've been fundraising to build a well through Climb for Clean Water. It has been an awesome experience. All of the staff I have talked to have been so kind and helpful. The paperwork part was much easier than I expected; everything was very transparent. Its all so worth it because Lifewater's approach to helping others is so thoughtful and empowering. I got involved because having access to clean water is absolutely at the center of the cycle of poverty. Building a well creates infrastructure, and is an investment in the lives of everyone in the village. I'm excited to see more unfold!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Dave and Mary Edmonds

We have become more and more aware of people on our planet that spend much of their day just trying to find water or not having potable water for basic necessities. We have been looking for a way to try and make a difference and a friend introduced us to Lifewater, International .
Lifewater meets a number of criteria that we feel is important to solve this crisis.
It is a Christian based organization and brings eternal good news along with meeting daily needs.
It emphasizes hygiene and disease prevention along with providing water.
It requires community involvement and community financial input
before they will drill a well.
They have a high long term success rate because of the pre work they do before wells are dug. They do not abandon the projects that have been completed.
These qualities are why we have chosen to back Lifewater financially.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Lifewater for over a year and I am continually impressed by their work. Lifewater is dedicated to bringing sustainable whole life health to those who need it most. Through their healthy village model, Lifewater has been successful at providing clean water, healthy sanitation practices and hygiene education resulting in lasting change for the whole community. I have witnessed first hand the staff’s heart for those they serve and their dedication to financial transparency and careful stewardship. I highly recommend supporting Lifewater.

Jeff53

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I not only had an extraordinary opportunity to do a fundraising climb for Lifewater up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 with my son, Max, but I got to travel to Ethiopia to see first hand the work that Lifewater volunteers and Lifewater's African staff are achieving in remote Ethiopian villages. I got to speak with several Ethiopian residents of these remote communities who told me that the incidence of water-borne diseases in their communities has greatly declined as a result of Lifewater's efforts, which include hygiene education as it pertains to everything from proper hand washing to dish washing (and having the dishes air dry in direct sunlight) as well as the installation of safe water wells. Lifewater staff has also been working with these communities to raise awareness about the importance of proper sanitation, which evolves everything from the installation of latrines next to homes as well as the installation of corrals to better contain animal waste. I also got to see some of the school latrines, which Lifewater constructed, providing privacy and sanitation, which is important, particularly for young girls, who often stop going to school in their late adolescent or teen years if secure latrines are not available. I left Ethiopia with a great sense of pride in what Lifewater is achieving and the difference the organization and its volunteers are making in people's lives.

Previous Stories
1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Lifewater for several years to support the organization's work. I have been so convinced about the value of Lifewater's work that I asked my 17-year-old son to join me on a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro in 2016 as a fundraising effort for Lifewater's water, sanitation and hygiene education projects in Ethiopia. It was an incredible experience. There were a dozen other hikers from across the U.S. on our fundraising climb. Lifewater and its staff and volunteers are very committed to making a positive difference in the lives of some people in remote communities in Africa and Southeast Asia. I have been impressed with this organization and wholehearted support their efforts.

1 Jennifer R.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Lifewater makes a difference in the lives of others with authenticity and excellence. Providing clean, healthy water to people is valuable in itself. Lifewater's vision goes beyond that, providing a holistic model that meets the health and wellness needs of every person it serves. Every interaction with this organization is positive. I am continually impressed with the level of care and detail that goes into everything they do.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifewater has far exceeded my expectations as a nonprofit that I feel good about supporting. I trust them as an organization and know that not only will they get the work done, but they will do it with sustainability and the community in mind. Their approach to a healthy village provides an opportunity to make change that is life-sustaining rather than simply providing a short-term band aid solution. Lifewater's financial transparency has helped me trust that they are stewarding finances well. I love their mission and believe in the work that they are doing around the world.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Lifewater has an amazing vision, plan, and in-country staff to provide safe water and healthy practices education in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Cambodia. They intentionally share Christ's love in the process. I am so happy to be a part through giving and praying.

2 Amie H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lifewater is a fantastic charity if you are looking to empower families rather than just show them charity. They really work together with the community members, helping them realize their own abilities. Households carry out measures to improve their own health and achieve a healthy home status. The village receives a well after several layers of behavior change is in place and widely visible.

That's the kind of change that lasts!

1 cainsworth20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer with Lifewater International for ten years and I can easily say that I am continually inspired by their pursuit of ending the global water crisis.
Lifewater cares deeply about people around the world suffering from lack of clean water and healthy sanitation practices and I have seen first-hand the incredible impact that education and access to clean water in vulnerable communities. The holistic approach that LI has created doesn't only find clean water, they work alongside the communities to remove the barriers that prevent the people from life-changing practices. It's amazing to see the energy, excitement and commitment that entire villages exude to make generation long changes that will improve their quality of life, and generations to come after them.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Our church has supported Lifewater International for a number of years now and I am not only impressed with their professionalism, but equally blessed with their heart to bring clean water to the less fortunate of the world. We've partnered with Lifewater in building a water wells in Cambodia and Ethiopia. Lifewater's approach to ministry is practical, pragmatic and overly life changing. We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful nonprofit and look forward to many years of serving together.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I use water to save lives in the manner shown in my pic. Life water uses water to save lives with a much higher calling. I have been supporting Lifewater for several years now and have become very familiar with this organization. What impresses me is that they do what they say they do then back it up and follow through.
Lifewater lives out In the same way I do the command we have been given by Jesus. "To care for the poor". In 2018 it is hard to believe that there are still those that are unable to obtain fresh clean water. Life water not only provides the means for sustainable water supply, but continues with education for sanitation, hygiene, and maintenance of the water source to the communities they serve. This is, in my opinion, the proper way to provide life saving disease free access to water.
There are many other organizations that may provide water through the drilling of wells and affixing a well-head and pump. However many of these same organizations do not follow up and leave the communities high and dry with only temporary water sources. Lifewater does not do this they put in place the resources needed for the communities to maintain the wells through the communities own funding and education to re[pair the source as the needs arise. Lifewater also maintains contact through technology to get real time data and information directly from the communities to provide information that sustains the water source and the community.
Good stewards of their funds they receive and are always accountable for their spending by being transparent with their budget and spending.
But, most of all they share the love of God with the people so they will always have hope and love to sustain them spiritually.

1 Steve Hall.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I highly recommend supporting Lifewater International. They believe that every underserved child and family should have the opportunity to drink safe water and to live free of water-borne diseases, and that anything less is a grave injustice. By supporting the work of Lifewater you can provide more water to vulnerable children and families than you ever thought possible.

As a long time employee of a non profit that has collaborated with them on dozens of water and sanitation projects in Ethiopia and Cambodia, I can attest to the dedication and impact of their work. Lifewater International continues to be a valuable partner to us and we hope to continue including them in our program for many years to come!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

In February 2017 I had the amazing opportunity to visit Uganda to observe firsthand Lifewater in-country staff serving their rural schools and communities. I was overwhelmed and deeply blessed witnessing their godly commitment and love to minister to all in Jesus' name.

James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing well.' (James 2:8) Lifewater is indeed doing well.

To a person they seek to be a humble and effective relational conduit for sharing in practical ways God's redemptive waters in the Messiah with their countrymen. They labor from sun up to sun down to educate, train and provide through partnerships life's basic necessities for hygiene and clean water. Lifewater is making a true difference.

I visited elementary grade schools in the Kaliro District, some with 1,000 students, having no electricity or clean running water. Lifewater partners with the school administrators, students, and their parents to provision and maintain new latrines separated for girls and boys. And to promote hygienic use of these facilities, the roofs of the latrines collect rain water into large, secure storage tanks from which the student-body can readily wash their hands after each use. The sense of gratitude and ownership expressed by the teachers, students and parents was profoundly evident in their songs, speeches, and skits.

I also visited communities where Lifewater is inserting deep water wells to eliminate the need to draw water for drinking and washing from open, generational sources contaminated daily by animals and livestock. The provision of the deep water wells brings fundamental improvement to the general welfare of the community.

House-by-house the Lifewater teams labors to ensure each resident is trained and certified in the simple but effective use of clean water, sanitary latrines, and practical hygiene for life's daily needs. And they are seeing and documenting a profound change for the better. Through regular follow-ups, they meticulously track reductions in disease and illness for publishing to the World Health Organization. And apparently, the WHO is duly impressed by their results in comparison with other NGO hygiene programs.

So in conclusion, please prayerfully consider partnering with Lifewater. Lifewater welcomes your questions, and will even provide opportunity for your to become personally involved in bringing clean water and hygiene to some of the world's most at-risk communities.

Greg Poirier
08 Oct 2017

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Why am I such a vocal and financial supporter of Lifewater? Real and sustainable change is the key for me with the right motives, vision, and leadership.

There are many charities that give funds or build wells, but that’s not how I see Lifewater (or how I just see them). It is an empowering organization, an organization that supports those in need, an organization that works alongside the local communities, and an organization that starts with ‘why’. The approach of sanitation, hygiene, and clean water is incredibly sound and proven effective in helping many vulnerable peoples. It's an organization of action.

An organization to meet its vision needs the right leadership. I’ve not only met the leadership team of Lifewater, I’ve spent real time with them whether on a mountainside, in the slums, or riding hours in a van on an African dirt road. In that time I’ve gotten to challenge, to listen, to learn, and to really see into the hearts of these people. I’ve never seen so much passion, God-centered thinking, and desire to make a change with the brains and grit to engage and bring along others on this journey. I’m a different person than I was because of them; I’m honored to call them my friends now. Lifewater is also amazingly efficient in that nearly all the monies that come in go directly to impacting those that in need. It’s not about them but about doing what Christ has asked us to do to help those in need. “Less of me, more of You” is a prayer I heard many times and everyone there lives those words.

Last year, I had the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro through Lifewater with a group to raise funds for the organization to work into new communities. It was an incredible experience: to check off a bucket list item with a team of like-minded people, to see the culture and natural beauty, but most of all to be a small part of something bigger. Our team was able to raise over $100k, and through that our supporters also gained an awareness of the needs and what this organization does to help. If you have ever considered doing this climb, I would highly recommend you watch for their future trips – they helped take care of all the logistics so I could focus on raising funds and the hike is better with such a supportive team around you.

I can’t speak highly enough of Lifewater. Read up yourself on what they do and how they do it, meet the leadership and other team members, see their actions and listen to their passion - you’ll quickly know what I mean.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the people at Lifewater International and the work they do in caring for others in need around the world. When I think of the Lifewater team, I am reminded of Isaiah 58:6-7, where the Lord reminds His people that caring those in need, not religious rule-keeping, is what He delights in:

“Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?" ESV

My name is Luke, a civil engineer and construction project manager working in the water industry in California, and I have had the privilege of taking part in an adventure-filled fundraiser for Lifewater in 2016. I and a group of other Lifewater supporters and staff climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money and support for current Lifewater projects around the world. It was an especially touching experience for myself and all who were involved to get to be a part of such a worthy cause.

Though I have not personally been involved as boots-on-the-ground on any of Lifewater's projects, I can speak directly to the character of their staff and dedicated volunteers - that they are genuine and wholeheartedly committed to serving those in need by providing the basic necessities of clean drinking water and sanitation. Their work is built on a deep faith in Christ and motivated by the knowledge that He has made them and sustains them for this purpose.

Please consider supporting Lifewater International today.